The Group of Occupational Respiratory Disease Specialists (or
GORDS) is a UK network of around 15 consultant respiratory
physicians, established by the Health
and Safety Laboratory (HSL) for the Health and Safety
Executive (HSE). Each member is either employed by the NHS or
via a University, and has both a clinical and research interest in
occupational asthma and other occupational lung diseases.
GORDS was established in 2001 to provide a readily accessible
specialist knowledge base in the field of occupational respiratory
disease and has a primary remit of providing direction to HSE
policy and input to and critical review of research undertaken for
HSE in the field of occupational respiratory disease. To date GORDS
have provided input to HSE's Occupational Asthma and Non-asthma
Occupational Respiratory Disease Strategy as well as HSE's Silica
and Welding Action Plans.
The GORDS group currently has representation from a number of
specialist occupational respiratory centres located across of the
UK, including in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Liverpool, London,
Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.
For more specific information on each of the specialist
centres,including information on staff, relevant research
activities and patient/worker referral information, please contact
the specialist centre directly. However, general information on
each of the centres can be found on their respective websites by
clicking on the appropriate link.
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