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The 2020 lecture will feature respiratory management and ventilation failure in people living with MND/ALS

This annual free lecture, organised by the MND Association and Royal College of Nursing (RCN), and sponsored by The Stephen Hawking Foundation, will focus on effective respiratory care in MND. It will explore the relevant NICE recommendations, consider how these can be applied and share examples of good practice.

The lecture will be held online and live stream booking will open shortly.


Presented by the MND Association and RCN, The Annual Stephen Hawking Foundation MND Lecture 2020 aims to bring current research to members of the multidisciplinary team and demonstrate how this might feed into their practice.


Objectives for the 2020 lecture:

  •  to introduce and explore the relevant recommendations for respiratory care within NICE Guideline NG42 (Motor neurone disease: assessment and management, Methods, evidence and recommendations; Feb 2016)
  •  to consider the application of the recommendations in practice, and present good practice examples for participants to consider for their own environment, or treatment
  • to outline new research or findings in the field.

At the end of the lecture, participants will have :

  • a better understanding of good respiratory care for people living with MND
  • a practical examples of good respiratory care to consider for use in their own environment
  • an appreciation of new or emergent practice or research in the field.

Audience: Suitable for health and social care professionals, students interested in neurodegenerative disorders and members of the public with an interest in MND/ALS

This year’s lecture will be presented by Dr Rónan Astin  BA Hons MRCP PhD, Consultant in Respiratory and Ventilation Medicine, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH), Senior Research Associate, UCL Centre for Human Health and Performance, Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH).

View the 2018 and 2019 lectures here.

This webinar is accredited by the RCN and is equivalent to 1.5 CPD/learning hours. A certificate will be available to download.