Meet the Team – Katy Buchan

Meet Katy Buchan, Member of the Steering Group, HMViP

I am Home NIV Lead/Senior Physiotherapist & Respiratory Pathway Lead for Therapies at University Hospitals Bristol and Western NHS Trust. Where I look after the home ventilation service jointly with an amazing multidisciplinary team.

In addition, I’m currently jointly working as respiratory pathway lead for therapies supporting therapy teams across the acute, CF and respiratory outpatients

What is your interest in HMV?
I have worked with the home ventilation team for the last 15 years, and I am passionate aboutfacilitating patient Independence and improving quality of life. I look after all different patient groups who use HMV. My PhD research was looking at using NIV during exercise in patients with COPD. More recently I have been working to improve the transition journey of patients on ventilation from Paediatrics to Adults with my colleagues at the Children’s hospital.

When did you join the HMViP?
November 2020 

What do you personally hope to see the group achieve?
I’m really hopeful that the group will improve access to information for both patients and clinicians, giving a voice and platform for patients and their experience of Home ventilation. Also, I hope that this will lead to more collaborative working between patients and clinicians. I am excited to see what
the group can achieve next!