A reading list is sent to delegates beforehand. An 80-page workbook is provided on the course, plus CPD reflection form and certificate of attendance. Below are the objectives for the Problem-Solving Course, the Critical Care Course, the Breathless Course and the Advanced Course.
THE PROBLEM-SOLVING APPROACH TO RESPIRATORY CARE

To provide an evidence-based approach to the assessment and management of respiratory patients and patients undergoing surgery.

To link assessment skills, including interpretation of blood gases, x-rays and auscultation, to the relevant physiology.

To understand the medical management of the respiratory patient and enable full co-ordination of physiotherapy with oxygen therapy and medication.

To critically evaluate a variety of physiotherapy techniques for the surgical patient and medical respiratory patient, including those with atelectasis, sputum retention or excess secretions.

To provide up-to-date references to support the above, and appraise the current literature.

To ensure effectiveness of interventions by demonstrations, videos and a practical session.

To stimulate critical thought, and reinforce problem-solving skills by the use of case studies.



CRITICAL CARE AND ON CALL

To provide an evidence-based approach to the assessment and management of the ventilated patient.

To link assessment skills to the relevant physiology, and use these to identify the problems of the intensive care patient.

To provide an understanding of mechanical ventilation, chest drains, monitoring and support systems, including safety factors.

To critically evaluate physiotherapy techniques for the mechanically-ventilated patient, including a practical session on pressures for manual hyperinflation, and modifications for specific disorders.

To examine intensive care and on-call scenarios, including an interactive session on typical call-outs.

To provide up-to-date references to support the above.

To stimulate critical thought, and reinforce problem-solving skills by the use of case studies.



WHAT CAN WE DO FOR THE BREATHLESS PATIENT?

To provide an evidence-based approach to the management of breathless patients, with particular attention to those with COPD. Other conditions that incorporate breathlessness are discussed but in less detail, e.g. asthma, restrictive lung disease, heart failure, neurological disease and malignancy.

To link assessment skills to the relevant physiology.

To understand the medical management of the breathless patient in relation to oxygen, nutrition and the latest in pharmacology.

To provide information on the constituents of a pulmonary rehabilitation programme.

To provide up-to-date references to support the above, and appraise the current literature.

To demonstate interventions by video and, when available, patient demonstration.

To stimulate critical thought, and reinforce problem-solving skills by the use of case studies.




ADVANCED RESPIRATORY COURSE

To provide an evidence-based approach to the management of the respiratory patient.

Where research evidence is lacking, to use physiology, pathology and a patient-centred approach to build an evidence base.

To reinforce clinical reasoning skills by the use of case studies and x-rays.

To stimulate critical thought, including in group work.

To re-appraise physiotherapy for the surgical patient, the mechanically-ventilated patient and people with COPD.

To provide the information for setting up a pulmonary rehabilitation programme.

For the 3-day programme, to cover, in detail, the management of patients with hyperventilation syndrome.

To discuss respiratory audit and to facilitate group discussion of clinical education.

To provide up-to-date references to support the above, and appraise the current literature.



RESPIRATORY CARE FOR COMMUNITY PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

The course is aimed at non-respiratory physiotherapists who work in the community. It may also be suited to those working in hospice settings.

A reading list is sent to delegates beforehand and a workbook provided on the course.

Objectives

To provide an evidence-based approach to the management of the respiratory patient, particularly those who are breathless or have sputum retention.

To link assessment skills to the relevant physiology.

To understand the medical management of the respiratory patient in relation to oxygen and medication.

To provide up-to-date references to support the above, and to appraise the current literature.

To demonstate interventions by video and, when available, patient demonstration.

To stimulate critical thought, and reinforce problem-solving skills by the use of case studies.