Programmes overview

The Diploma Programme in Long Term Conditions (Dip HE in Long Term Conditions)*

The programme offers flexibility of modules to suit your individual needs:  

  • The Diploma of Higher Education in Long Term Conditions*

Open a PDF of all the information about the Diploma Programme in Long-Term Conditions

* This Programme is currently validated by The Open University.

The Degree Programme in Long Term Conditions (BSc (Hons) in Long Term Conditions)*

There are three options: 

  • The BSc (Hons) in Long Term Conditions*
  • The BSc (Hons) in Long Term Conditions (Cardiovascular Pathway)*
  • The BSc (Hons) in Long Term Conditions (Respiratory Pathway)*

Open a PDF of all the information about each option:

* This Programme is currently validated by The Open University.

How to Apply

For information about Diploma and Degree programmes and for how to apply, in the first instance contact Kate Fletcher on

Once you have discussed your individual needs with us, you can apply by downloading and printing off the application form below*:

*If you are applying for a single module or workshop, please use our standard application form:

If you are in doubt about which form to use, please contact us on the phone number below.


The cost of your programme will vary depending on the modules that you choose. For more information, please contact us on 01926 838969 or as we have a number of flexible payment options available.

Please note:  There is also a one-off fee of £365 for the Diploma Programme and £385 for the Degree Programme.

This is an Open University Registration Fee which must be paid up front at the time of application.  We pay this fee directly to the Open University and it is non-refundable and non-transferable.


Please note that Health Care Assistants are only eligible to undertake the Diploma Programme if they are working in a relevant clinical field and have evidence of relevant study, ie 120 credits at NQF level 4 (Certificate level).

These Programmes are not a professional award and will not lead to admittance onto the register of any professional body.

Respiratory Education UK

To apply for a course with (REUK) after the title, please contact Gill Butler on 0151 529 6254, email for an application form.

The academic programmes provided by Respiratory Education UK are accredited by the University of Hertfordshire. The named awards and the modules within them are all respiratory related and the teaching strategies adopted within the academic programmes encourage individuals to critically review evidence and challenge practice. The aim is always to equip practitioners with the necessary skills to utilise evidence and literature, and apply it appropriately to enhance practice and improve patient care.


The programme is designed to provide a flexible route for practitioners to gain a named award within the field of respiratory practice. It affords the respiratory practitioner the opportunity to develop and maintain professional, clinical and academic skills within the context of their existing employment; in this way it seeks to enhance the quality of healthcare provision, improve the outcomes for individuals with respiratory conditions and promote evidence based practice. The structure of the programme offers a range of individual learning experiences which prepare the practitioner to meet the continuing complexities and demands of their professional practice. The programme is endorsed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.


The programme focuses upon the development of a unique inter-professional postgraduate provision relating to respiratory practice. It is designed to meet the needs of a diverse range of practitioners who have to adapt to a changing evidence base, role transitions, and the dynamic political and economic climate. Within the context of rapid development and change, respiratory practitioners are required to work in new and evolving ways.

For pathway and individual module enquiries, please contact Gill Butler, Marketing Manager on 0151 529 6254 or email

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Dawn Warner
Dawn Warner is employed as a Respiratory Nurse Specialist.  Her role is to care for patients at end of life care. She supports patients and their families to make difficult decisions.  Dawn was awarded with a  Diploma of HE in Chronic Disease Management in 2010: "This programme has helped me look more holistically at the patient and manage their co-morbidities more effectively"
June Roberts
June Roberts (left) who graduated in 2008 with a Masters Degree, investigated the association between socio-economic status and COPD prevalence and morbidity in an inner city PCT and is using her findings to inform COPD service redesign for her region.
Jacqui Cooper
Jacqui Cooper a COPD Team Leader passed her MSc in Respiratory Care in 2009:  “Having a Masters has given me options that I would never have had before; in fact I wouldn’t have got my current job without it”
Kathy Cambell

Kathy Cambell is a Respiratory Specialist Practitioner and leads a multidisciplinary countywide community respiratory team for Gloucestershire PCT:  "I feel that my studies have filled a knowledge gap and it has been enormously effective in setting my career in the right direction. This level of education and the way it's delivered suited my working environment and learning styles, and has been invaluable to me"

Elaine Curtis

Elaine Curtis was awarded with a BSc (Hons) in Respiratory Care in 2010.  Having recently retired from being a Respiratory Care Associate for GSK, Elaine has embarked on a very exciting project which involves setting up a diabetes screening programme in Western Province Kenya: "Studying for my degree required a focused mind, a lot of discipline, and commitment, which will be invaluable in my future role"



Susan Townsend

Susan Townsend was awarded a BSc (Hons) in Respiratory Care in 2010.  Susan is a Respiratory Clinical Nurse Specialist involved in acute and emergency inpatient care at a large University hospital: "I believe that the modules I've studied as part of my programme have equipped me extremely well in the acute assessment of patients with respiratory disease and differential diagnosis"



Paula Hartill

Paula Hartill has a demanding job at a GP surgery in Telford.  She was awarded with a Diploma of HE in Chronic Disease Management in 2010: "Completing this programme has improved and increased my knowledge of Chronic Disease Management and feel it's enabled me to provide a higher standard of care to my patients, so they have benefitted too"


Dr Monsur Habib

Dr Monsur Habib, is passionate about improving the respiratory care in Bangladaesh. He came to the UK in 2002 funded by a GINA grant to complete an intensive series of courses over a period of 6 weeks. He returned home with a vision to replicate the Education for Health model and became the founder of the 'Better Breathing Bangladesh' project.  Dr Habib is pictured with Monica Fletcher, CEO.

Clare Fenner
Clare Fenner completed her BSc (Hons) in Respiratory Care in 2010: “The support from Education for Health has enabled me to hugely increase my knowledge and skills and therefore helped me deliver a higher standard of care”
Jackie Walker

Jackie Walker a Community Based Respiratory Nurse was awarded with a First Class (Hons) Degree in Respiratory Care in 2010, she said:  "This has enhanced the depth and breadth of my knowledge which has furthered my ability and confidence in managing people with respiratory disease. I now feel better able to help patients to appropriately self manage their disease and for me to provide best evidence based care"

Gay Lewis

Gay Lewis a Practice Nurse who describes her job as challenging, with lots of variety and responsibility, was awarded with a BSc (Hons) in Respiratory Care in 2010: “Completing this programme has given me more knowledge and confidence to manage my workload, especially for people with respiratory and allergic conditions"


Bev Cox

Beverley Cox, a Nurse Practitioner who was awarded with her Masters Degree in 2008, investigated the issues patients considered useful in consultations and how these aligned with current policy initiatives around quality and patient involvement in care.

Multaj Bolton

Multaj Bolton was awarded with a BSc (Hons) in Respiratory Care in 2010:  "Completing my degree has made me a more confident and competent practitioner and I have proved to myself that I can succeed. As an 'old' style trained nurse I achieved an RGN 19 years ago.  Completing my degree has made me feel I can compete with the newer degree trained nurses rather than feeling second best"

Carol Stonham

Carol Stonham won the Queen’s Nurse Title in 2008 for her work in the community and was awarded with her Masters Degree in 2009: “If I had not been a student with you then I doubt very much I would have applied for the Queen’s Nurse Title"



Tracey Lucas
Tracey Lucas a Respiratory Specialist Nurse passed her BSc (Hons) in Respiratory Care in 2010: “Completing this degree has helped me to develop a more holistic approach to respiratory patients from diagnosis to end of life care”
Jane McCarthy

Jane McCarthy a Practice Nurse, was awarded with a BSc (Hons) in Respiratory Care in 2010: “I feel much more confident in practice and can speak to patients about clinical issues with much more certainty. Studying anatomy & physiology I can now explain clearly why certain drugs work and how they affect particular parts of the body"



Fiona Shally
Fiona Shally a Clinical Nurse Specialist awarded with an MSc in Respiratory Care in 2009, plans to use the knowledge and skills gained from her education to develop a new specialist multi-disciplinary team in her local area.
Angela Pennington

Angela Pennington is a Respiratory Nurse Specialist and Lead Nurse for the Oxygen Assessment Service. She was awarded with a BSc (Hons) in Respiratory Care in 2010:  "Completing my degree has given me greater knowledge and kept me up to date with current research in respiratory care. It's given me confidence to question other healthcare professional’s respiratory management and decisions"

Claudette Bennett
Claudette Bennett, a Practice Nurse passed her Diploma of HE in Chronic Disease Management in 2010: “This programme has given me the confidence to make decisions and enabled me to cross barriers and attain the next level.  It's enhanced my skills, given me credibility and helped me in obtaining my promotion".
Jacqueline Russell

Jacqueline Russell works for an outreach service for patients with COPD and bronchiectasis, providing supported discharge and admission avoidance.  She passed the Diploma of HE in Respiratory Care in 2010: "I feel the programme has helped me to consolidate and expand my knowledge and that it will stand me in good stead for the future"

Karen Holley
Karen Holley a Lead Practice Nurse, completed her BSc (Hons) in Respiratory Care in 2010: "Obtaining my degree has given me a sense of achievement, especially in my current role.  I feel I now have a broader understanding of the needs of my patients and am able to work with them, to offer the best possible care"
Lorna Bird
Lorna Bird was awarded with a First Class (Hons) Degree in Respiratory Care in 2010: "I am thrilled to have completed my degree over the last four years. It seems unreal now that I've actually done it. It has given a huge impetus to my current job and has opened up possibilities for the future"
Bev Gofton
Beverley Gofton (right), a Respiratory Nurse Specialist was awarded BSc (Hons) in Respiratory Care in 2009, she said: “In terms of service development, studying towards my degree highlighted the clinical areas and patient groups that hadn’t previously been fully covered within my practice”.  Beverley is pictured with Monica Fletcher, CEO.

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