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Level 5 Asthma – 16 Week Course

23rd January 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm



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Level 5 Open College Network (OCN) NI accredited.
12 Credit Value.
70 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.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Understand the underlying pathophysiology and disease etiology 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 acute severe or life-threatening asthma
  8. Understand how to manage current and avert potential asthma attacks
  9. Reflect on current practice and its association 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 16-week course comprises of:
  • Three compulsory days – 2 full days face to face teaching 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:
  • Prior to the course’s first day – Completion of an Online module and aligned MCQ.
  • Two reflective case studies – one at four weeks and the second at week 12. 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:
    • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
    • 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

Course Dates:
This course is covered over the following dates:
  • Wednesday 23rd January 2019 – 9AM – 5PM
  • Tuesday 19th March 2019 – 9AM – 5PM
  • Tuesday 21st May 2019 (Assessment times will be allocated during the course)
  • Resit day if required on 4th June 2019

All 3 days are COMPULSARY


23rd January 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Barrett McGrath EMS
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