Forum for the Future

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Forum for the Future 2019 meeting series

At Forum for the Future we will describe and discuss the management of asthma, COPD and other respiratory conditions via a mix of upfront plenaries and small group discussions and/or workshops led and facilitated by your Respiratory colleagues. We’ll look at advances in therapy and debate where they might fit into daily practice.

Dates and locations

10th May 2019

Radisson Blu Hotel, 301 Argyle St, Glasgow, G2 8DL


14th May 2019

Plymouth Science Park, 1 Davy Rd, Plymouth, PL6 8BX


10th September 2019

Crowne Plaza Belfast, 117 Milltown Rd, Shaws Bridge, Belfast, BT8 7XP


13th September 2019

The King’s Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AN


17th October 2019

The Source Academy, 300 Meadowhall Way, Sheffield, S9 1EA

19th November 2019

Hilton Manchester Airport, Outwood Ln, Manchester, M90 4WP


9:15 - 9:55am

Plenary 1  - Asthma Guideline update NICE vs. BTS


9:55 - 10:35am

Plenary 2  - Paradoxes of Asthma


10:35 - 11:00am



11:00 - 11:50am

Workshop 1: Diagnosing Asthma
Workshop 2: Paediatric Asthma
Workshop 3: Inhaler Technique


12:00 - 12:50pm

Workshop 1: Changing behaviour - adherence
Workshop 2: Asthma treatment options
Workshop 3: Difficult Asthma - who to refer?


12:50 - 1:30pm



1:30 - 2:15pm

Plenary 3 – Oral steroids in Asthma & COPD


2:15 - 3:00pm

Plenary 4 – COPD NICE & GOLD Update


3:00 - 3:45pm

Workshop 1: Diagnosis & Treatment of COPD
Workshop 2: End stage COPD
Workshop 3: I hope you don’t miss this (IPF & other resp conditions)


3:55 - 4:30pm

Closing Plenary - Asthma and COPD on a page


PLEASE NOTE: The agenda and speakers are subject to change. If you register to attend the meeting you will be notified of any significant changes by email.

The Speakers


Alison Graham

Lead Nurse/Principal Advanced Specialist Respiratory Practitioner, Integrated Respiratory Team, South Cheshire, Vale Royal & East Cheshire.
Lead Nurse for one of the first fully Integrated Respiratory Teams in the country & actively involved with the development of respiratory pathways locally and Chair of the Respiratory Medicines group.  Taught on the MSc, BSc, Diploma and short course programmes for Respiratory Education UK and been a visiting lecturer on the MSc Clinical and Advanced Nursing Programmes at the University of Chester.


Dr Kevin Gruffydd-Jones

Kevin is a GP in Box, Wiltshire. He is the respiratory lead of the Royal College of General Practitioners and joint policy lead at Primary Care Respiratory Society. He has been a member of NICE COPD and Asthma Guideline and Quality Standard Groups and is currently on  British Thoracic Society Bronchiectasis guidelines and National COPD and Asthma  Audit Steering Groups. He is also a GPwSI in sports medicine and former medical officer at Bath Rugby Club.


Dr Dermot Ryan

Honorary clinical research fellow at the University of Edinburgh and was chairman of the Primary Care Interest Group of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Recently retired from clinical practice, Dermot was a GP with a long-standing interest in respiratory disease and allergy. He has also been chairman of the Primary Care Respiratory Society. He was instrumental in setting up the Primary Care Respiratory Journal & was one of the clinical leads for respiratory disease for the East Midland Strategic Health Authority. He is currently a member of the ERS/EAACI task force on difficult asthma.


June Roberts

Consultant Respiratory Nurse & Assistant Director of Nursing at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust & NHS Salford, Respiratory Clinical Pathway Lead NHS North West & Trainer for Education for Health.


Dr Vincent McGovern

Dr. Vincent McGovern is a sessional general practitioner in Belfast, Hillsborough and Bangor, Co. Down with a particular interest in respiratory medicine. He holds three part-time clinical assistantships, one in adult chest medicine at Belfast City Hospital, one in paediatric asthma at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and one in accident and emergency medicine at the Ulster Hospital Dundonald. The post at RBHSC involves him contributing to the Difficult Paediatric Asthma service covering all of Northern Ireland. He is a member of both the Primary Care Respiratory Society and the British Thoracic Society and previously sat on the joint BTS/SIGN guideline panel reviewing the asthma guidelines. Dr. McGovern also works as a disability analyst providing advice on the diagnosis and impact assessment of industrial injuries and prescribed diseases such as occupational asthma and asbestosis.  Dr. McGovern was a part-time lecturer at the University of Ulster and continues to lecture widely on respiratory medicine. His research has concentrated mostly on asthma, prescribing trends and the impact of guidelines in particular. In 2009 he was appointed as a General Practitioner with a Special Interest (GPwSI) in COPD by the Belfast Trust. Dr. McGovern also carries out Pulmonary Rehabilitation assessment and early COPD detection clinics in the community and was on the steering committee of the National Review of Asthma Deaths.


Stephen Gaduzo

Stephen is a respiratory GPwSI in Stockport in the community service he helped set up 15 years ago. and was respiratory lead for his practice for over 30 years. He is a past chair of PCRS and co-chairs the Respiratory Leadership program.


Heather Matthews

Heather has specialised in respiratory nursing for over 30 years. She has worked in both primary and secondary care and managed the local HOSAR and PR services. Working with patients and their families to promote independence has been a high priority and ensuring that people with lung disease get the best care at the end of their lives has been a key driver. She has held committee positions with ARNS and PCRS. She now works as an independent respiratory nurse and a communication skills trainer.


Dr Iain Small

General Practitioner in Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. He has had a career long interest in Respiratory medicine, and is currently the Clinical Lead for NHS Grampian’s Managed Clinical Network. He is a former chair of the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK, and sits on the Society’s Executive and Service Development Committees. He is the Chair of the National Advisory Group (Respiratory) to the Scottish Government and an Honorary Lecturer at the Department of General Practice the University of Aberdeen. He has published and presented widely in both Asthma and COPD, and is an Associate Editor of npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine. 


Jane Scullion

Jane is a Consultant Respiratory Nurse at the University Hospitals of Leicester and Clinical Senate member for the East Midlands. Her key interests are chronic disease management and she works with people with ILD, asthma, COPD, and bronchiectasis patients. She also works as an expert nurse for Apex Health Care in medical negligence cases. Other interests are correct inhaler usage and she is a education lead for UKIG and a member of ADMIT. Jane previously had Trustees role with Education for Health and PCRS-UK.


Dr Steve Holmes

GP in Shepton Mallet, Somerset. He is a previous chair of the PCRS UK and the current education lead for PCRS-UK. He has been involved in the British Asthma Guidelines (BTS/SIGN) IMPRESS and the Department of Health Respiratory Programme. He is current CCG Clinical Respiratory Lead & Health Education England Primary Care Education Lead for Somerset. He has published widely on respiratory topics and sits on the NHS Respiratory Commissioning Group (England).


Dr John Haughney

Director of the NHS Clinical Research Facilities in Glasgow, a sessional general practitioner and hospital practitioner in respiratory medicine, a past-president of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group and a former Chair of GPIAG (PCRS (UK)).  He holds academic positions at both the University of Glasgow and the University of Aberdeen. 


Ruth McArthur

Practice Nurse Hunter Health Centre, East Kilbride /Regional trainer  for Education for Health in Scotland.

Ruth has been a practice nurse for over 25 years in a training practice in West Central Scotland. Within that time she has had a variety of other responsibilities which have complemented her practice nurse role, either in teaching, lecturing or research.

She has been an asthma, allergy and COPD trainer for Education for Health since 1990 facilitating training in asthma, allergy and COPD at diploma and degree level. As an original member of the SIGN Asthma guidelines group she was later invited to join the BTS/SIGN Asthma Guidelines Steering group and 2 evidence review groups, originally looking at organisation and delivery of care and the management of asthma in pregnancy. Latterly on the evidence review group for the diagnosis section of the guidelines until retiring from the committee after 10 years.

She was involved in the steering group of the Quality Initiative Scotland (QIS) COPD Clinical Standards. These standards are being used by Health Boards across Scotland to implement change in the delivery of care to patients with COPD.

Previous elected member of the PCRS-UK  executive committee and an active member of the PCRS education committee until term of office ended.