The network

About the network

The Respiratory ACP Network was created in 2021 by a team of ACPs from Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Manchester and Harrogate. This was following on from a successful regional group in the East Midlands in 2019.

Our aim

The aim of the network is to call upon the collective experience to share best practice, share and develop policies and procedures and help newer teams establish themselves within their respective departments. We are also aiming to become a leading voice for respiratory advanced practice by becoming involved with established national partners to help shape the future for advanced practitioners specialising in respiratory medicine.


We would like to see the network grow and be shaped by its members and partners, delivering education and support to help address the shortages in the respiratory workforce. Professionals working at advanced level in respiratory medicine are uniquely placed to deliver care to patients in roles that may not previously been considered for nurses and AHPs.

What we stand for

We believe that ACPs complement and support the workforce adding to permanency and professional expertise to what is now seen as a blended medical workforce working alongside nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, physiologists and more to ensure that respiratory patients receive a high level of care.

Our commitment

ACPs provide opportunities to support leadership, education and development for the existing workforce and can play in leading role in research and innovation supporting clinical academic career opportunities. By gaining as many members as possible we would then be ideally placed to shape the future for advanced practice and ensure that respiratory have a voice in the national agenda.

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