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PCRS-UK launches mentorship programme for people to attend Winter BTS meeting

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PCRS-UK launches mentorship programme for people to attend Winter BTS meeting

The Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS-UK) have launched a mentorship programme providing structured support for current and aspiring respiratory leaders to attend the 2012 Winter BTS Meeting in London.

The mentorship programme  offers a structured support package for successful candidates for PCRS-UK members to attend the Winter British Thoracic Society meeting on 5-7th December 2012 in London, thanks to an educational grant from Allen & Hanburys, 

Successful candidates will be provided with full BTS conference registration and accommodation (5th and 6th December).  London Respiratory Lead (and GP) Noel Baxter  and West Midlands Respiratory Lead Sandy Walmsley (a respiratory Specialist Nurse) will provide mentorship before, during and after the conference. This will help develop leadership skills and knowledge, and disseminate learning at a local level. (Noel and Sandy are both members of the PCRS-UK leadership team)


Candidates will be selected by the PCRS-UK selection panel, based on the following criteria: 

  • Candidates should be a practicing clinician working in primary care or across the primary /secondary care interface and must be a premium member of the PCRS-UK
  • Candidates must have a demonstrable record of interest in respiratory medicine such as attendance at least one national respiratory meeting (e.g. PCRS-UK, IPCRG 2012, ARNs, obtained a diploma or other further education certificate in a respiratory-related discipline. Note: preference will be given to those candidates who do not have regular experience of attending major international respiratory conferences.
  • Candidates must be committed to developing as a leader in primary care respiratory medicine in the future  working beyond practice level to influence, develop or deliver respiratory services
  • Candidates must provide clear aims and objectives for participating in the programme (providing written evidence in the form of a CV and short application form) and have a clear commitment to completing the programme (including specific evaluation reports).
  • Candidates will be required to provide a letter of support from their practice, PCT or CCG (i.e. GP principal or line manager)
> Read more about the programme on the PCRS-UK website (Note: full information only available to PCRS-UK members)