Hong Kong Respiratory Training

30th April 2018

Education for Health has enhanced the knowledge of health professionals in Hong Kong by delivering a series of workshops relating to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) at Kowloon Hospital.

The aim of the programme, commissioned by the Institute of Advanced Nurse Studies, was to enhance the students’ knowledge and skills in the management of COPD while learning about how to improve the care pathway, and reduce readmission of patients with exacerbations.

In March 2018, Education for Health Trainers, Anne Rodman, Dave Burns, and Oonagh Potts delivered a series of workshops over three days in Kowloon Hospital.

Anne said: “Working with the students in Hong Kong was a brilliant experience. Despite the language barrier, all the students engaged with the lectures and practical workshops. The venue was incredible, as was the hospitality shown by the Institute. It was lovely to recognise familiar faces from previous UK study tours, and having the opportunity to share our knowledge with such a large group was an honour.”

The first two days offered 120 students the chance to learn about COPD care bundles through interactive and engaging lectures. These covered how to begin the patient’s COPD journey with an assessment, ensuring high standards of ongoing care, and progression along the patient journey, including acute care, exacerbations and end of life care.

The third day involved a practical workshop element, where 60 students were given the opportunity to enhance their clinical examination skills and practise inhaler technique and spirometry.

Julia Neal, Director of Education, said, “We were delighted to be approached by our colleagues at the Institute again.  Having previously commissioned study tours for their nurses to come to the UK and learn more about our approach to respiratory care, they were keen for our trainers to go to Hong Kong and share their extensive knowledge and expertise of COPD patient pathways amongst a larger group of nurses working across a range of health care settings.”