About this event

  • Date and time Thu 3 Feb 2022 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Respiratory Medicine

Join this webinar that aims to understand the psychological basis and consequences of respiratory disease.

This meeting will outline the importance of psychology in respiratory medicine and will teach clinicians how to manage this. World-leading psychologists will provide practical advice for clinicians, which they can use in their daily practice

Experts will cover four talks including the role of the psychologist in the respiratory MDT, psychology of dyspnoea and chronic refractory cough. The webinar will finish with an interactive panel debate.

During this session, you will be able:

  • To demonstrate the role of the psychologist in the Respiratory MDT 
  • To understand the psychological basis of dyspnoea 
  • To learn about psychological therapies in chronic refractory cough 

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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Key speakers

Dr Jane Hutton

Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Department Lead, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Dr Hutton completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. Prior to joining Liverpool University Hospitals, she was a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at King’s College Hospital for 15 years and worked closely with the Integrated Respiratory Team there. She contributed to the 2018 update of the National Institute for Healthcare and Excellence (NICE) guideline for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). She co-authored the 2016 London Respiratory Network Briefing Paper on The value of psychology and psychologists in supporting people with COPD and respiratory teams.

Professor Andreas von Leupoldt

Professor of Psychology, University of Leuven

Speaker's biography

Andreas von Leupoldt studied psychology at the University of Hamburg, Germany where he also received his PhD in 2003 and his Postdoctoral Lecture Qualification on habilitation and venia legendi for psychology in 2007. He worked as a Research Fellow at the Department of Physiological Sciences and the National Institute of Mental Health Center (NIMH) for the Study of Emotion and Attention at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA between 2008 and 2010. Moreover, he worked as a Principal Investigator/Research Fellow at the Department of Psychology, University of Hamburg, Germany and the Department of Systems Neuroscience at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany between 2006 and 2013. Since 2013, he is Professor for Health Psychology at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He is examining the interactions between psychology and the respiratory system in healthy individuals and in patients with respiratory disease Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma with a specific focus on bio-psycho-social aspects of breathlessness. He is specifically interested in how psychological factors such as affective states, personality traits, learning processes, attention and social aspects interact with the subjective experience and the brain processing of breathlessness as well as with the treatment of affected patients. Using a multi-modal approach, he is studying these interactions together with international collaborators from different disciplines, such as rehabilitation sciences, pneumology and neurosciences both in the lab and in clinical settings. Partly, these studies extend to the perception of other aversive bodily sensations such as pain and include self-report measures, behavioural studies, exercise tests, peripheral psychophysiological measurements, functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and electroencephalography (EEG). He has published extensively in leading journals of different scientific fields including respiratory medicine, psychology, neurosciences and pain and has served in active roles for several international societies of these fields.

Dr Sean Parker

Consultant in Respiratory Medicine and Lead of Chronic Cough Clinic, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Dr Sean Parker is a Consultant Respiratory Physician at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. He trained in Oxford and Newcastle. In addition to being a general respiratory physician, he has run a specialist cough clinic since 2010, and has a particular interest in non-pharmacological cough control therapy, psychological aspects of cough and has contributed to recent trials of novel antitussives. Dr Parker chairs the British Thoracic Society (BTS) specialist advisory group on cough and is currently co-chair of a BTS clinical statement group on cough.

Mrs Jennifer Butler

Principal Speech and Language Therapist for Voice and Upper Airway Disorders, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals

Speaker's biography

Jen Butler is a Speech and Language Therapist, with a specialist interest in laryngeal disorders.  She is an integral member of the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) and Respiratory teams at Newcastle Hospitals, helping to bridge the gap between these services.  Jen leads initial laryngoscopy assessments for patients referred to ENT for assessment of voice, swallowing, cough and/or breathing difficulties.  This includes using continuous laryngeal examination with symptom provocation using irritants, foods, vocal tasks and physical exercise.  Such assessments are carried out in standalone outpatient clinics and within severe asthma multidisciplinary clinics.  From an intervention perspective, Jen is passionate about taking a biopsychosocial approach to managing laryngeal disorders and finds this invaluable for supporting patients’ understanding of their symptoms and optimising progress with therapy.

Outside of her clinical roles, Jen is a guest lecturer and clinical educator at Newcastle University.  In 2020 she completed her Masters’ in Public Health and Health Service Research at Newcastle University. She has hosted patient engagement groups to identify patient-focussed research priorities and has received academic funding from the National Institute for Health Research, and Health Education England to pursue these priorities.  Jen’s research to date has included exploring healthcare utilisation of adults with Inducible laryngeal obstruction (ILO); identifying the most salient ingredients of complex interventions for ILO, and exploring the information needs of people with upper airway disorders.

Jen co-authored the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists’ position paper for The Role of SLTs in Upper Airway Disorders; and the National Consensus Statement for managing ILO during the COVID-19 pandemic.   She has also co-developed web-based video education resources for patients with laryngeal disorders which have proved invaluable during the COVID-19 pandemic


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Chair: Dr Sachin Ananth, Trainee Representative, Respiratory Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

The role of the psychologist in the respiratory multi disciplinary team (MDT)

Dr Jane Hutton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Department Lead, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust

Psychology of dyspnoea

Professor Andreas von Leupoldt, Professor of Psychology, University of Leuven

Psychological therapies in chronic refractory cough

Dr Sean Parker, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine and Lead of Chronic Cough Clinic, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust and Mrs Jennifer Butler, Principal Speech and Language Therapist for Voice and Upper Airway Disorders, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion
Close of meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

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