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Respiratory Disorders - Level 6 - AC0338


About this course

This module is commissioned by Health Education England as part of its continuing workforce development (CWD) portfolio. If you are interested in participating, please complete the application form and gain authorisation from your Line Manager and your Trust Training Coordinator.

To apply please make a note of the module start month, click on book now and choose the application for the correct starting month. Once your application is complete we will contact you in order to confirm whether or not you have been allocated a place. If you receive a place you will be emailed an official offer letter, you will need to respond confirming your place within 10 working days.

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Designed for practitioners who work with patients suffering from respiratory disease, this module will give you the opportunity to explore a wide range of respiratory disorders and examine contemporary evidence of the management of these disorders. By completing this module, you will develop an increased understanding of the needs of patients with respiratory disorders and learn how to apply that knowledge to practice. You will also develop an increased knowledge of the patho-physiology of various respiratory disorders and become familiar with current treatment and research findings.

Aims of Module

  • Develop an increased understanding of the needs of patients with respiratory disorders and how to apply that knowledge to practice
  • Develop increased knowledge of the patho-physiology of various respiratory disorders
  • Be familiar with current treatment options available and appropriate research findings
  • Provide enhanced care to patients and carers through the utilisation of knowledge and provision of information

Syllabus Outline

  • Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
  • Respiratory assessment
  • Lung investigations
  • Blood gas analysis
  • Pathophysiology of various common respiratory conditions and contemporary management
  • Non-invasive respiratory support including CPAP and BIPAP
  • Contemporary treatment options
  • Transplant Assessment
  • Smoking Cessation/health promotion

Study Dates for February Cohort:

Wednesday 6th February

Wednesday 13th February

Wednesday 20th February

Wednesday 27th February

Wednesday 6th March

Wednesday 13th March

Wednesday 20th March

Wednesday 27th March

Wednesday 3rd April

Wednesday 10th April



Learn from the Best

Our range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is tailored towards individuals who are driving and enabling practice development in the NHS in the North East.

You will be taught by academic staff with knowledge of respiratory disorders, practitioners/lecturers and expert clinical staff.

Northumbria is the principal provider of nurse education in the North East of England and was named Nurse Education Provider of the Year (post-registration) for three consecutive years by Student Nursing Times.

We have excellent relationships with partner services in health, social care and social work and our range of CPD provision supports practitioners and managers to engage in professional learning and then examine how this can be integrated in the practice arena.


Teaching and Assessment

You will be actively involved in the learning process and the course will be delivered through directed learning, independent reading, case study analysis, group work, lectures and, where appropriate, e-learning.

Clinical practice is an essential part of the learning process so you will need to be practising in a clinical environment that supports learning and teaching of essential skills associated with caring for respiratory patients.

Assessment of this module will take the form of a 4,000-word essay exploring a respiratory condition in depth.


Learning Environment

This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus where you will have access to cutting-edge facilities with technology embedded through all aspects of your CPD course.


Research-rich Learning

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).


Give Your Career an Edge

Completing this CPD module will enable you to provide enhanced care to patients and carers and give you an opportunity to reflect on current management of patients in your own area.

Course info

Award Type Level 6

Delivery Method Classroom based and E-learning

Sector Healthcare Public Health, Social Care Social Work, Sport Nutrition

Study Mode Part Time

Location Coach Lane Campus

Start February 2019

Duration 10 Weeks

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