Allied respiratory professionals

Allied Respiratory Professionals (ARPs), including physiotherapists, technologists, scientists, nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists and nutritionists, are involved at all stages of respiratory care, from prevention, diagnosis, and evaluation, to treatment and management of acute and chronic respiratory diseases.

ARPs are particularly involved in the rehabilitation of patients with chronic respiratory conditions, and are often the patient's first point of contact. There has also been increasing evidence for ARP-led interventions, serving to strengthen the role of ARPs in disease management programmes, and highlighting the importance of the transfer of knowledge between different professional groups and in multidisciplinary teams.

At this year's Congress, we are pleased to offer a range of sessions and educational activities to address the needs, current issues and future developments in respiratory care from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Irene Steenbruggen, Head of ERS Assembly 9, the Assembly for Allied Respiratory Professionals, highlights: "There are so many reasons to attend the Congress, to keep knowledge and skills up-to-date, bring new ideas back to work, but perhaps the most important reason is the outstanding opportunities for networking, meeting experts face-to-face and like-minded colleagues from all over the world, making new friends and mixing and mingling.

"It is not easy to select a session from among the many equally interesting and innovative sessions offered at this year's Congress. You shouldn't miss our Assembly meeting on Sunday, 16 September from 17:00-18:00 in Room 7.1A. In this meeting we will give an update on membership, scientific and educational activities and we are delighted that we can present three ERS Travel Grants at this meeting. After this meeting we will mix and mingle at our Assembly 9 cocktail reception."

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Scientific and educational highlights

Below is a list of sessions at this year's Congress of particular interest to allied respiratory professionals*. Alternatively, you can browse the full programme to see all sessions on offer, including abstract sessions.

Date Time Session Type
15.09.2018 9:00-17:30 Spirometry training programme: become a programme organiser Professional development workshop
15.09.2018 14:00-17:30 The evolving world of pulmonary rehabilitation  Postgraduate course
15.09.2018 14:00-17:30 Advanced cardiopulmonary exercise testing  Postgraduate course
16.09.2018 7:00-8:15 Lung transplantation  Challening clinical cases
16.09.2018 10:45-12:45 Dyspnoea: a multidimensional and multidisciplinary approach  Symposium
16.09.2018 14:45-16:45 Current and evolving tests in lung function: pro/con debate Symposium
17.09.2018 8:30-10:30 The many facets of respiratory nursing  Poster discussion
17.09.2018 14:30-17:00 Supporting patients with behaviour change strategies  Professional development workshop
18.09.2018 8:30-10:30 Muscle adaptations in response to physiotherapeutic interventions in acute and chronic settings  Oral presentation
18.09.2018 8:30-10:30 Clinical interpretation of spirometry results Skills workshop
18.09.2018 13:00-14:00 Immunotherapies for lung cancer  Meet the expert
19.09.2018 8:30-10:30 Physiotherapy care for patients with acute and chronic respiratory conditions  Oral presentation
19.09.2018 10:45-12:45 Exploring the importance of daily physical activity in chronic respiratory disease  Poster discussion

*Note: Educational sessions (postgraduate courses, skills workshops, professional development workshops and meet the expert sessions) can be attended at an additional cost to the standard registration fee