Hilary Pinnock elected to key role at European Respiratory Society
Congratulations to Professor Hilary Pinnock, who has been elected as Head of Assembly 1 - General Pneumology at the European Respiratory Society (ERS).
Hilary is Professor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine at The University of Edinburgh and plays a key role at the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research. A practicing primary care doctor, her research interests focus on the delivery of respiratory care within the real-life primary care setting.
Setting the ERS agenda
All members of the ERS belong to one of the Assemblies which represent their interests and help to set the agenda across all ERS activities.
Assembly 1 is by far the largest Assembly, including most of the specialist clinician members of the ERS. Primary Care have been a small group within the Assembly 1 for many years, but this is the first time that a primary care clinician has headed an ERS Assembly.
Championing the role of primary care
This is a milestone for primary care. It makes a clear statement about the role of primary care as equal partners in the diagnosis and management of people with respiratory disease. When I stood for election, I said I wanted to promote the integration of specialist expertise with holistic, locally-available primary care underpinned by supported self-management. I hope I can promote this agenda at the highest level in the ERS for the benefit of our patients.