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Speaker ideas for your Breathe Easy group

Here are some ideas for speakers you might like to invite to your group.

Check out our guide on organising meetings for tips on getting the most out of your speakers.

Lung health

Respiratory consultant

  • Specialist subjects about lung health
  • A day in the life of a lung consultant
  • General questions and answers
  • Updates on local lung health

Respiratory nurse

  • How your lungs work
  • Inhalers
  • Nebulisers
  • Managing an exacerbation
  • Vaccinations
  • Medications and how they work
  • Keeping warm in the winter

Respiratory physiotherapist

  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Exercise
  • Airway clearance
  • Breathing techniques

Oxygen supplier

  • Home or ambulatory oxygen

Clinical commissioning group

  • Your local health service

Practice nurse

  • A day in the life of a practice nurse

General health


  • General question and answers
  • A day in the life of a GP
  • Making the most of your GP
  • Exercise referral


  • Making the most of your pharmacist
  • The services they offer
  • Medication and inhalers

Occupational therapist

  • Trips and falls
  • Equipment to help your day-to-day life


  • Losing or gaining weight
  • Healthy eating


  • Yoga, pilates, tai chi
  • Dancing (line, belly, salsa...)
  • Walking for health
  • Asthma + Lung UK Active instructor

Community information

Local MP

  • A day in the life of an MP
  • Question and answer session
  • Discuss local issues


  • A day in the life of a magistrate
  • Their experiences

Citizens Advice or local Job Centre

  • Welfare and benefits support
  • Finance and pensions
  • What support is on offer?

Community police

  • Safety in the home
  • Crime prevention
  • Local police services

Fire service

  • Preventing fires in the home

Local interest and hobbies

  • Local history society
  • Family history society
  • Museums, theatres, zoos, clubs, football club
  • Bird watching
  • Card making
  • Gardening
  • Board games

Related support

  • PALS and the services they offer
  • Mind, Rethink or local mental health srvices
  • Carers Network
  • Stop smoking team
  • Age UK and services for older people
  • Butekyo - a popular breathing technique
  • Massage or reflexology