Spirometry and patient contact

10th June 2021

We are aware that there is a lot of regional variation around patient contact. A recent document issued by the Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology (ARTP) and one from the Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS) highlights areas that need to be considered in order to aid restoration of spirometry services.

You can find the document Risk minimisation in spirometry re-start on the ARTP website, dated 28th April. This was also reviewed by Education for Health as part of the Task and Finish group.

When a learner signs up for either of our Spirometry courses, they have up to six months to work through the materials.

If  a learner has purchased the programme with ARTP assessment, then they will be able to apply for the ARTP certification that is relevant for them, during their learning journey with Education for Health. The level of certification a learner may wish to apply for may include Foundation: Performing only, Full: Performing and Interpreting, or Interpretation: Interpreting only. During the programme, the learner will apply for their certification through Education for Health by completing a form which will then be passed to the ARTP. Once this is complete the ARTP will then contact them and provide the necessary information and access needed to complete the certification.

Please note, the ARTP will provide six months to complete any certification requirements. This is independent to the Education for Health learning programme. Therefore if you need to extend or defer this, you will need to contact ARTP directly and this will be considered on a case by case basis.

No matter which version of our course you go for, on top of the Interactive Blended Online Learning you also get access to a Q&A every month and an ARTP representative joins some of these, so you would have further opportunities to ask questions.