Develop your expertise in pulmonary fibrosis care by keeping up to date with clinical networks. There are nationwide associations for different professions, with opportunities for collaboration, peer support and learning.

Networks and organisations

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The ILD Interdisciplinary Network

ILD-IN aims to provide a supportive network for health professionals of all disciplines working in interstitial lung diseases. ILD-IN’s purpose is to provide support, promote ILD-speciality practice through education and professional development and, influence the policy of ILD care.

The annual ILD-IN conference is held in October, and the details of the 2023 event can be found on our conferences and events page.

The Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists

ARNS was established in 1997 as a nursing forum to champion the specialist respiratory nursing community, promote excellence in practice, and influence respiratory health policy. ARNS also works to influence the direction of respiratory nursing care.

ARNS has an annual conference, and details of the 2024 event will be published on our conferences and events page.

Asthma + Lung UK

Asthma + Lung UK offers information, tools and resources for healthcare professionals working with people with lung conditions, including pulmonary fibrosis.

The Royal College of Nursing

The College represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies by:

  • Supporting nurses in advanced roles and those aspiring to become advanced nurse practitioners.
  • Liaising with colleagues in higher education institutions to promote courses that develop effective, safe practitioners.
  • Raising awareness of the value of the advanced nursing role.
  • Exploring new avenues for benchmarking advanced practice.
  • Developing policy and practice.
  • Awarding RCN Accreditation to University Advanced Practitioner programmes that meet the RCN-quality assessment process.

RCN Credentialing Programme formally recognises advanced-level practice among nurses.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

The Society is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 64,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and support workers.

The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care

ACPRC is a national body that promotes best practice in respiratory physiotherapy for the benefit of all. It was established in 1980 and is now one of the largest professional networks of physiotherapists in the UK. The ACRPC aim to provide the latest evidence-based resources and short educational courses on ILD.

Support groups for patients with pulmonary fibrosis and their carers

Support groups sometimes run learning events aimed at patients and healthcare professionals, particularly GPs. By contacting your local support group, you can help support patient knowledge and improve the diagnosis and treatment of your local healthcare professionals.