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We look forward to meeting you at the  IPCRG World Conference in Porto. The conference starts on 31st May and ends on 2nd June 2018. 

 

*Education**Education**Education**Education**Education**Education*

 

IPCRG member countries and partners are engaged in a wide range of educational initiatives and activities related to respiratory diagnosis, treatment and management in primary care settings, which involves different audiences - patients, healthcare professionals and communities. There is an wide range of teaching and learning approaches on offer to address this need - this includes traditional lectures, case based learning programmes and increasingly, online and technology based education packages. 

 

If you are involved in primary care respiratory education, we have a number of events which will be of interest:

  • The first IPCRG education/research network meeting will take place from 8.00am - 9.00am on Saturday 2nd June 2018. We invite you to participate in a discussion and key presentations relating to IPCRG research and education activity.  How we can best engage members in IPCRG generated research and education and also how we can generate ideas?  In this meeting  we will have a discussion about this key question and we’ll hear from two colleagues who are leading innovative educational initiatives. Catalina Panaitescu has been leading a programme to build capacity for education and treatment of tobacco dependence in Romania which is part of an IPCRG Teach the Teacher programme funded by Global Bridges.  Derek Forde is an GP trainer from Ireland, who is testing a model to teach students and clinicians new to COPD the key points for their practice.  These two presentations will be followed by a further discussion about the value,  challenges and limitations in primary care education and in particular how we can demonstrate its short and long term impact; we will also explore how IPCRG can develop its education network and how members can take an active role in the network.   Please join us, join in the discussion, and meet others involved in teaching, learning and research.  

 

  • In a new collaboration between IPCRG and the Public Health Foundation India (PHFI) we are pleased to announce a 'sensitisation workshop' for those who want to develop an in-country Certificate Course in COPD-Asthma for primary care physicians (CCCA). The primary objective of the Certificate Course is to enhance the knowledge, skills and core competencies of Primary Care Physicians in the management of COPD and Asthma.  “CCCA is a unique course in terms of evidence-based learning, with an up-to-date curriculum and inputs from national experts and a regional faculty, on-the-job training, and a robust monitoring & supervision strategy”  The duration of the Certificate Course is 8 months, with a once-a-month contact session, which is scheduled on a designated weekend at regional centres. The language is English. This workshop will prepare colleagues to set up an in-country CCCA programme with full access to the processes and all materials. The workshop will take place from 9.00am - 11.30am on Saturday 2nd June 2018.  Please contact Juliet McDonnell to register.  It will be a great opportunity to learn from a country with an enormous burden of chronic respiratory disease how it has set about achieving universal coverage.  PHFI delivers a wide range of programmes (see a Lancet Diabetes  & Endocrinology editorial on its Diabetes programme) and has shared its programmes with other governments such as Nepal and Bhutan.

 

  • Throughout the conference programme there are  a range of presentations and posters on education projects. Highlights include:   
    • Feasibility of conducting an internet-based Spirometry training for health care workers in Uganda: The Fresh Air Horizon 2020 experience;
    • Teaching and learning about respiratory disease in primary health care in Portugal: A Delphi study;
    • Asthma Best Practice (ABP): A national asthma education program changing primary health care practice;
    • An implementation strategy for a midwife-led education programme of biomass smoke reduction among pregnant women and postnatal mothers in Uganda;
    • Efficacy of an Educational Intervention in the Sustained Improvement of Inhalation Technique;
    • REducing Delay through edUcation on eXacerbations (REDUX) in patients with COPD;
    • Effectiveness of different interventions in the education of COPD patients about inhaler technique;
    • Effectiveness of 2x2-hour traditional lectures and case methods in Swedish GPs' continuing medical education about COPD: a cluster randomized controlled trial;
    • Delivering internet-based spirometry training for health care workers in four countries: The FRESH AIR H2020 experience;
    • The effect on knowledge and practice of training rural health care workers in treating asthma in children under five.  A FRESH AIR study.

The conference App is available here and  you will be able to create your own itinerary: education presentations and abstracts are tagged Education!

 

Follow the conference on Twitter @ipcrg2018 & on Facebook at ipcrg2018 

We look forward to meeting you in Porto. Join us as we share strategies to improve teaching and learning for global respiratory health.


 

Prof Hilary Pinnock

Chair, IPCRG Education Committee

  
 
Dear Colleagues 
 
We look forward to meeting you at the IPCRG World Conference in Porto. The conference starts on 31st May and ends on 2nd June 2018. 
 
*Education**Education**Education**Education**Education**Education*
 
IPCRG member countries and partners are engaged in a wide range of educational initiatives and activities related to respiratory diagnosis, treatment and management in primary care settings, which involves different audiences - patients, healthcare professionals and communities. There is an wide range of teaching and learning approaches on offer to address this need - this includes traditional lectures, case based learning programmes and increasingly, online and technology based education packages. 
 
If you are involved in primary care respiratory education, we have a number of events which will be of interest:
  • The first IPCRG education/research network meeting will take place from 8.00am - 9.00am on Saturday 2nd June 2018. In this meeting we will give an overview of the IPCRG education strategy and we’ll hear from two colleagues who are leading innovative educational initiatives. Catalina Panaitescu has been leading a programme to build capacity for education and treatment of tobacco dependence in Romania which is part of an IPCRG Teach the Teacher programme funded by Global Bridges.  Derek Forde is an GP trainer from Ireland, who is testing a model to teach students and clinicians new to COPD the key points for their practice.  These two presentations will be followed by a discussion about the value,  challenges and limitations in primary care education and in particular how we can demonstrate its short and long term impact; we will also explore how IPCRG can develop its education network and how members can take an active role in the network.   Please join us, join in the discussion, and meet others involved in teaching and learning. 
 
  • In a new collaboration between IPCRG and the Public Health Foundation India (PHFI) we are pleased to announce a 'sensitisation workshop' for those who want to develop an in-country Certificate Course in COPD-Asthma for primary care physicians (CCCA). The primary objective of the Certificate Course is to enhance the knowledge, skills and core competencies of Primary Care Physicians in the management of COPD and Asthma.  “CCCA is a unique course in terms of evidence-based learning, with an up-to-date curriculum and inputs from national experts and a regional faculty, on-the-job training, and a robust monitoring & supervision strategy”  The duration of the Certificate Course is 8 months, with a once-a-month contact session, which is scheduled on a designated weekend at regional centres. The language is English. This workshop will prepare colleagues to set up an in-country CCCA programme with full access to the processes and all materials. The workshop will take place from 9.00am - 11.30am on Saturday 2nd June 2018.  Please contact Juliet McDonnell to register.  It will be a great opportunity to learn from a country with an enormous burden of chronic respiratory disease how it has set about achieving universal coverage.  PHFI delivers a wide range of programmes (see a Lancet Diabetes  & Endocrinology editorial on its Diabetes programme) and has shared its programmes with other governments such as Nepal and Bhutan.


Throughout the conference programme there are a range of presentations and posters on education projects.
 
Highlights include:  
 
  • Feasibility of conducting an internet-based Spirometry training for health care workers in Uganda: The Fresh Air Horizon 2020 experience;
  • Teaching and learning about respiratory disease in primary health care in Portugal: A Delphi study;
  • Asthma Best Practice (ABP): A national asthma education program changing primary health care practice;
  • An implementation strategy for a midwife-led education programme of biomass smoke reduction among pregnant women and postnatal mothers in Uganda;
  • Efficacy of an Educational Intervention in the Sustained Improvement of Inhalation Technique;
  • REducing Delay through edUcation on eXacerbations (REDUX) in patients with COPD;
  • Effectiveness of different interventions in the education of COPD patients about inhaler technique;
  • Effectiveness of 2x2-hour traditional lectures and case methods in Swedish GPs' continuing medical education about COPD: a cluster randomized controlled trial;
  • Delivering internet-based spirometry training for health care workers in four countries: The FRESH AIR H2020 experience;
  • The effect on knowledge and practice of training rural health care workers in treating asthma in children under five.  A FRESH AIR study.
The conference app will be available from May 1st and you will be able to create your own itinerary: education presentations and abstracts are tagged Education!
 
 
We look forward to meeting you in Porto.  Join us as we share strategies to improve teaching and learning for global respiratory health.
 
 
Prof Hilary Pinnock
Chair, IPCRG Education Committee 

 

Following the success of our programme in Uganda, the IPCRG is delighted to announce that we will be running one of 11 new projects focused on treating tobacco dependence in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region. The grants were awarded following a competitive review of proposals to Global Bridges and Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning and Change for projects that will help more Europeans improve their health by stopping tobacco use with support from healthcare professionals.

Global Bridges is a science-based initiative that mobilizes healthcare professionals and organizations dedicated to advancing effective tobacco dependence treatment and tobacco policy change. Global Bridges offers competitive grant funding and guidance for evidence-based capacity building with programmatic support from its founding partners, the Mayo Clinic and the American Cancer Society. The organization’s grantees and network members work in more than 63 countries, including low- and middle-income countries.

 

Project title: Capacity Building - Teaching the teachers of primary healthcare professionals to treat tobacco dependence

Main collaborators:

• Bulgarian General Practice Society for Research and Education

• Centre for Family Medicine, Medical Faculty, University Ss Cyril and Methodius, Skopje

• Kyrgyz Thoracic Society

• RespiRo (National Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and the National Society of Family Doctors)


Project goal:

To develop a sustainable network of teachers who will increase the capacity of healthcare professionals working in primary care to treat tobacco dependence in four countries: Romania, Bulgaria, the Republic of Macedonia and the Kyrgyz Republic.

These four countries in the WHO European Region have high rates of smoking andexperience similar challenges in the provision of evidence-based treatment for tobacco dependence. The World Health Organization has called for smoking cessation to be integrated into primary healthcare globally. This requires primary care professionals have the capacity, opportunity and motivation to provide treatment and are able to prescribe pharmacotherapy that is affordable to patients. However, in the four participating countries, evidence shows provision of treatment and access to pharmacotherapy is low.


The project will equip 1,000 primary healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to treat tobacco dependence confidently in their community, using a cascading “Teach the Teachers” model, developed and used successfully by IPCRG. Participants will be recruited by IPCRG’s partner organisations in each of the four countries that are established providers of continuing medical education (CME). These primary

healthcare professionals will see more than 165,000 patients who are current smokers every year. The project will contribute to an increase in quit attempts and improving access to pharmacotherapy by increasing knowledge of and demand for it. It will also contribute to spreading and sustaining education on treatment for tobacco dependence by ensuring themodules it develops are recognised by CME providers.

Timescale:

Our project begins this month, and will continue through to March 2019.

 

More on Global Bridges

These new funded projects (total investment USD 2 million) are consistent with the Global Bridges mission to support a global network of healthcare professionals and organizations committed to tobacco dependence treatment and advocating for effective tobacco control policy.

The request for proposals called for projects focused on two specific areas of interest:

  • Capacity building initiatives, including development of educational materials, for healthcare professionals in tobacco dependence treatment
  • Advocacy programs aimed at implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 14 and its guidelines at the national level

The eleven projects will involve a broad range of healthcare professionals in multiple European countries, including primary care physicians, health workers in hospitals, nurses, pulmonary specialists and providers treating pregnant women. Projects will leverage the crucial role of healthcare professionals as non-smoking exemplars and tobacco control advocates, and will enhance organizational change, actively engaging avariety of professional and policymaking institutions. A full list of projects is available on the Global Bridges website.

 

Read more here  from the University of Washington about their Spirometry 360 and SpiroSmart programme, that we tested as an E-Quality programme and has now been extended to Bangladesh thanks to a grant from a grant from CoMotion to the University of Washington team.

To quote from their blog:

"Dr. Habib’s clinic was the only one to specialize in pulmonary ailments for two hundred square miles. Patients with lung conditions came from all over to be tested and get treatment. As such, where some clinics in Seattle might see fifty patients in a week, Dr. Habib’s clinic saw that many in a day, and as many as a thousand a month. For Mayank Goel, [one of the team at University of Washington] it was a goldmine of data, and  December 2015 he went to visit Dr. Habib in Bangladesh and see the operation for himself. He was able to spend more than two days testing SpiroSmart in the field, comparing its results with those of the standard spirometry test. “It was tremendously valuable,” he says."

Dr Monsur Habib, our Bangladesh Senate representative, has provided more than two thousand head-to-head tests, and on a variety of ailments. From this, the University of Washington SpiroSmart team will be able to improve their algorithm for a mobile app that will let physicians use phones to test a patient’s lung capacity. Working with Prof Jim Stout, they are hoping to launch SpiroSmart later in 2016, and are working to get FDA approval. The hope is that, with SpiroSmart, patients will eventually be able to use their own phones to track their lung function at home.

 

The University of Washington is one of our FRESH AIR partners.  Read more about extending spirometry to Uganda, Kyrgyz Republic, Crete and Vietnam here.

Prof Mike Thomas

Chair IPCRG Research Sub-committee

IPCRG has confirmed its support to WONCA Europe's statement on refugee health and access to care issued during its recent conference in Istanbul.  In response it has also developed its own statement from its global perspective.   As the global organisation of primary care health professionals with an interest and expertise in respiratory medicine, the IPCRG calls on governments to acknowledge the differing health needs of refugees and to provide adequate support to primary care doctors and nurses to address these needs.

As a proven provider of Teach the Teacher programmes which deliver health education tailored to the needs of individual countries, the International Primary Care Respiratory Group is able and willing to support training for primary care doctors in the management of people with respiratory diseases to alleviate the health impact on displaced persons.

 

Ron Tomlins
President    
WONCA Europe's statement on refugee health pdf here
The Refugee Crisis pdf here

 

Newsletter 10th December, 2015
We are pleased to announce a fourth round of our flagship E-Quality programme for 2016/2017 and invite bids for small scale or pilot educational projects.
The aim of this programme is to support small educational projects in member and associate member countries: ‘working locally, collaborating globally’.
We invite bids to support small educational projects from member and associate member countries (including low, middle and high-income countries). Projects may take place in one country or in partnership with colleagues from other countries.
In this round we will consider bids of up to £15,000 (GBP) and we hope to support 2 or 3 projects.
We will support small scale or pilot educational projects that:
  • Educate primary care health professionals involved in respiratory care (including multi-disciplinary groups)
  • Help primary care professionals to provide better quality respiratory diagnosis, treatment and care
  • Are designed to work within the local, or national, healthcare systems so that improvements can be sustained
  • Facilitate continuing education and training programmes
  • Have the potential, if they are successful, to be used as models for larger projects (including in other countries)
We conducted a review of the global literature on educational and quality improvement projects to define the criteria we will use to evaluate applications for funding. Now published and a copy is available here.
If you would like to apply for the next round of E-Quality you will need to:
  • Have the support of your member organisation if it is an IPCRG member or
  • If your country is an associate member of the IPCRG, the support of a local and relevant organisation or clinical group
  • Read this information about the E-Quality programme 2016/2017
  • Read the literature review that informed the development of our criteria
  • Complete the application form describing your educational and/or quality improvement project, and how you will test whether it achieves your proposed outcomes.
Project selection process - There is a two-stage process to decide which projects the IPCRG should support.
Stage 1 -
  • Complete the application form provided below – in Word format.
  • Submit the application to Linda Kennison, IPCRG Communications Assistant lindakennisonipcrg@gmail.com by mid-day on Wednesday 23rd March 2016.
  • If your first language is not English, and you need assistance to fill in the application form, contact Linda Kennison, IPCRG Communications Assistant lindakennisonipcrg@gmail.com as soon as possible and we will arrange for a mentor from the IPCRG to help you write your application. (The mentor will not be a member of the IPCRG panel, but will be able to advise on the best way to present your project)
  • Proposals will be reviewed by an expert IPCRG Panel who will consider the project on the information in the application (and no other information) to judge whether
  • The problem, aims and benefits fit with our ambitions for the E-Quality program
  • The findings have the potential to be developed into a larger project, or shared with other countries.
  • The intervention is evidence-based, is feasible and has a good chance of making a difference (see evidence in our literature review)
  • The applicant(s) can complete the project on time and within budget
Stage 2 - The feedback from the Panel will be sent to the applicants with some questions by Wednesday 20th April 2016.
Successful applicants will invited to meet the IPCRG panel to explain more about their project and answer the questions; producing a PowerPoint presentation of 3-5 slides on Thursday 26th May 2016 at the IPCRG 8th World Conference in Amsterdam. Applicants will be notified of the Panel’s decision by email following the conference. If any applicant is unable to attend the conference alternative arrangements (skype/tele conference) will be on offer.
Programme length - We expect the successful projects in the fourth round of E-Quality will start in autumn 2016 and complete towards the end of 2017 - in time to report at the IPCRG 9th World Conference in 2018. Projects must be completed on time and within budget. No extra time, or money will be available. If there are extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the researcher, the IPCRG MUST be kept informed.
Dissemination of findings - We expect the outcome of successful projects to be presented at an IPCRG conference, and the results published either in a peer-reviewed journal and/or as practical guidance to share with member countries.
Please find the application form on our E-Quality page here.
Please complete the application (which can be found at the bottom of the E-Quality page) and submit as a Word document to Linda Kennison, IPCRG Communications Assistant. Email: lindakennisonipcrg@gmail.com - to arrive by Wednesday 23rd March 2016, mid-day (UK time). We have included some tips in each section, but these are not the only examples as we are keen to hear about your ideas. 'The e-quality web pages also have information about projects which have been successful in previous calls
Kind Regards
E-Quality Programme Team
The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) is a charity registered in Scotland working internationally (SC No: 035056) and a company limited by guarantee (Company number 256268)

The IPCRG is the Respiratory Special Interest Group of WONCA Europe and an Organisation in Collaborative Relations with WONCA Global 


The IPCRG is the primary care representative on WHO-Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD) Planning Executive


Supporter of the NCD Alliance
www.theipcrg.org
 

 

20th  WONCA Europe Conference happened from 22 – 25 October, 2015 in Istanbul (Turkey). IPCRG, as WONCA Europe Respiratory Special Interest Group was involved in many activities during the Conference.  

On Thursday October 22nd IPCRG members performed 2 different workshops in spirometry and inhaler therapies that were fully attended by more than 40 people coming from different European and non-European countries. Many people in charge of spirometry education in their own countries  exchanged teaching experiences and both workshops were very successful. 


On Saturday 25th a COPD symposium took place in one of the main auditoriums. A whole COPD approach was presented by our IPCRG speakers. From early detection to treatment including tobacco cessation therapies, every important COPD feature was discussed among the audience. To end our activities in the Conference on Saturday, we presented the contribution of IPCRG to Family Medicine in a common session with other WONCA Europe Special Interest Groups.


Our stand was visited by many colleagues who contacted IPCRG for the first time. We offered IPCRG materials translated in many languages including Turkish and promoted our next Conference in Amsterdam 2016. We were also able to say hello to good IPCRG long-term friends.


The presentations from IPCRG activities are now free to download here WONCA 2015 presentations


Miguel Roman Rodriguez

Hilary Pinnock and Beraki Ghezai were invited by our colleague Talant Sooronbaev to Bishkek to the  Euro-Asian International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) Symposium as part of the Kyrgyz National Congress of Respiratory and Allergic Diseases and the 3rd Congress of the Kyrgyz Thoracic Society.   This builds on the relationships we have been building through FRESH AIR.   In addition Katrina Flannigan, Respiratory Specialist Nurse in the Scottish Highlands kindly stepped in to deliver a Skype presentation on the role of nurses in COPD.    Our Treasurer Kristine Whorlow attended on behalf of the National Asthma Council Australia.  There is a real appetite to develop services for people with chronic lung disease, and to strengthen primary care across the EuroAsian region and we are delighted to help colleagues in this endeavour.

FINAL PROGRAMME.doc



 

Primary care clinicians across Europe learn about the results of U-BIOPRED. The results of U-BIOPRED are reaching primary care clinicians through workshops on difficult to manage asthma.

In January 2015, the U-BIOPRED consortium members IPCRG and EFA brought together clinical colleagues from eight EU countries for a two day ‘Teach the Teacher: Difficult to Manage Asthma' workshop in Rome. The aim was to build their ability to teach other clinical colleagues the key messages around severe asthma. This included how to use and adapt existing IPCRG resources for local use. The expert speakers coached attendees to design and plan national educational programmes for clinicians. These local programmes will be delivered in 2015, with support and funding from UBIOPRED and IPCRG.

The programmes are based on the IPCRG’s asthma messages, including the SIMPLES structured asthma review. These have been very well received by European primary care, with great interest shown by the over 400 people who attended the primary care session at ERS Congress 2013.

It is important that the local programmes use an adapted version of the original difficult to manage asthma workshop by:

  • involving primary care, patients and secondary care, 
  • using the evidence-based IPCRG resources, 
  • adding in relevant new findings from sources, such as UBIOPRED on severe asthma, 
  • adapting them for the local situation, for example, whether there is a referral system or not, and the reimbursement systems,
  • and then teaching and testing them in a workshop setting.

The key messages from U-BIOPRED to date were included, recognising that more findings and messages would be released this year. The significance that U-BIOPRED findings could have for asthma diagnosis, treatment and management in future was brought out.

The aim of the Teach the Teacher programme is to develop a core group of clinicians who are capable of designing and delivering locally relevant, evidence-based education for primary care audiences. The course looked at how adults learn and how to evaluate education, as well as content about asthma, difficult to manage asthma and severe asthma. 

At the end of the two-day programme, pairs of clinicians who had taken part committed to designing and organising a meeting in their own country including the same content, adapted for their local healthcare system. U-BIOPRED and IPCRG will give each pair of ‘teachers’ the resources to run their local programme. 

The workshop was rated highly by all participants, with overall scores of 4 or 5 (where 5 was ‘excellent’).

 

The Dutch group, CAHAG, has published the outcome of its national programme, based on this meeting:

Honkoop PJ, Pinnock H, Kievits-Smeets RMM, Sterk PJ, Dekhuijzen PNR, in ’t Veen JCCM. Adaptation of a difficult-to-manage asthma programme for implementation in the Dutch context: a modified e-Delphi. npj Prim Care Respir Med [Internet]. 2017;27(May 2016):16086. Available from: http://www.nature.com/articles/npjpcrm201686

 


26th November 2014
Dear [NAME],
This short document introduces the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) to colleagues unfamiliar with our work in low and middle income countries and also describes our ambitions.
As you know, the IPCRG has worked with colleagues from Bangladesh and Pakistan from our early days. As a result of our collaboration we learned a great deal about population respiratory care needs and health systems in low income countries. We now also work with colleagues in a much larger range of middle and low income countries including Uganda, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, FYR Macedonia, Chile, Brazil Viet Nam, Sri Lanka, India as well as those not listed by the World Bank as low or middle income but in financial crisis. In addition, we believe our first scientific meeting in Asia Pacific, in Singapore May 2015, will open up new connections and possibilities in Asia Pacific countries such as China, Philippines, Indonesia, Korea and Malaysia.
This paper describes how we do this and illustrates some "showing by doing" examples.
This is all the more important given the World Health Organization's Global Action Plan to reduce avoidable mortality by 25% by 2025 when COPD is predicted to be the world's third largest cause of death and many of those deaths will be in LMICs.
To download a copy of this document, please click here.

We also attach a poster from our FRESH AIR programme presented at the Union conference this autumn. FRESH AIR was developed in Viet Nam, and is now running in Uganda and Kyrgyzstan and soon to be launched in India (see http://www.theipcrg.org/display/RES/FRESH+AIR)
We hope you enjoy reading.
Siân
Siân Williams
Executive Officer
IPCRG
+44 (0)7980 541664
www.theipcrg.org
Skype: sian-williams
Registration and abstract submission for our 4th Scientific meeting, Singapore, 28th (evening) 29th & 30th May 2015 will open on 1 December 2014. See the website for more information about this and the 1st IPCRG Respiratory Research School.

The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) is a charity registered in Scotland working internationally (SC No: 035056) and a company limited by guarantee (Company number 256268)

The IPCRG is the Respiratory Special Interest Group of WONCA Europe and an Organisation in Collaborative Relations with WONCA Global 


The IPCRG is the primary care representative on WHO-Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD) Planning Executive


Supporter of the NCD Alliance
www.theipcrg.org
  

 

McDonnell J, Correia de Sousa J, Baxter N, Pinnock H, Roman-Rodriquez M, van der Molen T, Williams S.

Building capacity to improve respiratory care: the education strategy of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group 2014–2020.

Npj Prim Care Respir Med

Abstract: Significant attention has been given to the global burden of noncommunicable diseases including respiratory diseases and the potential of primary care to address this challenge. The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) has a potentially significant role to build capacity through research and education in a complex global network with varying degrees of capability. In this paper we outline a comprehensive strategy, which revisits the IPCRG’s educational role, our aims, audiences and approach in this context. The paper was developed through a collaborative process involving experts in global health, primary care and respiratory education, leading to a consensus educational strategy statement. This is further informed by a review of recent trends in continuing medical education. Professional education and training of health-care workers is a core component of the global response to the challenge of managing respiratory conditions in primary care. This paper offers a revised strategy for building capacity and improving clinical practice in IPCRG member countries by revisiting and broadening our aims, exploring the key audiences, focus and approaches.

Click here to view the full article.

The aim of this programme is to support small educational projects in member and associate member countries: ‘working locally, collaborating globally’.

We invite bids to support small educational projects from member and associate member countries (including low, middle and high-income countries).  Projects may take place in one country or in partnership with colleagues from other countries.In this round we will consider bids of upto £15,000 (GBP) and we hope to support 2 or 3 projects.

We will support small scale or pilot educational projects that - 

  • Educate primary care health professionals involved in respiratory care (including multi-disciplinary groups)
  • Help primary care professionals to provide better quality respiratory diagnosis, treatment and care
  • Are designed to work within the local, or national, healthcare systems so that improvements can be sustained.
  • Facilitate continuing education and training programmes
  • Have the potential, if they are successful, to be used as models for larger projects (including in other countries)

If you would like to apply for the next round of E-Quality you will need to -

  • Have the support of your member organisation if it is an IPCRG member or
  • If your country is an associate member of the IPCRG, the support of a local and relevant organisation or clinical group
  • Read this information about the E-Quality programme 2014/2015
  • Read the literature review that informed the development of our criteria
  • Complete the application form describing your educational and/or quality improvement project, and how you will test whether it achieves your proposed outcomes.

There is more information here  - Applying for E-Quality Funding 

We have revised the education pages on the IPCRG website, to provide information about our educational approach; the projects we are supporting and to provide an online space for discussion. 

Please visit the new pages and let us know what you think – we look forward to seeing you there.

IPCRG Education and Innovation

IPCRG E-Quality 

We are pleased to announce that we have awarded funding to two new pilot educational projects as part of a second round of the E-Quality programme in 2013/2014. This follows a rigorous selection process led by the IPCRG Education Sub Committee.

Dr Sonia Maria Martins and colleagues,Sao Bernardo Do Campo, Sao Paolo- Brazil. A Multidisciplinary Educational Programme to Develop Knowledge and Practice for Diagnosis and Treatment of Asthma and COPD: Family Health Strategy. Multidisciplinary training for aosthma and COPD - Sao Paolo,Brazil

Dr Beraki Ghezai, Dr Svein Hoegh Henrichsen, Dr Anders Ostrem, Lunger i Praksis, Norway and Professor Andemariam Gebremichael, Dean, Orotta School of Medicine, University of Asmara, Eritrea. Training programme to improve diagnosis and management of CRD in Eritrea. Improving diagnosis & management of chronic respiratory disease (CRD) - Eritrea