Mon 9 Sep 2024 09:30-16:30
Online Course

This unique online training course has been created to equip Pulmonary Rehabilitation Leads and Respiratory Nurse Specialists with the knowledge, inspiration and practical understanding to raise best practice in your pulmonary rehabilitation pathway. Your expert course leader, Dr Rachel Garrod, will guide you in ensuring that your team are delivering evidenced based, value and quality driven rehabilitation services that are fully aligned with the NICE Quality Standards.

Make sure you book before Friday 26th July to benefit from the NHS and Public Sector Early Bird, saving you £100 per place, plus you can also take advantage of a new special offer where if you book 3 places, you can get the 4th for free!

Expanding Pulmonary Rehabilitation Provisions
Online 5 hours Early bird: £299+VAT

Benefit from evidence-based presentations and case study led interactive activities

This comprehensive, clinically-led training day will draw on national and international Pulmonary Rehabilitation guidance, offering you the unique opportunity to benchmark your service. Book your place and focus on:

  • Reviewing and applying the latest NHSE guidelines to increase access to your rehabilitation service
  • Developing new strategies to boost patient adherence during rehabilitation
  • Practical advice to meet NHSE guidelines to increase referral numbers
  • Meeting referral criteria, improving retention and ensuring patient completion
  • Clinical Guideline definition of completion and evidence-based strategies to facilitate this
  • Evaluating the risks and benefits of pulmonary rehab post exacerbation
  • Working effectively with your multi-disciplinary respiratory team
  • Deepening your understanding of alternative models of pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Ensuring best practice in your rehabilitation programmes

Developed with convenience in mind: join this NHS online course remotely

Take away useful techniques and new skills to use in your day-to-day work routine:

  • Evidenced based examples and referrals: providing appropriate, relevant support and sign posting
  • Interactive presentations: your concerns addressed with advise informed by years of experience
  • Closed room discussions: benchmark and engage with your fellow attendees
  • Agreed action plan: leave this course with the confidence to make the right changes

This course is available for in-house training

Available as a bespoke course to teams of 30+ people. Please do contact us if you would like this training delivered exclusively to your team, with the content developed to drill into the specific needs of your service. Please email Sarah Kemm or call 01732 897788 for further details.

Join, tech support and opportunity to network in breakout rooms
Instructions, introductions and opening remarks, overview and objectives of the day
Dr Rachel Garrod, Respiratory Physiotherapist and Senior Lecturer, University of Galway
Increasing referrals
How to sustainably manage increased referrals in-line with NHSE targets
  • Practical planning to expand your service provisions to increase referrals
  • Understanding how to manage the rehabilitation pathway for patients with comorbidities
  • Embedding evidence-based strategies and clinical guidance to boost retention and completion
Improving assessment processes to determine new patients for pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Deep dive into NICE clinical standards that govern assessment processes
  • Exploring the minimum and optimal assessment strategies to ensure the right candidates
  • How to maximise your pulmonary assessment tools to ensure the best package of care
Questions and answers with Rachel Garrod
Screen break
Enabling pathway development
Evaluating the benefits and opportunities of delivering remote pulmonary rehabilitation services
  • Integrating with new respiratory diagnostic hubs, virtual respiratory wards and COVID-19 clinics
  • Managing your workforce to adapt your pathways: what practical considerations need to be made?
  • Evaluating the benefits of virtual, hybrid and remote pulmonary rehab
Questions and answers with Rachel Garrod
Interactive discussion: Exploring different models of pulmonary rehab
  • How can we successfully implement hybrid and remote programmes?
  • How can we embed post exacerbation rehabilitation into your clinical service?
  • What resources do we need to achieve change? How have you overcome resource shortages?
Interactive discussion feedback: Exploring different models of pulmonary rehab
Lunch break
Improving outcomes for patients
Managing risk, complexity and needs of people with multiple conditions
  • Adapting your education sessions to respiratory disease other than COPD
  • Exploring the role of education in facilitating behavioural changes
  • Investigating self-management plans informed by guidance for COPD; asthma and Bronchiectasis
Understanding exercise components in your pulmonary rehabilitation service
  • Meeting required exercise guidelines, modality, timing and frequency with patients
  • Overcoming minimal equipment and staffing shortages to deliver holistic care
  • Considering patient co-morbidities: working with frailty and oxygen needs
Questions and answers with Rachel Garrod
Screen break
Rehabilitation before and after exacerbation
Pulmonary rehabilitation post hospitalisation for AECOPD
  • Critically reviewing the benefits and risks of pulmonary rehabilitation post exacerbation
  • Understanding the cost effectiveness of post exacerbation pulmonary rehab
  • Considering the practical applications of delivery of post exacerbation pulmonary rehab
Incorporating adjuncts in pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Evaluating clinical guidance concerning the use of adjuncts in pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Reviewing studies investigating RMT in differing populations: athletes, COPD, post-COVID
Questions and answers with Rachel Garrod
Interactive discussion: Evaluating pulmonary rehabilitation provisions
  • How practical are the breadth of programmes on offer?
  • Which healthcare setting promotes the best outcomes for patients, community or hospital?
  • How can we take the best from both?
  • What role can we take in the maintenance of rehabilitation benefits?
Interactive discussion feedback: Evaluating pulmonary rehabilitation provisions
Consolidation of learning and close

First-hand speaker experiences

A unique course packed with examples of best practice, novel ideas and expert advice from:

Job Title:
Respiratory Physiotherapist and Senior Lecturer
University of Galway

Rachel graduated from Guys School of Physiotherapy in 1991 and then worked in a number of teaching hospitals in London. In 1987 she obtained an M.Sc. in Health Sciences and specialised in respiratory care. In 2001 she was awarded a PhD in pulmonary rehabilitation. As Assistant Professor Physiotherapy, St George’s University she led on undergraduate and post graduate respiratory teaching and research. With over 100 peer reviewed publications, a number of book chapters and as editor of “Pulmonary Rehabilitation: An interdisciplinary approach”, she is an international expert on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. 

Clinically, Rachel’s area of expertise is in the delivery of exercise for people with chronic health problems, such as diabetes, COPD, renal failure and hypertension. Her rehabilitation programmes feature components such as balance re-education, progressive resisted exercise, gait and posture training. She teaches breathing re-training, Inspiratory Muscle Training and provides physical activity therapies for people with cardio-respiratory conditions, such as asthma, emphysema, hyperventilation, and panic disorders. She is trained in both mindfulness and hypnotherapy. 

Rachel moved to Spain in 2014, where she provides domiciliary and online respiratory physiotherapy / pulmonary rehabilitation. She works in in conjunction with a number of hospitals and clinics in Marbella.  Rachel continues to be active in lecturing; 29th Annual Panhellenic Scientific Congress of Physiotherapy, Athens, December 2019; a series of webinars for the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care, February 2021; Symposium “Dysfunctional Breathing Patterns” Irish Chartered Society of Physiotherapists Annual Conference 2021. In June 2022 she provided 2 days lecturing “Advanced Pulmonary Rehabilitation” for the Irish Respiratory Physiotherapy Society and has recently been appointed module lead for Galway University´s MSc in Pulmonary Rehabilitation. 

Rachel, in conjunction with a late-stage COPD patient, has recently published “The Secret to Thriving with COPD” – a unique book written for people with COPD which advocates for pulmonary rehabilitation using the patient perspective and that of a health professional. Rachel has an online video-based course, “A Guide to Better Breathing for Life” which is available on 

Pricing Structure

  • £299+VAT (each) for one NHS or Public Sector place before Friday 26th July 2024
  • £399+VAT (each) for one NHS or Public Sector place after Friday 26th July 2024
  • Group discount - 4 places for the price of 3

You or a colleague can claim the group NHS discount, for booking four places across this and any other subsequent event, providing the same pricing structure applies. Click here to view the full list of up coming events.

For group bookings of five or more people, please email our delegate support team or call 01732 897788 for further details

This course is available for in-house training 

Available as a bespoke course to teams of 30+ people. Please do contact us if you would like this training delivered exclusively to your team, with the content developed to drill into the specific needs of your service. Please email Sarah Kemm or call 01732 897788 for further details.

Commercial companies are also invited to sponsor this day. Please email Sarah Kemm for further details.

You can reserve a no-obligation place whilst you apply for funding

If your funding has not yet been secured or you would like to hold your place with no obligation whilst waiting for your study leave to be approved, you can reserve your place with us. Please email the reservations team at SBK Healthcare with your details:

  • Booking contact: name, job title, department, email and telephone number
  • Event(s) to reserve for: title and date
  • Delegate details (for each delegate): name, job title, department, email and telephone number
  • Organisation details: name and address

Alternatively you can make a confirmed booking by emailing the above information to the bookings team 

Once you have booked your place, SBK Healthcare will correspond with you using the email address you provided at the time of booking. Within one week of the online training taking place, you will be sent final details of the course including a full agenda, programme timings and your Zoom joining instructions. This email will include a joining link that can be used to access the course.

If you have not received your email two days before your event, do check your junk folder then contact SBK Healthcare on 01732 897788.

Practice sessions are available. If you would like to attend a zoom practice session before the event takes place, please let us know by emailing You will have the opportunity to meet an SBK Healthcare staff member who will ensure you are able to access zoom, that your camera and microphone work and you are fully set-up for the day. This is optional but if you do wish to attend, please use the same device that you plan to use on the day.

On the day, when registration starts, you will be able to join the course by initially entering a waiting room when there may be a short wait. The forum will include screen breaks, as well as topic themed interactive sessions which will take place in the breakout rooms.

Click here to view the specially created 5-minute video that will walk you through how to get the most out of attending your SBK Healthcare interactive online forum.

Certification of attendance

A certificate for Continuing Professional Development will be given to every fully registered participant who completes the course, as a record of your continuing professional training and development.

Registration fees

You will be sent an instant payment option or invoice on registration. Your payment is required in advance. If your fee has not been received prior to the event, and you are not able to provide a PO or proof of payment, you will be asked to make a credit or debit card payment on the day.

Modify registration

To let us know if your details are not correct when you have already registered, please email the bookings team.

Cancellations and substitutions

A full refund of fees will be made only for cancellations received within the first 48 hours of the booking being made. Notice of cancellation must be received in writing by emailing the bookings team at SBK Healthcare. Should you need to cancel your registration after this date, the registration fee remains payable in its entirety although a substitution will be accepted and conference documentation will be provided. Substitution attendees for delegates unable to attend after registering are acceptable at any time.

Event changes

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the conference organisers to alter the content, speakers or the timing of the programme. We will endeavour to keep you abreast of such changes but any unavoidable change to the format will not constitute a reason to refund the fee. Should the event be postponed, we will endeavour to reschedule the event. If, for reasons beyond the control of the conference organiser, the event is cancelled, a full refund will be made. We do not accept any liability for any incurred costs resulting from a postponement or cancellation.

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Expected attendees

This online meeting is ideal for NHS professionals who are working in respiratory services and are involved in pulmonary rehabilitation. Whether you are based in an Acute Trust or Community Service, this course is for you! We are expecting attendance from, but not limited to:

  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Leads
  • Respiratory Nurse Specialists, Physiotherapists, Support Nurses and Physiologists
  • Community Respiratory Nurses
  • Long COVID Services
  • Transformation Leads
  • Palliative Care Consultants and Nurse Specialists

If you have a team that is 30 people or more, you can have a bespoke course delivered online to your team alone. Please contact Sarah Kemm or telephone 01732 897788.

Past attendee feedback

This course follows on from our well attended, ‘Non-Pharmacological Management for COPD’ which took place online in September 2023, which was described as ‘excellent’ and ‘a great way of sharing best practice’ but don’t take our word for how much the attendees enjoy our training:

“Very enjoyable, had a good update”

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

“Really good, interactive and engaging. Very informative”

Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

"Really enjoyed this study day, I think the entire team have done a great job of ensuring this was interactive and informative!"

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

“Really lovely interact way to meet other clinical staff in respiratory and to share ideas and how we can develop our services!”

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

"Excellent networking learning"

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

“It was really helpful to discuss with colleagues from across the country how their services are working”

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

View further comments on SBK Healthcare events on Trust Pilot.

Why sponsor?

Our role at SBK Healthcare is to bring industry together with healthcare professionals so that you can educate and inform your audience. These trail-blazing NHS delivery forums offer dedicated presentations, Q&A, networking and discussion time, each sponsor will be fully immersed into the event and able to effectively engage with your NHS audience.

Interested in having your own event, managed by us?

SBK Healthcare also provides in-house forums. Working closely with you as the client we can research, produce, market and deliver the conference or online forum that best suits the audience and meets your goals.

Reach out today

If you would like more information on our sponsorship options an in-house forum or if you wish to discuss your needs and what solutions may be appropriate for your business, please contact: 

Sarah Kemm 

Contact: 01732 897788