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British Lung Foundation invites respiratory physios to join its 'professionals' scheme

1 October 2014

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) has launched an initiative to encourage physiotherapists working in respiratory care to engage with its work.

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The charity has invited physios to join its BLF Professionals scheme in which physios support the work of the foundation in return for a range of educational and other benefits. These include

  • free regional study days held in each region every year
  • networking with other respiratory health professionals
  • £30 towards membership of the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK, or the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care
  • testimonials to demonstrate continuing professional development
  • support in developing and improving services for people with lung disease

In return, physiotherapists are asked to support the charity in one or more ways. The options include engaging with

  • local ‘Breath Easy’ groups
  • local campaigns and helping to raise awareness of the BLF’s work
  • study days, or helping to organise one
  • working groups looking at a specific project or topic

The BLF said there is also an option to choose something that better fits the physio’s own professional objectives or specific interests in respiratory care.

Catherine Thompson, chair of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care, told Frontline that the association encouraged respiratory physios to apply for the scheme.

Ms Thompson, who is head of patient experience for acute services at NHS England, said: ‘BLF Professionals offers great education opportunities and provides a way for physios to give greater support to the patient population.’

To join or find out more, contact Bethany Bateman at the BLF on 0207 688 5557 or email: hcp@blf.org.uk

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