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Certain modules on RespiratoryXchange were developed in collaboration with the IPCRG and a steering committee composed of experts in primary care and the respiratory field.


Meet the steering committee

Noel Baxter

General Practitioner


Noel currently works as a General Practitioner (GP) in various primary care settings in NHS Southwark, London, UK. He is the respiratory champion for this locality in London, providing peer support to GP and primary care nurse colleagues. He also works with specialist respiratory colleagues within a population-based integrated respiratory service in this part of Southeast London.

In his role as Clinical Commissioner, he holds the portfolio for Quality and Safeguarding of adults and children and leads on adult commissioning. He is Chair-Elect of the Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS-UK), commencing in September 2016. Noel also leads the primary care workstream of the national chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) audit for England and Wales. He is a member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) clinical guideline group for asthma management.

Noel is actively involved in several voluntary organizations, such as the British Lung Foundation and Asthma UK. He is the co-lead for the London Clinical Senate ‘Helping smokers quit’ delivery team, aiming to make London a healthier capital city. Noel is also a Principal Investigator for the ‘Singing for better breathing’ cohort trial, assessing whether singing in choirs can improve outcomes for people living with COPD.


Dr Jaime Correia de Sousa

MD, MSc, PhD


Jaime Correia de Sousa is currently an Associate Professor and the Head of the Scientific Area of Community Health at the University of Minho, Portugal. He is also a Family Physician in a group practice in Matosinhos, Porto. Dr Correia de Sousa is the President of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) and is a member of the IPCRG Research and the Education sub-committees. He is also a Planning Committee member of the World Health Organization Global Alliance against Respiratory Diseases (WHO GARD).

Dr Correia de Sousa is an active member of several scientific societies, including the European Respiratory Society (ERS), the Portuguese Society of Allergology (SPAIC), the Portuguese Society of Pulmonology (SPP), and the Portuguese Association of Epidemiology (APE). He is also a member of the European Academy of Teachers in General Practice/Family Medicine (EURACT) and the Portuguese Association of Teachers in Family Medicine (ADSO). Dr Correia de Sousa has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Portuguese National Respiratory Diseases Program (PNDR) since 2013. He is currently an Editor of the Education section of the Nature Partner Journals Primary Care Respiratory Medicine and a member of the scientific committee of the Portuguese Journal of Family Practice.

Dr Correia de Sousa holds a medical degree from Porto Medical School and has practised as a GP in various locations around Portugal. He has also completed a Master of Public Health at the University of Porto and a Doctoral degree at the University of Minho, exploring patient enablement and asthma management in family practice. Throughout his career, Dr Correia de Sousa has been a member of several medical associations, including the Portuguese Association of General and Family Medicine (APMGF) and the Portuguese Medical Association, and was Head of the Portuguese Delegation to the European Union of General Practitioners (UEMO). He has also been the Chair of the Portuguese Primary Care Respiratory group (GRESP) and a member of the National Committee for Good Clinical Practice at the Portuguese Health Ministry. Dr Correia de Sousa has participated in various academic and training roles, such as Teacher of Family Medicine in the Health Sociology Masters Program, University of Minho, and Director of the Northern Institute of General Practice of Northern Portugal, aimed at general practice vocational training and continuing medical education.


Professor Ian Pavord



Ian D Pavord is Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Oxford (UK) and Honorary Consultant Physician at the Oxford University Hospitals (UK). He is a member of congregation at the University of Oxford (UK) and Professorial Fellow of St Edmund Hall. Professor Pavord was Consultant Physician from 1995 and Honorary Professor of Medicine from 2005–2013 at the Institute for Lung Health, Glenfield Hospital, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UK). He was elected NIHR Senior Investigator in 2011, Fellow of the European Respiratory Society in 2014, and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2015.   

Professor Pavord’s research interests focus on the clinical aspects of inflammatory airway diseases and he has pioneered the use of non-invasive measures of airway inflammation in the assessment of these conditions. In addition, he has identified a number of clinically important phenotypes involved in inflammatory airway disease and has played a lead role in the clinical development of promising new treatments for severe airway disease.

Professor Pavord was Co-editor of Thorax from 2010‒2015 and Associate Editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine from 2005‒2010. He is the author of more than 320 publications.  He gave the Cournand Lecture at the 2004 European Respiratory Society congress, the second UK-based researcher to have been given this honour. Professor Pavord was also Chief Medical Officer for Asthma UK from 2008‒2014. Professor Pavord has extensive experience in teaching and tutoring postgraduates, medical students, nursing and technical staff.


Professor Hilary Pinnock

MB ChB (Hons), MRCGP, MD


Hilary Pinnock is a GP and Professor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, Centre for Population Health Sciences and a practicing family physician in the UK. Her research interests focus on the delivery of respiratory care within the real-life primary care setting, and she has a special interest in asthma diagnosis and supported self-management. Current relevant projects include tele-monitoring of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the role of GPs with a Special Interest, the reconfiguration of respiratory services within primary care organizations, self-management for people with long-term conditions, and the impact of information technology on the consultation. She is currently leading a project to develop standards for reporting implementation studies.

Throughout her career, Professor Pinnock has been an active member of scientific and educational organisations. She is former Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee of the European Lung Foundation, and the Chair of the primary care group of the European Respiratory Society. She chairs the International Primary Care Respiratory Group’s Education Committee. Professor Pinnock also co-chairs the asthma diagnosis evidence review group of the British Thoracic Society/Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network British Asthma Guideline and chairs the supported self-management group.

Professor Pinnock holds a medical degree from the University of Leeds and became a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1982. She also holds a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Aberdeen. She has held the role of Principal in General Practice in a number of practices across the UK, and was a UK General Practice Airways Group Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen and Senior Clinical Research Fellow, and then Reader at the University of Edinburgh.


IPCRG endorsement


Certain educational materials included on RespiratoryXchange are endorsed by the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) The IPCRG provided an expert faculty, who contributed the case studies, and an international reviewing team, who reviewed the educational materials and recommended that the IPCRG endorse them. The IPCRG wishes to thank its expert faculty for their input and the reviewing team for their constructive and detailed feedback. These materials are advisory and intended for general use. They should not be regarded as applicable to a specific case.