Course Outline

AccreditedShort course
Electronic Pack
Study day at venue
Case study submission
Post study day competency booklet
CPD hours200150
Credits20 level 4

This sixteen week module aims to enhance the health care assistant’s knowledge and skill associated with the diagnosis, management and care of an individual with asthma and/or COPD in primary care, and to enable the health care assistant to become an active member of the primary care respiratory care team.

It is designed for Primary Health Care Assistants who wish to expand their role and gain new knowledge and skills in recognition and management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the primary care environment. The content covers an overview of what asthma and COPD is; methods used to diagnose, an introduction to types of treatments used including the correct use of inhalers and lifestyle measures to reduce the causes and exacerbation of the conditions.

Suitable For

Primary health care assistants working at least 8 hours a week and supported by a named registered nurse mentor. As part of the assessment involves writing an essay, it is important that students have a good ability to write clearly in English. You can test yourself using the assessments in our Resources section.


Teesside University UCPD Management of Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease for the Health Care Assistant in Primary Care 20 credits Level 4


Short course

Content Includes

  • Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
  • The definition of asthma
  • The definition of COPD
  • Symptoms associated with asthma/COPD
  • The use of peak flow in diagnosis of the conditions
  • The role of spirometry in diagnosis
  • Lifestyle, personal and environmental factors associated with asthma/COPD
  • Types of inhalers used in the management of asthma/COPD
  • Boundaries and role of the HCA in asthma and COPD management
  • National guidelines in asthma and COPD
  • Accountability/scope of practice

Dates & Locations

Start Date
1 November 2022
Sixteen weeks
Crow Trees
1 November 2022
Workshop day
21 February 2023
Submission date


All students must complete competencies within the clinical setting, signed by the registered nurse.

Students on the university accredited module will also submit a 2000 word written assignment.

For more details about how the assessment works for University accredited courses, please see our FAQs section here.