Terry is first female to be appointed President of Yorkshire Thoracic Society

Harrogate District Hospital’s Terry Robinson has become the first respiratory nurse, and the first female, to be appointed President of the Yorkshire Thoracic Society (YTS) in its long history.

Terry has worked as part of the respiratory team at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust for 15 years.

She has co-authored and edited an academic book on respiratory nursing and spoken at international conferences. Terry has a First Class Honours degree and Master’s degree in respiratory disease management.

She is passionate about involving patients and their families in the care they receive to help them manage their respiratory condition. As a nurse, she has a much closer relationship and understanding of lung patients’ everyday needs.

Terry said: “To become President of YTS is a huge honour. I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead, developing patient-focused partnerships to improve local respiratory care.”

Terry began her career as a practice nurse at Beech House Surgery in Knaresborough.  She joined Harrogate District Hospital 15 years ago in the role of a respiratory nurse specialist. She’s now employed as a respiratory nurse consultant, leading the first hospital-based respiratory team to be endorsed by the British Lung Foundation – BLF Professionals.

Her charity work with the British Lung Foundation includes being vice-chair of its North Regional Forum; chairing study days, which are held regionally for other respiratory clinicians; upskilling them in managing respiratory patients. She sits on advisory groups for oxygen therapy, smoking cessation and patient support networks (both in hospital and in the community), and fundraising.

Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, said: “Terry is an inspiration, both as a professional nurse, and as a charity volunteer. She is passionate about improving the experiences of lung health patients, and takes every opportunity to understand and to promote their needs. Her Presidency is well deserved and I applaud YTS for its landmark decision.”

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