Kerry Woodward Respiratory Trainer

Providing respiratory education for healthcare professionals with a focus on primary care

An experienced Respiratory Nurse Specialist with advanced level practice and leadership skills. Committed to delivering high quality patient care in the clinical setting, continuing to work as the team lead in a breathlessness service as well as running specialist respiratory clinics in primary care. Using this passion for quality patient care and an enthusiasm for respiratory to deliver professional training in spirometry, COPD and Asthma.

Operating as usual


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Are you aware, different types of pollen affect different people, well, differently? 🌸🌳
Some people may be allergic to just one pollen, while others may be allergic to many pollens! Different pollens have different peak times, so it is helpful to try & work out what pollen our patients may be allergic to. This means that steps can be taken to reduce exposures & symptoms. Asthma + Lung UK has a helpful pollen calendar to support patients in this process

How to use nasal spray 25/04/2024

When supporting patients with rhinitis treatments, are you confident in supporting their nasal spray use? Asthma + Lung UK have a video to support good technique with every inhaler device, including nasal sprays! Whether you prescribe nasal sprays, or use them yourself, watch this video to remind yourself on how to promote good technique

How to use nasal spray Get your nasal spray technique right, and it won’t drip out of your nose or down the back of your throat. In this short video we show you how.

PCRS in Conversation - Allergic and non-allergic rhinitis | Primary Care Respiratory Society 24/04/2024

As continues, it's time to signpost to some valuable resources. Primary Care Respiratory Society UK - PCRS have a mind-blowing quantity of helpful resources, many available freely.

An upcoming session offered by PCRS around allergic & non-allergic rhinitis, with guest speaker Rachel Daly, lead nurse with Manchester airways service & one of my colleagues at ARNS

PCRS in Conversation - Allergic and non-allergic rhinitis | Primary Care Respiratory Society In this webinar we will be joined by Rachel Daly, Lead Nurse - Airways, Manchester Airways service, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust to discuss the topic of allergic and non-allergic rhinitis. The discussion will cover the importance of treating rhinitis and allergic rhinitis in patients w...


Allergic rhinitis (Hay faver) affects 1 in 6 people. It's an IgE mediated immune response, causing inflammation driven by TH2, resulting in sneezing by stimulating the trigeminal nerve & rhinorrhea by stimulating mucus glands

Practical step-wise approach to managing rhinitis symptoms:
1) Allergen avoidance where possible
2) Saline nasal rinse daily as an important step
3) Over-the-counter antihistamines (once daily, non-sedating)
4) Intra-nasal steroid spray (prescription formulation)
5) Intra-nasal antihistamine (prescription formulation. Combination steroid/antihistamine preparations available)


Tree pollen season is upon us! 🌳
Rhinitis (Hay fever) symptoms can be significant for some causing sleep disorders & fatigue; sore, irritated nose & eyes; headaches & cough to name just a few. These symptoms can have a big impact on school, work & social life & should not be dismissed as, "Just hay fever".

Allergy UK has some great advise on strategies to manage these symptoms, including avoidance advice, nasal rinses and over-the-counter medications which may be helpful in milder cases.

🌳We're in the peak of tree pollen season, with grass pollen soon to follow.

With grass pollen being the most common pollen allergy affecting people living with hay fever, we created a handy hay fever survival kit packed with tips to reduce your exposure to pollen this summer. Top tip: Aim to start using the preventative/treatment two weeks before your symptoms usually begin. ⁠

Hay fever is more than just a nuisance—it can seriously impact daily lives. From irritability and sleepless nights to struggles with concentration at work or school, the effects of hay fever are no joke.

Arm yourself with ways you can reduce your exposure and treat hay fever symptoms. Head to our website for more information 👉


Allergy awareness week starts tomorrow 🌳
Are you up-to-date with current allergic rhinitis guidelines? 🤧
Are you aware of best practice in nasal spray techniques? 👃
Do you feel able to support patients suffering at this time of the year?
Lookout for helpful resources that will be posted throughout this week to support you & your patients 👀

Allergy Awareness Week is almost here, and we're gearing up to shout louder than ever that allergies are ! 📢 We hope you are, too.

Whether it's educating others, hosting fundraisers, or advocating for better allergy care by writing to your MP, every action counts. Raise your voice for allergy.

Head to our website to learn how you can raise your voice next week so that everyone knows allergies are 🔗

ARNS Annual Conference 2024 - ARNS 13/03/2024

I’m going….. are you??
Don’t miss out, set to be a great event!

ARNS Annual Conference 2024 - ARNS ARNS Conference 2024 ARNS are pleased to announce the 2024 conference will be held in Brighton at the Double Tree by Hilton Brighton Metropole. Building on the success of […]


What a positive step towards a smokfree UK!
We are not fully aware of the possible risk to our lunghealth vapes may pose, however we are very well aware of the risks linked with disposable plastics. Whatever the reason for their eradication from the market, this can be seen as a positive move 😄

PCRS welcomes the banning of disposable vapes, announced by the Prime Minister today, as a step closer to a smoke free generation. Disposable vapes are the most common devices used amongst children and young people.

There is no safe disposal scheme for these and with 5 million being discarded weekly in the UK the ban will also have a positive impact on improving the environment.

Learn more about the measures that will be introduced ➡️


Some useful resources available. Another great reason to join PCRS today! I have already signed-up to attend the annual conference again this year, at a significantly reduced, early-bird rate for members 😄

PCRS members can listen to our podcast series on demand.

Tune in at home, work or on the go to hear from the experts on a wealth of topics from greener healthcare to digital technology.

Visit the PCRS website to browse podcasts by clinical area, including asthma, COPD, infection, respiratory tests and much more 🎧


A very early start today (5am!) but a fun day teaching some lovely nurses on the Isle of Wight


Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas & a happy new 🎄🎅🥂

Timeline photos 16/11/2022


Some significant changes within this report for 2022. Changing our view of COPD & supporting early/accurate diagnosis

Published to coincide with , the GOLD Report for 2023 is now available online.

The report contains important updates on the definition and classification of COPD. This latest edition also has updates to treatment algorithms, imaging, chronic bronchitis, exacerbation management, interventional /surgical therapies and more.

A quick-reference guide for physicians and nurses, with key information about patient management and education, is also available. Access ▶️

Event Calendar - J2S Training Ltd 08/11/2022

I have been asked numerous times & am pleased to advise that I will be running some spirometry courses through J2S Training company in the next few months.

Update sessions on Mon 28 Nov - some spaces remaining
Attend for all or part of the day, depending on your current level
Performing(previously foundation) certificate - AM
Reporting (previously interpretation) certificate - PM
Full certificate - all day

Performing certificate with registration for ARTP assessment
Wed 1 & 2 Feb 2023

Reporting certificate with registration for ARTP assessment
Tue 7 Mar 2023

Event Calendar - J2S Training Ltd Our Courses We have a wealth of experience in designing and delivering training programmes for allied health care professionals and embrace the new roles emerging in general practice and primary care.

Peer Support Networks | Primary Care Respiratory Society 17/08/2022

PCRS affiliated peer support network, the Portsmouth journal club, has its next meeting on Thur 8 Sept in Fareham. We will be sharing our experiences & learning around rescue packs & steroid use. Dinner is included, so if you would like to attend please email [email protected] to reserve a place

Peer Support Networks | Primary Care Respiratory Society Whether you are a practice nurse or locality lead, being responsible for improving respiratory care for patients can be both daunting and frustrating, especially when you’re juggling workloads and trying to keep up-to-date with the latest developments. A local network is the ideal way to bring col...


The PCRS has a wonderful library of resources to support those of us working in respiratory. From campaigns to guidance documents, podcasts to webinars & of course, the annual conference.

Take a look at the latest series on tackling myths & challenging perceptions in Asthma & COPD

Primary Care Respiratory Society UK - PCRS We are the Primary Care Respiratory Society, an independent organisation dedicated to promoting know

Spirometry 11/07/2022

Getting a lot of enquiries about spirometry training, so here’s some information to help out!

* I have courses, suitable for those undertaking spirometry in primary care, which includes the ARTP assessment process & certification

* Yes, I am able to provide half or one-day updates for those already ARTP certified but wish to have a refresh

* I run courses for those wanting to attain the Performing, reporting or full certificate in spirometry

* I will provide regular, ongoing tutorials & mentorship through the whole process, from day one of training until completion of the ARTP assessment process

* My courses are aligned to the ARTP training standards & as such, class sizes are limited

* I am happy to provide spirometry training to individual surgeries, PCNs or wider organisations. The minimum class size is 10

If you have any other queries regarding spirometry training, please do get in touch. More information about the ARTP & spirometry can also be found here

Spirometry To be of clinical value, diagnostic spirometry has to be performed to a high standard. If it is not, there is a significant risk that the diagnosis will be incorrect and patients may receive inappropriate and potentially harmful treatment as a result, or be denied appropriate treatments that could p...


Just completed teaching the first face-to-face group, post covid, on my spirometry course. A lovely group, all working towards delivering a gold standard spirometry service. Looking forward to providing ongoing support to enable the group to develop their skills & confidence & to achieve certification. Special thanks to Carla Astles; Respiratory Education for support today delivering the practical element of this course & thanks to J2S Training company for hosting!


I am often asked where we can access bite size updates or keep up-to-date with all the changes. Here are some great resources to get started with

Looking for up to date information on asthma attacks? Visit our website for access to free resources on a range of respiratory topics:… Created by clinical experts with health and care professionals in mind. Build your knowledge & improve health outcomes.

ARNS Respiratory Nursing Workforce Statement - International Nurses Day 2022 - ARNS 12/05/2022

Proud to be a nurse, especially working within respiratory. We are an underrepresented workforce & have been steadily decreasing in numbers over the years, with many more due for retirement.

On I am grateful for those who have inspired me & implore all nursing working in respiratory to inspire our respiratory nurses of they future! 🫁 🩺

ARNS Respiratory Nursing Workforce Statement - International Nurses Day 2022 - ARNS Respiratory disease is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among adults. For example, there were 3.23million deaths worldwide in 2019 from COPD alone. World Health Organisation; The […]


An important update worthy of sharing! 🎉
The important & popular Primary Care Respiratory Society UK - PCRS Fit to care document has been updated in 2022

Photos from Kerry Woodward Respiratory Trainer's post 06/05/2022

Enjoyed an exciting & productive day yesterday during our The Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists board & committee members strategy day. Agreeing objectives for the coming year alongside some inspirational respiratory nurse leaders. Today is day one of our 25th anniversary conference - first face to face conference in 3 years!


The long awaiting spirometry training is now available to book via J2S! This course is for the full certificate (performing & reporting on spirometry) & will include assessment via the ARTP to be added to the register on successful completion.

For any other spirometry training or certificates, please feel free to message me directly for more information.

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