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Looking back at 2016 and forward to 2017

Wow, 2016 has been a really exciting year for the Pan London Airways Network. Thank you to all our members for your continued support. In 2016 the number of PLAN members increased, as did the number of members attending the two networking events, which is fantastic. Both network events proved very popular among our members with 88% overall satisfaction from our June meeting and 94% overall satisfaction from our November meeting. A big thank you to you all for your feedback; which we used to shape our summer agenda and to change the running order of the meeting.

How can PLAN top 2016? Well, 2017 is already shaping up to be an exciting year. PLAN has launched its first newsletter, which you will know if you are reading this! This is the first of three PLAN newsletters per year, so please let us know if you have anything you would like to share or what you would like to feature in the Newsletter: email

The PLAN website is under continual development, and has just been relaunched. We hope you like the new look! The aim is that we provide a platform for; learning, sharing best practice, a service directory for London Respiratory Services, and links to other networks, so please keep coming back to see our progress.

PLAN needs the help of its members. The PLAN network is a network for Respiratory Leaders pan London, currently with great representation from all areas of London, except the North Central and South West areas of the capital. If you know anyone working in respiratory services in the South West or North Central London, please help us promote PLAN.

PLAN would also like to increase the diversity of our membership. Currently a large proportion of members are Respiratory Nurses or Physiotherapists. Therefore if you work with or know of any SLTs, OTs, Psychologists, Doctors, Pharmacists, Exercise Therapists, Smoking Cessations advisors, Ward or Practice based nurses with an interest in respiratory care and leadership, please raise the profile of PLAN for us and sign-post them to our website.

Finally, the PLAN 2017 summer meeting agenda on the 28th June at the RCGP looks to be very interesting. The keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Mike Roberts, talking about a current hot topic in the NHS; Sustainability and Transformation Plans and how this impacts on respiratory care. The rest of the meeting focuses on Respiratory Failure, and the meeting concludes with a PLAN network first, a practical inhaler workshop to support our members in meeting the new Inhaler Competencies. We hope to have over a 100 members at the summer meeting. Please share the details with colleagues across London and register via our events page.

Laura Graham, Respiratory Physiotherapist, Vice Chair, PLAN

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