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A room at the Kia Oval was packed with over 120 primary care professionals attending a respiratory protected learning time (PLT) event at the beginning of the month. “This was the best PLT ever,” said one participant.
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The session gave updates on important local priorities within respiratory medicine. This included education on new local treatment guidelines for adult asthma and COPD that reflect latest evidence. 

During the event the Lambeth and Southwark Singing 4 Better Breathing choirs demonstrated how singing improves their quality of life. Choir members described how singing helped them to better control their respiratory conditions and reduce their anxiety. 

“The singing session was fantastic and gave insight into a fab programme,” a participant commented.

With the number of different inhaler types increasing significantly, and knowing that only 7-11% of patients and healthcare professionals can demonstrate effective inhalation with inhalers, the session on inhaler technique training was very well received. Participants practised with placebo inhalers to build confidence in demonstrating devices to their patients.

“The event was very successful with a great attendance. The interactive sessions on singing and inhaler technique training were particular highlights from feedback we received,” said Dr Azhar Saleem, GP Respiratory Lead. 

“Participants were told about novel new approaches to lung cancer diagnosis and an innovative new website and app to help prescribe inhalers appropriately while helping patients to reinforce inhaler technique. The learning from this event will help healthcare professionals optimise patient care when supporting patients in making treatment decisions, and with signposting them to supported self-management such as Singing 4 Better Breathing.” 

The CCG thanks Dr Azhar Saleem, Dr Irem Patel, Grainne d’Ancona, Dr Gary Ruiz, the Singing for Better Breathing choir, the Medicines and Long term conditions commissioning team and other Lambeth CCG staff for delivering a great event.

The PLT session included:
  • launch of new south east London guidelines for adult asthma and COPD
  • inhaler technique training
  • RightBreathe project (new website and app covering all inhaler drugs and devices)
  • High-value respiratory care
  • Paediatric asthma and CYPHP update
  • Novel approaches to lung cancer diagnosis
  • Multi-morbidity update