Specialist Advisory Groups

If BTS Committees are the powerhouses of of the Society's activities, our Specialist Advsiory Groups (SAGs) provide navigation and a steer. SAGs were first established in 2007. Each has the same remit:

  • To advise the Society on matters which influence the care of patients with specific respiratory disease(s) including their treatment, therapy and procedures; appropriate standards of care and resources; and education and research requirements.
  • To provide a pool of expert opinion to which the Society can refer when it receives requests for advice and in response to consultations. This will include providing advice on where opinions might be obtained from colleagues outwith the core SAG when necessary.
  • To provide the means by which members with specific interests can find common cause and share views and experiences.

Specific tasks include:-

  • giving advice to the Society on programme content for the Winter and Summer Meetings and short course programme, as requested; 
  • SAG members will be asked to review Winter Meeting abstracts (for spoken and poster sessions) in their area of expertise.
  • liaising with the Standards of Care Committee (SOCC) about the Society’s Guideline programme. This may include giving advice to the SOCC about the need for a Guideline or responding to a request from the SOCC about the need to develop a Guideline in the disease area; advising about who might Chair and/or become members of the Guideline Group; providing at least some members of the Group (membership is open to all BTS members however); and reading the draft Guideline and making comments to the SOCC as part of the peer review process for the Guideline;
  • providing advice to the Science and Research Committee about emerging and unmet research needs in the disease area, especially where the Society might be involved in some way in answering clinically significant questions;
  • assisting the Quality Improvement Committee in its task of developing relevant clinical audit tools and the collection of data about respiratory services in a planned way linked to the Society’s strategic objectives;
  • advising the Education and Training Committee, if required, on relevant training issues.

Each SAGs consist of a small number of members (between 5 and 7) and, exceptionally, a very few have members representing an interest group where there is a need for a particular perspective which is not readily accessible from within BTS membership.

A list of Declarations of Interest for each SAG member can be found here.

BTS SAGs include:

Asthma
COPD
Cough
Critical Care
Cystic Fibrosis
Interstitial & Rare Lung Disease
Lung Cancer & Mesothelioma
Lung Infection
Occupational & Environmental Lung Disease
Pleural Disease
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Quality Improvement
Pulmonary Vascular
Sleep Apnoea
Tobacco
Tuberculosis