Competency assessment in diagnostic spirometry – all you need to know

spirometry-registerToday (12 September) sees the publication of a competency assessment framework for diagnostic spirometry.  Key to Improving the quality of diagnostic spirometry in adults: the National Register of certified professionals and operators is the launch of the new The National Register of healthcare professionals certified to perform and/or interpret diagnostic spirometry in adults.


In 2014 , the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Report on inquiry into Respiratory Deaths 2014 looked  at why premature mortality from respiratory disease remained so high and how death rates could be improved. The framework – which responds directly to the recommendations made by the APPG – has been co-produced by a stakeholder group comprising Association for Respiratory Technology & Physiology (ARTP), Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists, Asthma UK, British Lung Foundation, British Thoracic Society, Education for Health, and Primary Care Respiratory Society UK. NHS England has endorsed the document.

Education for Health’s Chief Executive Monica Fletcher is Chair of the Stakeholder Group which co-produced the framework. She explained: “The document sets out the framework for implementing the APPG recommendations: a common curriculum; quality assured training, assessment of healthcare professionals/operators to clearly defined standards and the establishment of The National Register of certified healthcare professionals.

“This will ensure that everyone – patients, individual healthcare professionals and commissioners – is clear about the standards required.”

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