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Short courses
Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

COPD and Asthma
University Certificate in Professional Development


Course overview

This award is for you if you are a health care professional in either a hospital or community setting and are regularly involved in the care of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma and require a nationally recognised professional qualification in COPD and asthma for safe practice. For example nurses working in the community, GP practices, out of hours, rapid response and hospital settings who, given the burden of respiratory disease in the NHS, now require more knowledge regarding the conditions of COPD and asthma and how these conditions can be optimally managed in accord with current guidance to improve patient outcomes.

This award is unique in the way respiratory knowledge is assessed regarding the care of these conditions in that assessments are via OSCE, case log and a practice workbook of respiratory competencies designed in accordance with current guidance and commissioning requirements for respiratory service provision for COPD and asthma.

Where you study

Teesside University campus


Course details

What you study

You learn about the respiratory disease trajectories and current evidence supporting the best ways to manage patients with asthma and COPD in the acute and chronic phases of their disease. You learn how respiratory disease is diagnosed, assessed and holistically managed in accord with current consensus guidance.

You also learn how to undertake a clinical history and a case review of a patient with asthma/COPD as well as how to perform the relevant clinical examination and investigations the patient requires, for example cardiopulmonary examination and spirometry and x-ray analysis. Following this you learn how to titrate and monitor the therapeutic regime a patient with asthma and COPD requires to help optimise their clinical state and maintain clinical stability. You explore the patient's response to the illness experience alongside strategies to promote patient empowerment in managing their disease state, with the hope that patients will eventually experience minimal symptoms with maximal improvements in their health and quality of life.

This knowledge makes you a more confident practitioner when supporting your patient through their disease trajectory with all this entails for a patient and their family, and in recognising deterioration in their clinical state early to hopefully avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.

How you learn

Experiential learning techniques help to build your confidence in respiratory disease diagnostics and holistic therapeutics for your workplace. A workbook of practice competencies is provided to support knowledge and skills transfer to the workplace.

The summative assessment is a 4,000-word case study.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You should have at least six months experience of working with patients with respiratory problems.

Support in the workplace with an experienced respiratory practitioner is required to ensure application of principle to practice in the workplace and the development of core respiratory care skills.



Career opportunities

This award helps meet the requirements of nurses or other PAMS involved in the implementation of the current NHS Chronic Disease Agenda and the changes required by the new GMS contract and reduction in hospital doctor’s hours.

Given the burden of respiratory disease for the NHS many roles are developing that require the knowledge of asthma and COPD diagnostics and therapeutics – which this award provides – for example practice nurse or nurse practitioner responsible for chronic disease management within a GP practice, specialist respiratory nurse, respiratory outreach, community matron and respiratory nurse within the acute setting as chronic respiratory disease units develop in acute sector hospitals in the future. In the context of rapid response and out of hours practitioners knowledge of COPD and asthma can promote more effective diagnostic triage capacity especially in the acute phase of the disease.



2019 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants:

  • Length: 20 weeks, part-time
  • 40 credits, degree level
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176

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