COPD Level 5 OCN NI Accredited (August – November 2024)

This course will be delivered in a hybrid format – face to face and online via the classroom link.   Each study day will have a  9.00am start.

Course Aim
Unit purpose and aim(s): This unit will enable the learner to understand what Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is, how to accurately diagnose and manage as per the most up to date evidence practice based protocol.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand the underlying pathophysiology and disease aetiology of COPD
  2. Understand the key elements in making a COPD diagnosis
  3. Understand the components of holistic assessment for the COPD patient
  4. Be able demonstrate the correct use of inhalers
  5. Be able to recommend effective pharmacological management of COPD based on current symptoms and future risk
  6. Understand non-pharmacological management
  7. Understand the criteria when to refer to Secondary care
This course is suitable for all registered Healthcare professionals caring for COPD patients in the primary, secondary or community care setting.
Course Contents
This 12-week course comprises of:
  • Four compulsory days – 3 compulsory study days – either virtual online, face to face, or a combination of both, which will be confirmed after registration, and 1 Assessment day
  • 1 additional non-compulsory evening may be offered
  • In order to gain OCN NI accreditation – written, practical and e-learning assessments must be successfully achieved
Course Dates
  • Day 1 — Wednesday 28 August 2024 (face to face teaching)
  • Day 2 — Wednesday 25 September 2024 (online via classroom link)
  • Day 3 — Wednesday 30 October  2024 (face to face teaching )
  • Examination — Wednesday 27 November 2024 online
  • Revision night – tbc
Assessment Method
  • Completion of an Online module and aligned MCQ.
  • Two reflective case studies – one at 6 weeks 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
  • The completion of an active practice protocol is mandatory for both asthma and COPD

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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