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Dear All 

I am delighted to announce the appointment of two new directors to the IPCRG Board: Professor Khoo Ee Ming, Professor of Family Medicine from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Mr Etienne Jap Tjoen San, strategy consultant, from the Netherlands.  They have volunteered to join the Board to strengthen our strategic and fundraising capability, and our understanding of developing primary care respiratory clinicians and researchers in Asia.

You will have an opportunity to meet them at our 9th World Conference/1st Ibero-American conference in Porto 31 May-2 June.  Look out for the e-alert about this.

We also extend our thanks to Dr Beraki Ghezai, Norway, who has now stood down as director, for his contribution to the Board, in particular in supporting membership development.

Research sub-committee

With the new chair, Dr Rachel Jordan, we have begun to implement revised terms of reference for this committee, and welcome Drs Janwillem Kocks, clinical researcher and Chris Newby, statistician,  as new members, and Drs Esther Metting and Andy Dickens as observers.

We will be sending news shortly about the launch of two new networks for primary care respiratory researchers.

For an overview of research activities go here:

For latest news on FRESH AIR, go here

Education sub-committee

This is also beginning to implement revised terms of reference and we welcome Dr Luis Alves as a new member, and thank Dr John Fardy and Prof Nick Zwar for their long service and wise advice.

Full lists of all Board and committee members can be found here 

The IPCRG is engaged in some exciting education initiatives at present, including implementation of a Teach the Teacher programme in Eastern Europe on treating tobacco dependence, funded by Global Bridges.    Our expert faculty has run a Teach the Teacher meeting with teams of five teachers from four countries.  These teachers are now preparing or have run a national teach the teacher meeting, and will then cascade their learning on Very Brief Advice to primary care.   For an update on Romania see our latest tweet here

We have also been providing expert clinical advice to - see 6 asthma case studies here developed by our team of Dr Jaime  Correia de Sousa, Prof Hilary Pinnock, and Dr Noel Baxter as well as many other infographics and material you may wish to use here

Our latest collaborations, presentations and workshops with WONCA are all available here including presentations for download.  Thanks to our 2017 team of Drs Miguel Roman, Ioanna Tsiligianni, Jaime Correia de Sousa, Rui Costa, Sonia Martins and to Jim Reid for coordination.

We are also preparing two sets of materials for you to use and share: 

Resources on pulmonary rehabilitation: please go here to download the new Desktop helper, and find many other practical and inspiring resources on how to set up pulmonary rehabilitation in the community and how to refer using the ask, advise and act approach.  A position paper is at review stage and will be available shortly.  A big thanks to  Boehringer Ingelheim, who funded the experience-led care meeting, writing and production. IPCRG is totally responsible for the meeting and drafting.

Personalised care in asthma: a desktop helper, position paper and set of teaching slides will be available next year. Thanks to all those who attended a recent experience-led care meeting, chaired by Prof Steph Taylor. See everyone here. We appreciate financial support from GlaxoSmithKlein, who are funding the meeting, writing and production.  IPCRG is totally responsible for the meeting and drafting.

Journal news

Finally, our journal, npgPCRM, has assembled a special collection of articles here for Respiratory Care Week 22-28 October 2017, which raises awareness for improving lung health around the world.  In support of this important mission we've assembled a special collection of articles, highlighting key research from npj Primary Care Respiratory MedicineClick here to view the special collection. 

GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY—50% Discount for IPCRG Members:

As an official partner of the journal, a special 50% discount on the article processing charge is available for IPCRG members. The discounted rate is also available to those who have presented an abstract or poster at an IPCRG conference within the previous year, if an article for which they are the corresponding author is accepted for publication within the journal.

Nature Research offers an article processing charge support service to make it easier for authors to discover and apply for open access funding - visit our website to learn more.



Raising awareness of bronchiectasis in primary care: overview of diagnosis and management strategies in adults
James D. Chalmers & Sanjay Sethi

Smoke-free legislation and child health
Timor Faber, Jasper V. Been, Irwin K. Reiss, Johan P. Mackenbach & Aziz Sheikh

Stage 1 development of a patient-reported experience measure (PREM) for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Susan Walker, Sharon Andrew, Matthew Hodson & C. Michael Roberts

Effectiveness and success factors of educational inhaler technique interventions in asthma & COPD patients: a systematic review
Sven L. Klijn, Mickaël Hiligsmann, Silvia M. A. A. Evers, Miguel Román-Rodríguez, Thys van der Molen & Job F. M. van Boven

Part of the Nature Partner Journals series, the journal is published in partnership with the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK (PCRS-UK) and the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG).


Kind regards

Jaime Correia de Sousa

PS Do remember to add the dates of the World Conference to your diaries, and start looking at flights and accommodation now!