COPD WING takes off – a report by Mal North

The inaugural meeting of COPD Wessex Integrated Network Group (COPD WING) took place on the 9th November 2016 in Southampton.

The group has been set up to bring together people from across the Wessex region who has a vested interest in Chronic Obstructed Pulmonary Disease.

Health care professionals and patient groups attended the evening along with representatives from local Clinical Commissioning Groups, South Central Ambulance Service, smoking cessation services and the Wessex Academic Health Science Network.

The event chaired by Professor Tom Wilkinson started with poster presentations describing how individual services and work groups within Wessex are involved in the COPD patient pathway and Networking.

This was followed by an inspiring presentation by Dr Nick Hopkinson, Consultant Chest physician from the National Heart Lung Institute and a member of the London Respiratory Network who talked about some of the successes of their network group and some lessons learnt .  This was followed by a presentation from Dr Rachel Summers who spoke about her experience of setting up the NEWER group, a network group set up for Physiotherapists in the Wessex area. The delegates at the meeting then broke off into break of groups to discuss how the group could influence education, areas of research and collaborative working in Wessex and the future development of the COPD WING. So far feedback from the event has been extremely positive and constructive and will be taken in to consideration for future meetings.


Professor Tom Wilkinson, leads on NIHR CLAHRC Wessex Integrated Respiratory Care Research said “ It was really exciting to see so many people from a range of  disciplines attending the evening  and making such  an active contribution to the network launch. It is about time we came together as a community to co-develop plans: to improve care for patients with COPD, to prevent the disease and to lobby for appropriate resources. We have made a great start and hope that future events will attract even more members from the Wessex area “

The next meeting date has yet to be organised however should take place early in 2017

If you would like information or to attend future meetings contact Helen Kruk on or 023 81 20 8633

This week also marks World COPD day for more information see and read Denise’s storydenise


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