COPD Level 5 module

This COPD Level 5 module has been designed to equip healthcare professionals to identify people who may be at risk of COPD and to ensure that accurate diagnosis and effective treatment strategies are implemented.

COPD is known to affect more than 900,000 people in the UK. However, the British Lung Foundation has reported ‘missing millions’ of patients who are not yet diagnosed but suffering from this debilitating condition. Correct diagnosis is essential to promote targeted patient care and education that could improve long term outcomes.

The module is delivered by eLearning and accredited by The Open University, and National and international guidelines are used to inform practice and encourage an evidence based approach to care.

Interactive study days support your learning with a mix of informal lectures and practical sessions delivered by expert practising clinicians.

“I learned a lot, which has totally changed the way I now investigate and diagnose the COPD patients. The feedback and comments when I needed support was really helpful.”
Student, COPD Level 5 module, 2015.

You will learn:

  • The impact of COPD on the individual and the NHS
  • Effective history taking, assessment and diagnosis
  • Treatment options, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological
  • Care planning and self-management

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Discuss the pathophysiology of COPD
  • Recognise risk factors for COPD
  • Understand the use of lung function tests in people with COPD
  • Analyse the critical issues in history-taking in this field
  • Assess disability and health status in COPD patients and examine their impact
  • Understand the main aims of both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment

Study Days
This module is delivered by blended learning, with study days to support the online course. Please note that if low numbers of students book onto this module we may cancel study days at short notice. If this is the case, students already registered will be contacted by our Student Support Team and offered alternative options.

Click here to check for available dates for this course, or register your interest below.

Course Details

Notional Study Time: 300 hours (including time to study learning materials, attend study days and complete case study and portfolio)

Assessment Method: Portfolio plus 2000 word case study.

Study Method: eLearning (supported by study days)

Duration: 6 months

No. of Credits: 30

Module Specification: Download

Course Information Sheet: Download

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