Respiratory - Pulse Virtual

Day One

Event overview:

Day One

09:30 - 09:40

Chair’s opening remarks

Dr Roger Henderson, senior GP and health broadcaster

09:40 - 10:25

Sleep-disordered Breathing

Dr Jonathan Sunkersing, GP with a special interest in sleep medicine


  • Why is this important?
  • What we can do as GPs?
10:40 - 11:25

Co Morbid Conditions in COPD and Management

Dr Stephen Holmes, GP and GP trainer, Shepton Mallet, Associate Postgraduate Dean (HEE South West), Education lead for PCRS and member of the IPCRG Education Committee, Respiratory Clinical Lead for Somerset CCG


  • Burden of Asthma.
  • Overuse of SABA and Underuse of ICS.
  • Discussion on Maintenance and Reliever Therapy (MART).
  • Clinical Data on AstraZeneca’s ICS/LABA.
11:40 - 12:25

Session details coming soon

12:45 - 13:30


Dr Thomas Brown, consultant respiratory physician, Portsmouth Severe Asthma Service Lead, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust


  • Burden of COPD.
  • Impact of exacerbations; Comorbid conditions in COPD.
  • Overlap between COPD and CVD.
  • Clinical data on AstraZeneca’s Triple Therapy.
14:00 - 14:45

Lungs at Work: How to Approach a Patient with Occupational Respiratory Issues

Dr Jo Szram, consultant respiratory physician


  • Identify key aspects in a clinical history that suggests a work-related respiratory problem.
  • Distinguish between work-exacerbated and occupational asthma and why this matters.
  • Gain an overview of other occupational lung diseases such as silicosis, asbestos-related lung disease and hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
15:00 - 15:45

The Breathless Patient: It’s Not Cardiac, Refer to Respiratory

Dr Zaheer Mangera, respiratory consultant, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust


  • Review how to assess a patient presenting with breathlessness including important caveats to history and examination.
  • Recognise the key investigations when working up a patient with breathlessness.
  • Learn what is done in secondary care to diagnose and treat a breathless patient.
16:00 - 16:40

Chronic cough in Childhood

Dr Donald MacGregor, consultant paediatrician and senior lecturer in child health, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School


  • What parents worry about?
  • Asthma – Diagnosis in Children
  • Top ten tips for respiratory symptoms in children

Conference ends.

Event Timings and Info

09:30 - 09:40    Chair's opening remarks.
09.40 - 10:25    Sleep Disordered Breathing.
10:40 - 11:25    Co Morbid Conditions in COPD and Management.
11:40 - 12:25    Session Details TBC
12:45 - 13:30    How SMART is MART
14:00 - 14:45    Lungs at Work: How to Approach a Patient with Occupational Respiratory Issues.
15:00 - 15:45    The Breathless Patient: It's Not Cardiac, Refer to Respiratory.
16:00 - 16:40    Chronic Cough in Childhood.
16:40    Conference Ends.
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