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What knowledge do you need in Asthma, COPD or Spirometry?

Best Practice Bulletin Edition 11 - Post Show

26 Oct 2021

What knowledge do you need in Asthma, COPD or Spirometry?

What knowledge do you need in Asthma, COPD or Spirometry?

With many healthcare professionals redeployed within the NHS, the need for training and knowledge-sharing is significant.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about an increased focus on respiratory health, which was identified as a national clinical priority in the most recent NHS Long Term Plan. What’s more, experts are warning that this winter may see an increase in influenza cases due to waning population immunity.

The combination of a higher volume of influenza cases, and the ongoing pandemic challenges, indicate increased risk for respiratory patients alongside the potential for an overwhelmed NHS.

This is a crucial time for respiratory care.

Training staff to perform and interpret spirometry, alongside ensuring that healthcare professionals have the most up-to-date knowledge of respiratory conditions, will put the NHS in the best position to face this winter’s demands and improve health outcomes.

Spirometry is the most commonly performed lung function test within the NHS and provides healthcare professionals with the basic information needed about a patient’s airway function and vital capacity.

Why Education for Health?

At Education for Health, we have over three decades of experience delivering education, training and support to health and care professionals.

We currently provide two Spirometry packages, one with access to Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology (ARTP) assessment and one without. Both include pre-recorded podcasts, online reading materials and a monthly interactive live session with our clinical experts – the ideal opportunity to ask questions and check understanding. Some learners opt to send in traces to be reviewed and discussed at these live sessions, and a representative from ARTP is often in attendance.

Learners have up to six months to complete their course, and with all content online, can log in and work through the reading at a time, place and pace to suit their individual needs. They can also shape their focus to suit their knowledge and role, with chapters on performing, recording and interpreting spirometry.

Our course content aligns with ARTP standards, and is written by a team of clinical experts. Topics include:

  • Pathophysiology of lung disease
  • Flow and volume measuring spirometry devices
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Performing, interpretation and troubleshooting
  • Delivering spirometry in a pandemic

Our wider portfolio:

We provide courses accredited by University of Hertfordshire, at level 5, 6 and 7. These include respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD. We also offer Essentials and Refresher courses through our Learning Academy. Available course dates are listed on our website and can be booked by individuals, or we can work with education commissioners to build a package for their team.

Get in touch:

For more information about our spirometry packages, or our other education and training courses, please get in touch:


Tel: +44 (0)1926 493313


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