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Dr Sarah Elkin is an experienced consultant chest physican at imperial NHS trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London. She studied Medicine at the Middlesex Hospital/UCLH, London before going on to specialise in respiratory medicine in North West Thames. She has a doctorate from research performed at the Royal Brompton Hospital and Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. Her clinical and research interests are in breathlessness/COPD and delivery of care. She is COPD lead for Imperial College NHS trust , and clinical lead of the Central and West London CCG community respiratory team team. She was lead of Imperial respiratory department for 7 years and the chair of the NHS London Respiratory Board from 2012-2013. She is now Clinical director of integrated care working closely with GPs and patient groups to improve care for those with respiratory symptoms.
Areas of interest
Smoking related lung conditions such as Bronchitis; Emphysema; COPD; lung cancer;
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant in Respiratory and General Medicine, Imperial College NHS Trust. Based at St Marys Hospital.
Health Improvement/models of care
Chronic obstructive Pulmonary disease
British thoracic Society award for Integration of respiratory services 2013
Impact of a COPD discharge care bundle on readmissions following admission with acute exacerbation: interrupted time series analysis. Laverty A, Elkin SL et al .PLOS one 2015 feb.
Identifying the challenges and facilitators of implementing a COPD care bundle. Lennox L, Gren S, Howe C, Musgrave H, Bell D, Elkin S. BMJ open resp research.2014
Elevated QRISK2 score in patients hospitalized for acute exacerbation of COPD versus stable COPD outpatients. Pagliaroli’ E, Mohan D, Padmanaban V, Palange P, Elkin S, Polkey MI. Int J Cardiology 2015.
British thoracic society guidelines for Pulmonary rehabilitation 2013
Primary adenocarcinoma of the lung with a synchronous carcinoid tumour of the small intestine Loenthal L, Thompson M, Elkin SL. JRSM short rep. 2013
Finding the missing millions - Falzon C, Solzak M, Elkin SL et al. PCRJ 2013
Breathlessness and skeletal muscle weakness in patients undergoing lung health screening in primary care. Kelly JL, Elkin SL, Fluxman J et al . COPD 2013-06-14
The transition of adolescents with chronic respiratory illness to adult care. Shrivastava SA, Elkin SL, Bilton D. paedia resp review. 2012
Rhinovirus infection induces degradation of antimicrobial peptides and secondary bacterial infection in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Mallia et al. AJRCCM. 2012 dec
Designing and implementing a COPD discharge care bundle. Hopkinson NS, Englebretsen C, Cooley N, Kennie K, Lim M, Woodcock T, Laverty AA, Wilson S, Elkin SL et al Thorax. 2012 Jan;67(1):90-2. Epub 2011 Aug 16. Review.
A review of discharge planning for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at high risk for readmission. Smith SM, Bell D, Hopkinson NS, Valentine J, Elkin SL. Clin med 2011
Telemonitoring and intermediate care. smith SM, Brame A, Kulinskaya E, Elkin SL Chest. 2011 Mar;139(3):731-2.
Seasonality and attendance at a pulmonary rehabilitation programme. Walker GE, Lee C, Elkin SL .Thorax 2010.Nov 23 epub
-. Can financial incentives for improvements in healthcare quality enhance identification of COPD in primary care? Falzon C, Elkin SL, Kelly JL, Lynch F, Blake I, Hopkinson NS Thorax 2010.Oct 14
Courses offered to GPs
COPD care delivery/updates
Lung function/spirometry updates
Excellent evidence presented at appraisal for audits. COPD - all targets reached & exemplary for achievement. All mandatory training achieved. National audit for lung cancer LUCADA above average. National COPD audits completed for RCP above average.
Patient 360 feedback excellent, all positive comments with no concerns. Colleague feedback cofirms an excellent approach to all aspects of holistic patient care and clinical management.
- MBBS University of London (UCL/Middlesex hospital) 1991
- MD thesis University of london 2003
- MRCP Royal college of Physicians, London 1994
- MCSP Chartered soceity of Physiotherapy 1986
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Chair of NHS London Respiratory Board NHS London 2012
- lead in respiratory medicine Imperial College NHS trust 2013
Details of entry to specialist register
- CCST respiratory and general medicine, 2003
Affiliations / memberships
British Thoracic society
British medical society
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Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
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