Olivia is a patient, former nurse and Patient Chair of the Severe Heterogenous Asthma Research collaboration- Patient centred, a ERS CRC. Having originally studied Sports Science, severe asthma prevented a career in sport, a career change to nursing was also stopped short again due to severe life threatening asthma. Volunteering with various charities such as Asthma + Lung UK Olivia has been involved in collaborating with researchers, reviewing lay summaries and PhD proposals. Olivia also recently set up a severe asthma peer support group which people attend from all over the world. Olivia is also a trustee of ICUsteps which runs peer support groups for patients who have experienced critical illness. Olivia also writes a blog about her experience of being a patient, volunteer and advocate for those with long term health conditions.
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