Specialist Advisory Groups

Our network of Specialist Advsiory Groups (SAGs) was 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. 

Specific tasks include:-

  • giving advice to the Society on programme content for the Winter and Summer Meetings and short course programme 
  • reviewing  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. SAGs do NOT form the whole membership of a Guideline Group however
  • providing advice 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 tasks 
  • advising the Education and Training Committee on relevant training issues.

Each SAG 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.

Current BTS SAGs:

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