IPCRG welcomes new Members!
We summarise how we might partner with each other to improve
respiratory health in primary care. IPCRG's vision is "Breathing and
feeling well through universal access to right care" and our mission is
"Working locally in primary care and collaborating globally to improve
respiratory health". Therefore we welcome national groups to join us as Members
with their own objectives and organisation, but with an interest in global
collaboration to meet our mission.
What do you need to do?
1. Read the joining criteria below. The endpoint is for you to apply as a group, to become a Member of
IPCRG. To accept your organisations as a Member we would you to complete the online
form to show how your met these criteria. There is no single model for our
national members; some are respiratory charities (eg NAC Australia); others
are sub-groups of the national GP group (eg RespiRO, Romania); others are
standalone primary care groups (PCRS-UK, GRAP Spain), and others are a mix of
respiratory-interested colleagues working on the frontline, some of whom
may hold secondary or tertiary care roles too. Applications received by
mid-April can be reviewed by our Board of Directors and then issued to the
Members to be voted on at the AGM which normally takes place in May at our
2. Our next world conference is Dublin 2020: www.ipcrg2020.org It would
be excellent if you or colleagues would submit some abstracts to this
meeting - and then also be available to attend the AGM. The scope includes
chronic and infectious respiratory diseases, tobacco dependence and
respiratory symptoms common in primary care.
3. For Dublin 2020, for the first time, we are calling for submissions for proposals
for the main parallel sessions and workshops as well as research oral
presentations and posters. Information is found on the website
4. Currently we are running several global programmes which our Members might engage in:eg our social
movement Asthma Right Care. Here is the link to some of the information
5. We have also been running a new Teach the Teacher programme on children
with asthma with our members in the US, Spain, Malaysia and Singapore.
6. We aim to broaden our reach and therefore are actively seeking more
engagement from pharmacists, nurses and physiotherapists. Here's the request.
Joining criteria for country members
There are ten joining criteria for new member countries to join the IPCRG:
Full (“Ordinary” in legal terms) members (country groups with a primary care respiratory interest) will be recommended by the Board for adoption by the members at the next Annual General Meeting of the IPCRG if the directors judge the organisation is sufficiently robust and can provide written/photographic evidence of:
- Written purpose of the organisation
Written rules including inclusive membership rules appropriate for a primary care group with a respiratory interest in that country
Geographical spread: representation from more than one university/region
Independence from undue influence (eg pharmaceutical industry, tobacco industry, politics, secondary care, commercial enterprise)
A non-personal bank account so that funds raised for primary care respiratory purposes are safeguarded for those purposes
Elected officers with a limit on the terms of office and written down responsibilities and roles
An up-to-date list of individual members that the group represents and a way of contacting them
A process for seeking and representing individual members' views
Written plan about existing/future direction and materials (membership, activities, resources, research, presence and influence)
- Agreement to include the IPCRG logo on your website and actively promote our meetings, conferences and any educational or research project as requested
Please answer these questions by completing the form here https://forms.gle/jjKRoUEUD9t5Cokc6.
Please note you may include links to website addresses in response to the questions. If you would like to provide documents in response, please email these to BusinessManager@theipcrg.org including IPCRG Membership Application in the email header.
- Benefits of Joining (pdf)
- Guide to Starting a Group (pdf)
- IPCRG Membership Policy (pdf)
- Primary care and chronic lung disease - making the case (pdf)
If the country is elected the IPCRG will
- Invite your nominated representative to join the IPCRG Senate who may vote at our Annual General Meeting
- Invite your organisation to collaborate in planning new educational, conference and research activities
- Invite your organisation to nominate colleagues to take part in new initiatives
- Inform your organisation of new educational products and resources that are available to use, adapt and circulate.
The IPCRG expects members to:
- Promote IPCRG educational and research activities, including our conferences, and products through its website, webpage or through other channels such as emails or messaging
- Provide feedback on IPCRG activities and resources so that these are responsive to need, and continually improve
- Adapt relevant resources to fit their healthcare context and language
- Engage with IPCRG committees and working groups, where relevant
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