Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Respiratory Disease

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Develop your knowledge and skills in managing patients who have respiratory diseases. Acquire theoretical and practical skills relevant for practice whilst promoting a holistic, patient centred approach to management.

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The aim of this 10 credit module is to equip those whose work involves managing patients who have respiratory diseases to develop their knowledge and skills in this area. This programme has been developed to be innovative in approach and develop theoretical and practical skills relevant for practice whilst promoting a holistic, patient centred approach to management.

This 4-month module aims to equip those whose work involves managing patients who have respiratory diseases to refresh their knowledge and skills in this area. The module will cover focused consultation skills, diagnosis of asthma and COPD incorporating World Health Organisation (WHO) and National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines, the fundamentals involved in managing patients with respiratory disease, pharmacological management of patients with respiratory diseases, practical skills such as spirometry and inhaler usage and the basics of a respiratory examination.

Students will be classroom based for the four full day taught sessions which will be over a four month period and will be expected to work with a clinical lead in practice to refresh and update the knowledge and skills learnt in the classroom. The assessment for this module will reflect achievement at level 6.

Why us?

  • This course will take place in the Sciences Complex which contains the Living Lab, an integrated facility, supported with IT connectivity that enables a range of patient journeys and scenarios to be modelled

Course structure

This course is delivered by University of Sunderland Clinical Sciences lecturers and is taught over four full days over a four-month period at the University of Sunderland. Each day uses a variety of teaching and learning methods including interactive workshops and will focus on a specific topic that you can then consolidate in clinical practice. Assessment will be by an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) utilising simulated patients in a variety of respiratory based consultations.

Topics covered on this course include:

  • Consultation skills
  • Diagnosis of asthma and COPD
  • Anatomy, physiology & pathophysiology relevant to respiratory disease
  • Ongoing management of patients with respiratory diseases
  • Inhaler techniques and spirometry
  • The fundamentals involved in a respiratory examination
  • Health promotion
  • Our Clinical Skills Suite is equipped with a range of clinical equipment for training health professionals. The cutting-edge equipment is backed up with excellent IT facilities and helpful IT support staff.

    Clinical Skills Suite
  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to- date academic and industry articles. There are nearly 9,000 journal titles, mostly in electronic format.

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This course is based in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which boasts excellent facilities and cutting-edge equipment thanks to multi-million-pound investments.

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to be health care professionals. You should be working in a clinical setting where your work involves delivering respiratory services.

Please contact the CaPE team for information on start dates: cape@sunderland.ac.uk

Fees and finance

The fee for this course is £350.

This information was correct at the time of publication.

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