Introducing Together in Respiratory
Empathy is a word you hear often from healthcare professionals – a word that captures a core skill found right through the profession.
“Empathy is everything,” says Lisa, a Specialist COPD Nurse from Leicester. “It’s more about understanding how your patient feels and their expressed needs, rather than being overly sympathetic or assuming you know what they need.”
Lisa is just one of the many healthcare professionals coming together on Together in Respiratory – the online community platform where UK nurses and other healthcare professionals are sharing their experiences, learning new skills and hearing fresh perspectives.
The importance of empathy is echoed by Reeba, another nurse who has contributed to the platform. Reeba was photographed virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic by award-winning photographer Tim Dunk: “Our work is so fast-paced,” she says, “but it’s so important to make sure we take the time to sit and listen to our patients and understand what it is that’s worrying them or confusing them.”
Created by Chiesi, Together in Respiratory recognises that supporting the growth and wellbeing of nurses and other healthcare professionals is more important now than ever.
Caroline Duffy, a theatre nurse who returned to her Intensive Care Unit roots during the COVID-19 pandemic, reflects on what being a healthcare professional, in the current climate, means to her when she was interviewed on the platform’s podcast.
“This is more than just a job that I do. It is part of who I am. I’ve been doing it for a very long time. And I certainly have no regrets about doing it. […] I think, if you’re not a special kind of person before you become a nurse, you certainly become a special kind of person when you become one.”
Take part in Together in Respiratory
Together in Respiratory offers healthcare professionals a number of different ways to share, learn and listen, including:
- Respiratory Refresher eLearning modules, covering asthma, COPD and more, to brush up on respiratory knowledge
- Educational and Mental Health toolkits, to support professional and personal development
- A free profile, to reflect on articles on the platform and record time spent – perfect for recording CPD hours and maintaining a log for RCN revalidation
- The podcast, where journalist Peg Alexander sits down with some of the leading names and everyday heroes in respiratory care and beyond
- A range of articles from the nurse community covering the latest topics and personal perspectives.
Discover more of what’s on offer in this short video:
In the six months since launch, almost 10,000 healthcare professionals have explored Together in Respiratory, with over 300 eLearning modules completed.1
Join the community
And what’s more, everything on Together in Respiratory is guided by a team of nurses, the Editorial Board, who shape the articles and discussions, using their expert insight to ensure everything on the platform is useful, inspiring and relevant.
Together in Respiratory is for all healthcare professionals wanting to learn more about respiratory, engage with an inspiring community or develop skills.