The newly formed Leeds Respiratory Network has been working with Clinical Commissioning Groups to improve asthma services in the area and enhance the communication between primary and secondary care.
As a result of its engagement, it is hoped that recommendations such as standardised asthma UK care plans and obtaining a respiratory lead in each practice will be implemented. Leeds Respiratory Network is working with a broad network of healthcare professionals which includes not just practice nurses but also school nurses, prison nurses, community and secondary care nurses, hospice nurses, community matrons and pharmacists etc.
Practice nurses and co-founders of Leeds Respiratory Network Sarah Anderson and Melissa Canavan have been making the most of social media to spread the word, with a blog (respiratorynetworkleeds.blogspot.co.uk), Twitter feed (@RespNetwork), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/LeedsRespiratoryNetwork) and even posting a YouTube video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh7JJDGFAxY).
National Clinical Director Professor Mike Morgan was among a range of speakers at an inaugural event for Leeds Respiratory Network on 22nd October 2014, co-hosted by PCRS-UK.