I was recently at the first event since the partnership of Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation. It was fantastic to see BLF colleagues with the Asthma UK logo on their name badges alongside the BLF logo. Also being welcomed with open arms too was lovely. I was a bit daunted to attend this… Continue reading BLF-AUK Respiratory Action Plan Meeting
I am really excited to share with everyone my new logo and branding. I have never thought about branding myself for my involvement and advocacy work but while at HealtheVoices19 it became very clear that this was something I needed to do to become as effective as I could be. It was my chance that… Continue reading Branding!!!!
It is hard to believe that I have been involved in the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research for 5 years now. Time has gone so quickly. I have had some amazing experiences as a result fo being involved, met some wonderful people and made friendships that I hope will last for a long time… Continue reading AUKCAR ASM NRS Talk
For the past 5/6 years I have been given some fantastic opportunities and invited to be part of a number of very special events and a few events which are still to come. Yesterday was one of those events. Rewind 6 years and I would never even have thought I would be at ease public… Continue reading Patient Centricity
There is so much research into asthma just now looking at a cure for asthma, better management, getting asthmatics to comply with treatment better but research into asthma death, often a taboo subject to talk about is vital to make any change in the shocking asthma statistics. Ann an children's asthma nurse specialist is also… Continue reading Asthma Death in Children
Tuesday evening I had a fantastic time. It was the first meeting for the Critical Care Patient and Public Involvement Group in Edinburgh. Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in Scotland is no where near as organised as it is in England and funding is woeful, so to establish and run a group is a huge… Continue reading Critical Care does PPI
I have written often about being admitted to intensive care or the high dependancy unit or being reviewed by critical care staff and it always something I have just sort of dealt with and not thought to much more about it. That was until last night. I couldn't sleep for tossing and turning thinking about… Continue reading The Intensive Care Unit
Gosh! Im getting used to being the only patient speaking at research events!!! Today NHS Research Scotland (NRS) held an away day in Edinburgh with a variety of researchers, research managers, R&D, members of the CSO and various others. There was also me- not a researcher, research manager or in any of the other positions… Continue reading NHS Research Scotland Away day!
On twitter recently you may have seen that I had a small rant about something that happened the other day and I am still reeling over it. I think what got me most is that how are we ever going to change attitudes towards asthma if those with asthma are so cavalier about it. I… Continue reading Asthma Rule 1: ALWAYS have your reliever with you.
Being on sick leave seems to be an all too common occurrence for me. It is never just a day either its weeks and weeks which feels like months and months (well sometimes it is months). Often people say to me they would love to be off for as long as I have been off… Continue reading Sick leave- what do you do??