Imperial College London

Professor Martyn Partridge National Heart and Lung Institute

Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Patient Centred Care



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Guy Scadding BuildingRoyal Brompton Campus





Martyn R. Partridge is Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Patient Centred Care, The National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London. Previously based on the Charing Cross Campus, in 2010 he moved to Singapore to set up the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine for Imperial and Nanyang Technological University. Starting from scratch he worked with a curriculum team in London and clinical and academic colleagues in Singapore to devise a totally new curriculum and pedagogy for the new school designed to produce graduates equipped for the new challenges of medicine but with a solid scientific basis. The new course includes multiple innovations from methods of selecting medical students, through extensive use of simulation, to the use of team based learning and extensive use of new technology. Much of the early clinical experience at the new School is gained in Community polyclinics. In 2013 as the school moved from developmental phase to an operational phase Professor Partridge returned to the UK and a new role at NHLI, Dovehouse Street (Royal Brompton Campus). Here his focus is on patient centred care and on translational research, from lab to bedside, or more importantly lab to bedside to community, and the integration of healthcare and implementation of research findings into day to day practice remains a priority. Professor Partridge chairs the British Thoracic Society Integrated Care Working Group looking at how to ensure that those with a special interest and responsibility for integrated respiratory health care are equipped with the correct skills, training, support and facilities, and that such developments are correctly evaluated. Other current research interests are also in the field of evaluating the delivery of healthcare to those with respiratory illnesses and this includes earlier and more accurate diagnosis of respiratory disease, evaluation of service enhancements such as the organisation of specialist consultation services, the  use of lay educators, telephone consultations,  electronic asthma and COPD action plans, and methods of enhancing communication between both patients and doctors, and specialists and General Practitioners. He has a particular interest in the subject of health literacy and in simplifying information materials and questionnaires (such as the Epworth Sleepiness score) to enhance  comprehension. A fierce supporter of the National Health Service, Martyn was appointed as a Specialist Advisor to the Care Quality Commission in 2014.

An essential part of good healthcare is a well trained workforce and for several years Professor Partridge chaired the clinical years sub-committee of the Undergraduate Education Committee at Imperial College where he was also a deputy Director of Education. In 2006 he received a Rectors award for excellence in teaching. His educational interests include the use, and most especially the evaluation of E learning by both undergraduate and postgraduate trainees. He is currently external examiner at two overseas Universities and Visiting Professor to Universiti Teknologi Mara in Malaysia.

Professor Partridge is past President of the British Thoracic Society (BTS), previous Chief Medical Adviser to Asthma UK, a previous member of the GINA (Global Initiative for Asthma) Executive and Chairman of their Dissemination Committee. For 17 years he was closely involved with the production of the British Asthma Guidelines and until its recent disbandment he chaired the UK Department of Health (DH) Asthma Steering Group which produced National Good Practice Guides for Adult and Childhood asthma, and was a member  of  the DH Respiratory Programme Board, and Chairman of  the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) Asthma Deaths Audit Steering Group.  He has led on a number of WHO initiatives and served for several years as a member of the Medical Aerosols sub-committee of the United Nations Environment Programme overseeing the phase out of CFCs. He has received a Rotary International community and vocational service award for his previous work in establishing an NHS Palliative Medicine service and in 2011 he was named one of the UKs top 5 Chest Physicians in the Times/Sunday Times list of top doctors. In 2015 he was awarded the British Thoracic Society Medal in recognition of his contribution to respiratory medicine, education and patient involvement, and to the work of the Society over many years.

Software Downloads

The Imperial College Electronic Asthma Action Plan Software (E-AAP)

Self management support and the issuing of a written action plan has been shown to improve outcomes for asthma. We have developed an electronic pictorial asthma action plan (E-PAAP)1 which incorporates pictorial asthma action plans into a software package. This software package should help overcome problems of access to paper templates, by calculating peak flow action thresholds and by prompting correct completion.

The background to the development of the software has been published2 and the software is available free for healthcare professionals and other colleagues to use. The new version has been updated in 2014 to include newer formulations of medication and also now permits you to personalise the action plan to your institution or health centre. If you have any comments or queries about the software please contact Professor Partridge (

  1. Roberts NJ, Mohamed Z, Wong PS, Johnson M, Loh LC, Partridge MR. The development and comprehensibility of a pictorial asthma action plan. Patient Educ Couns 2009; 74(1):12-18.
  2. Roberts N, Evans G, Blenkhorn P, Partridge M. Development of an electronic pictorial asthma action plan and its use in primary care. Patient Educ Couns 2010; 80(1):141-146.  

Instructions for installation

Download the zip archive file: Asthma software file  Once downloaded, expand the archive to a folder and run the setup.exe contained therein to install the application. After installation the application can be found on your Start menu.

Requires Windows Vista or above and the Microsoft .NET Framework 4. Most modern Windows computers have the .NET Framework 4 already installed, but if it is missing, it can be downloaded from:

The imperial College Electronic COPD Action Plan Software (E-COPD-AP)

A similar action plan suitable for those with COPD has also been produced and evaluated 3. The new 2014 version includes newly introduced medications and also permits you to personalise the plan to your institution or health centre. If you have any comments or queries about the software please contact Professor Partridge (

3.  Roberts NJ & Partridge MR. Evaluation of a paper and electronic pictorial COPD action plan. Chronic Respiratory Disease, 2011, 8: 31-40


Instructions for installation

Download the zip archive file: COPD software file  Once downloaded, expand the archive to a folder and run the setup.exe contained therein to install the application. After installation the application can be found on your Start menu.

Requires Windows Vista or above and the Microsoft .NET Framework 4. Most modern Windows computers have the .NET Framework 4 already installed, but if it is missing, it can be downloaded from:

A Glossary of terms in Respiratory Medicine for use by patients

A Lung Glossary

Please click on the link below for an example of a glossary.

It is increasingly good practice to permit patients access to their medical records and to copy to patients correspondence being sent from a specialist to the patients primary care physician. Unfortunately the use of medical terminology reduces the comprehensibility of these ventures. Colleagues may therefore wish to download a copy of terms used in respiratory medicine which has been evaluated in the publication listed below.


Brown C, Roberts NR & Partridge MR. Does use of a glossary aid patient understanding of the letters being sent to their general practitioner? Clinical Medicine, 2007, 7: 457-460.


Pictorial Epworth Sleepiness Scale

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) was designed to be self-completed by the patient. However, it may not be understood by all and unrecognised problems with literacy can impair the process. We have translated the ESS into a pictorial version for use in those with normal or diminished literacy skills.

An evaluation of the patients’ ability to self complete the ESS was undertaken in sleep and non-sleep respiratory clinics. Errors or problems encountered were recorded on a standard questionnaire. With the aid of a medical artist, pictorial representations of the eight ESS questions were developed and the new pictorial ESS was offered to patients alongside the traditional ESS. The two scales were compared for agreement with a kappa statistic and patients were asked to record a preference for either the written or the pictorial scale.

The evaluation of the traditional ESS showed that 33.8% (27/80) of ESS naive patients made errors and 22.5% (18/80) needed help completing the questionnaire. The translated pictorial ESS showed good agreement with the traditional ESS on most questions (median kappa score 0.63, IQR 0.04). Fifty five percent reported a preference for the pictorial scale compared to the standard written ESS. More people (75.6%) reported the pictorial ESS to be very easy in contrast to (64.6%) the worded ESS questionnaire.

Errors are common when patients self-complete the traditional written ESS. Pictures with words have been shown to enhance the understanding and translation of medical information and a pictorial translation of the ESS produces comparable scores to the traditional ESS and may be a suitable alternative for those with normal or diminished literacy.

R Ghiassi,  K Murphy, A Cummin, M R Partridge. Developing a pictorial Epworth Sleepiness Scale, Thorax 2011 66(2):97-100

R Ghiassi  and M R Partridge. Health Literacy and Sleep Apnoea, Thorax 2011 66(2):180



Hui CK, Xu B, Chung KF, et al., 2018, Green respiratory health care: Time for us all to act, Respirology, Vol:23, ISSN:1323-7799, Pages:452-454

Roberts NJ, Ward M, Patel I, et al., 2018, Reflections on integrated care from those working in and leading integrated respiratory teams, London Journal of Primary Care, Vol:10, ISSN:1757-1472, Pages:24-30

Edelmann C, Ghiassi R, Vogt DR, et al., 2017, A pictorial Sleepiness and Sleep Apnoea Scale to recognize individuals with high risk for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, Nature and Science of Sleep, Vol:9, ISSN:1179-1608, Pages:253-265

Effing TW, Vercoulen JH, Bourbeau J, et al., 2016, Definition of a COPD self-management intervention: International Expert Group consensus, European Respiratory Journal, Vol:48, ISSN:0903-1936, Pages:46-54

Roberts NJ, Patel IS, Partridge MR, 2016, The diagnosis of COPD in primary care; gender differences and the role of spirometry, Respiratory Medicine, Vol:111, ISSN:0954-6111, Pages:60-63

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