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Celebrating 2016: a round-up of our year

By Dr. Lisa Davies, BTS Chair and Respiratory Futures editorial sub-committee member

Monday, December 19, 2016

  • Trainees' forum: crowdsourcing the best of research, leadership, management and QIP, and medical education
  • Features: oxygen, asthma, smoking cessation & innovation
  • Jargon buster: a dynamic glossary of the terms commonly used
  • Live debate: The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Respiratory Health


Since its soft launch at the BTS Winter Meeting 2014, Respiratory Futures has evolved considerably, refining its focus to engage respiratory HCPs and the wider healthcare system.

This year we’ve enjoyed several highs, building a regular readership, increasing our social media presence and securing investment from a number of important stakeholders.

Read on for highlights of our work in 2016 and what's ahead in 2017.


Trainees' forum

The success of our Trainees’ forum, with its constantly updating collection of the best online educational resources, is no small part due to project champions Alex Wilkinson, Laura-Jane Smith and Charlotte Addy. Read their 'story so far' feature on where the idea for the Trainees' programme on Respiratory Futures came from, as well as insight into their motivation and future plans.

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We continue to curate topical editorial content to help ‘unpack’ the detail behind key BTS initiatives. For example, those accessing our Oxygen Programme can also read a feature on Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s award-winning oxygen-wristband pilot study.

More recently, our conversation with John White explained the thinking behind the new BTS/SIGN asthma guideline, whilst our interview with Sanjay Agrawal discussed the report that revealed UK hospitals are failing to meet national standards in smoking cessation.

We also promoted NHSE Innovation Fellow Tapas Mukherjee’s latest asthma video recently; aimed at patients, it addresses inhaler technique head-on with song and dance.

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Jargon buster

This month we are delighted to launch the first phase of our new Jargon buster. Given the speed and scale of change in our sector, it’s timely for Respiratory Futures to offer this dynamic glossary of the terms commonly used by respiratory healthcare professionals and those working with them. From QALY to QIPP to QOF, we hope you'll share this valuable tool with colleagues and peers and let us know if we've missed out any recent jargon of merit!

Visit the Jargon buster


Public-private partnerships debate, January 2017

Looking ahead, Respiratory Futures is not letting the digital grass grow under its feet for 2017! On the 19th January, we are hosting a live debate on The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Respiratory Health at the Royal College of Physicians, with an expert panel chaired by Dr. Phil Hammond.

This is a free event and tickets are limited, so register your place now.


See you in 2017!