Read about our recent work, views from healthcare professionals and stories from people affected by lung disease.
We need more joined up thinking between heart and lung disease specialists
Phill, 66, a retired salesperson, lives in Bedworth with his wife, who acts as his carer. He shares his experiences of a complex diagnosis journey for his cardiac and respiratory conditions.
It’s a full-time job managing your lung condition, and I’m still learning now
Andrew, 64, lives in Worcestershire and works as a computer engineering technician. He was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 2011. His story highlights the importance of a patient understanding their lung condition in order to manage it through exercise.
It is important that Very Brief Advice is embedded in your mind
Darush Attar-Zadeh, a Respiratory Lead Pharmacist in Barnet, and Community Pharmacist, explains why it’s important that Very Brief Advice is embedded in a health care professional’s mind, and elaborates on why he uses an Ask, Advise and Act formula.
You never know the impact that Very Brief Advice can have on helping someone quit smoking
Sheila Hodges, a general practice nurse in Manchester, discusses the realities of delivering Very Brief Advice (VBA).
The desire to smoke never leaves you, it’s always there and it’s always a battle
Ron, 60 from Lincoln, has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). He shares his story of giving up smoking when he was in his fifties, and the support that he received.
We need to let patients know that it’s not easy to quit smoking but that you are there to support them
Steve Holmes, a General Practitioner in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, has an interest in medical education and respiratory conditions. Here he gives tips and insights into how to deliver Very Brief Advice (VBA).
Increasing our understanding of the state of care for people with lung conditions will help shape care in the future
Rachael Andrews, Deputy Programme Manager at the National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme (NACAP), explains how the audit helps to improve respiratory care.
The Taskforce will continue to campaign for change on behalf of people with lung disease
Sarah MacFadyen, Vice Chair of the Taskforce for Lung Health, writes about the challenges the respiratory sector will face in 2021, and the role of the Taskforce in campaigning for improved care and support for people with lung conditions.
A prescription for change
In November 2020, the patient representatives of the Taskforce for Lung Health, supported by the wider Taskforce membership, wrote a letter to the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, and Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, to call for a commitment towards delivering genuine change and progress for people living with lung disease.