Why is this programme important?


In 2016, a report was published which sets out a framework for improving the quality of diagnostic spirometry in adults, calling for a system to assess and certify the competence of all healthcare professionals undertaking and interpreting diagnostic spirometry. Commissioners and providers of diagnostic spirometry must ensure that diagnostic spirometry testing meets the quality assurance standards defined by the ARTP, PCRS, Education for Health, Asthma UK, NHS England, BTS and PCC. All healthcare professionals/operators performing and interpreting spirometry need to be assessed and certified as being competent against these National standards.

Who’s the training course for?

This training course is for health care professionals in primary care and secondary care:
Doctors, GP’s, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who currently perform and/or interpret spirometry and need to improve their level of skill before they can confidently apply to join the National Spirometry register.

Training course aims?

The aims of the training programme is to ensure participants are able to consistently perform and /or interpret spirometry in line with established national standards thus helping to establish a consistent approach to spirometry performance and interpretation across the UK.

What will you achieve?


By the end of this programme, you will be able to:

1. Apply standardised quality control procedures to a spirometry service.

2. Describe the indications and contraindications to performing spirometry and relate these to clinical practice.

3. Perform accurate and repeatable spirometry measurements in clinical practice.

4. Relate the pathogenesis of important adult respiratory conditions, such as COPD, asthma and interstitial lung disease to the key spirometry variables.

5. Distinguish between obstructive and restrictive lung disease when assessing respiratory volumes and flows during spirometry.

6. Evaluate spirometry results to assess and grade lung function to facilitate appropriate management of adult patients.

Performance of Spirometry

Topics on this course include:

  • Introduction to the Course
  • Taking a spirometry measurement
  • Understanding the Flow-Volume Loop
  • Understanding the Volume-Time graph
  • Quality and standards of spirometry measurements

Interpretation of Spirometry

Topics on this course include:

  • Introduction to the Course
  • Anatomy and physiology of spirometry measurements
  • Understanding the Flow-Volume Loop
  • Understanding the Volume-Time graph
  • Understanding normal spirometry results
  • Understanding abnormal spirometry results
  • Summary and Spirometry Case Studies

How long will the course take?


Depending on your level of knowledge, the online spirometry course, reading word-for-word, and watching each video in its entirety, will take around 6-8 hours of continuous learning, depending on the course level taken. However, this resource has been designed as bite-sized learning of 15 to 20 minute sessions to fit in with your busy lifestyle. More experienced practitioners will complete the course in considerably less time than those unfamiliar with spirometry. In addition to the on line component, a half day practical skills workshop is offered at a location and on a date of your choosing to complement the foundation and full courses

What will I learn in the workshop?


The Spirometry Practical Workshop has been designed to complement the ARTP’s online Spirometry Course. The Practical Skills Workshop is a three-hour workshop based on the most important aspects of spirometry performance. The indicative content of the workshop complements the content of the ARTP’s online Spirometry Courses. Candidates are expected to make a start on their learning and assessment preparations before they attend the workshop to ensure they have relevant questions for the experts.

These sessions will consist mainly of practical demonstrations of how to perform and troubleshoot spirometry measurements. Candidates will be requested to bring their own spirometers and consumables to the workshop to ensure they receive the training on the devices they will be using in every day practice.

The spirometry workshop is for candidates on the Level 1 and Level 3 programme.

Who developed the course?


The course was developed by the Institute of Clinical Science and Technology in partnership with the Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology. and with input from the Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS) 

How to access the course


To register on to the right course we firstly recommend that you have a better understanding of the different registers. Please follow our Five Easy Steps to the ARTP register.

Once you have chosen the course that meets your requirements you can then book on to an ARTP Spirometry course, inclusive of assessment and entry onto the National Spirometry register.

How is competency assessed?


Competency is assessed using the ARTP’s online spirometry portfolio (e-portfolio), which assesses the key elements around performing spirometry (foundation and full) and a case-based assessment (interpretation and full).

In addition, foundation (level 1) and full (level 3) candidates must complete a 20-minute practical assessment delivered by an ARTP approved tutor. This is not a requirement for candidates completing the interpretation (level 2) programme.

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