Asthma Level 5 OCN NI Accredited. (Jan-March 2024)

This course begins on Wednesday 17th January 2024  at 9.00am. Asthma L5 will be delivered as a hybrid course ie study day 1 and study day 3 are face to face, with study day 2 being held online via google classroom (link will be provided).  Location for face to face is Dame Cicely Saunders Seminar Room, NI Hospice Education Centre, Somerton Rd  North Belfast.  Coffee is provided each day but lunch can be purchased at the Hospice cafe or other local cafes in the area.

Asthma Level 5 Open College Network (OCN) NI accredited.
12 Credit Value.
100 Guided Learning Hours.

Course Aim
Unit purpose and aim(s): This unit will enable the learner to understand the underlying pathophysiology and aetiology of Asthma, be able to accurately diagnose and optimally manage the condition as per the most up to date evidence practice based protocol.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the underlying pathophysiology and disease aetiology of asthma
  2. Know how to use the diagnostic objective and subjective assessments required to accurately diagnose asthma in line with current guidelines
  3. Understand the pharmacological pathways for the management of accurately diagnosed asthma
  4. Understand the potential impact of inhaler technique and adherence
  5. Be able to accurately demonstrate the correct use of inhalers
  6. Understand how to recognise and manage deteriorating asthma
  7. Be able to recognise severe, acute or life-threatening asthma
  8. Understand how to manage current and avert potential asthma attacks
  9. Reflect on current practice and its associated with asthma deaths
Suitable for
For all registered Healthcare professionals caring for asthma patients in the primary, secondary or community care setting.
Mode of Delivery

This 12-week course comprises of:

  • Four compulsory days – 3 full days – delivered either via Google Classroom or face to face (post COVID-19) and 1 Assessment day
  • 1 additional non-compulsory evening may also be offered
  • E-Learning
  • In order to gain OCN NI accreditation – written, practical and e-learning assessments must be successfully achieved
Assessment method
  • Completion of an Online module and aligned MCQ.
  • Two reflective case studies – one at week 6 and the second at week 10. These will ask the learner to critically analyse an aspect of care that was historically provided, identifying areas for improvement as per relevant guidelines
  • On the assessment day:
    • True/False Questions
    • Four short answer questions – where the learner will be asked to answer two
    • Practical assessment – Accurate demonstration of two inhaler devices selected by the assessor
  • Portfolio of evidence demonstrating pharmacological management is mandatory submitted no later than the start of week 12
Course Dates

This course is covered over the following dates:

  • Day 1: Wednesday 17th January 2024 (face to face)
  • Day 2: Wednesday 7th February 2024 (online via classroom link)
  • Day 3: Wednesday 6th March 2024 (face to face)
  • Written and practical exams: Wednesday 10th April 2024
  • Portfolio due to be submitted before exam day

Registration from 9:00AM. All dates are compulsory.

Due to encryption methods on devices in the workplace, you may need to use your personal computer to access this course and the Google Classroom.

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