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Level 5 Spirometry – 12 Week Course

12th January 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm



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Financial support for this course may be available on successful completion of level 5 accreditation

Spirometry Level 5 Open College Network (OCN) NI accredited.

12 Credit Value.

60 Guided Learning Hours.

Course Aim:

This unit will equip the learner with the necessary skills, knowledge and expertise to care for and maintain a spirometer; adequately prepare the patient and equipment to enable consistent and accurate spirometry results to be obtained; and to become proficient and competent in the interpretation of the results in line with the most up to date evidence-based guidelines.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Be able to care for and maintain all spirometry equipment
  • Know how to calibrate the spirometer.
  • Know how to optimally prepare the patient prior to carrying out spirometry- and know when the test is contra-indicated
  • Be able to obtain consistently good quality, accurate and reproducible readings
  • Be able to assess the quality of the patient’s blow.
  • Be able to accurately interpret complex abnormal readings.
  • Know when to refer to specialist care

Suitable for:

All registered healthcare professionals including: GPs, Nurses, practice-based pharmacists and physiotherapists.

Mode of Delivery:
  • One compulsory online certified e-learning module which must be completed prior to the first study day
  • Three COMPULSARY study days which will be delivered remotely via Zoom technology incorporating both theoretical and practical components
  • Once all the practical assessment components have been successfully completed – the student will progress to analyse a portfolio of 9 abnormal spirometry readings which are to be accurately interpreted and reported on in the context of the patient presentation

Assessment method:
  • E-assessment
  • The Practical assessment – which will include verification of the device’s calibration using a 3 litre syringe, preparing the equipment and how to prepare a patient and performing a Spirometric test on yourself. This may be assessed remotely if COVID-19 restrictions are still in place
  • Interpret the results at a basic level – using the 4-stage method taught during the programme. Interpretation of two unseen readings and discuss the appropriate cleaning and decontamination of the equipment.
  • Coursework – Case studies of 2 technically acceptable and reproducible spirometry readings and accurate basic interpretations discussing the technical acceptability of each reading during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence – which will include 9 abnormal spirometry readings which will be accurately interpreted at the end of the 12 weeks

Course Dates:

This course is covered over the following dates:

  • Day 1 – Tuesday 12th January 2021 – 9AM – 5PM
  • Day 2 – Wednesday 20th January 2021 – 9AM – 5PM
  • Day 3 – Tuesday 2nd Feburary 2021 – 9AM – 5PM
  • Exam Day – Wednesday 10th Feburary 2021
  • Resit Day (if required)– Wednesday 17th Feburary 2021
  • Portfolio Due Tuesday 30th March 2021

Registration from 8:30AM. All dates are compulsory.


12th January 2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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United Kingdom


Barrett McGrath EMS
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