Short course

Respiratory Medicine in the Community

This short course will enable you to develop competencies in the management of respiratory disorders to an advanced level, deal with common problems and learn how to critically evaluate current research in the field of respiratory disease.

Start date
October - December 2024
Approx 7 (spread out as part day sessions across a semester, semester 2)
2024/25: Home - £1,170; International - £3,260
Postgraduate Microcredential
20 credits


This short course is aimed at all healthcare professionals with an interest in respiratory medicine working or engaging with the community setting, for example GPs, specialist nurses, respiratory registrars, academic clinical fellows, who are required to develop competencies in the management of respiratory disorders to an advanced level. 

The course will provide accredited certification and validation of competencies including skills to enable autonomous practice in dealing with common problems and the ability to critically evaluate current research in the field of respiratory disease. An independent learning process will allow students to continue to advance their knowledge and understanding of respiratory disease.

The course will comprise: 

  1. Pre contact reading demonstrating how evidence based practice is implemented effectively in practice.
  2. Three days contact time involving lectures and seminars and interactive, facilitated sessions to discuss the key theoretical and clinical aspects of diagnosis and management.  Students will contribute to discussion, analysis and application of the theoretical perspectives that underpin practice involving critical evaluation of current research. The programme will include sessions on cough, asthma, COPD and bronchiectasis
  3. Course work, written and practical assessments.
  4. A minimum of 4 days within hospital or community clinics, (or in your own practice, followed by one to one discussion with specialists who teach on the module) to provide opportunities for experience in required practical competencies and to allow students to acquire and demonstrate skills, particularly in case based assessment and discussion

Attendance required

  • Approximately 3 days total contact time (delivered spread out across the semester)
  • Approximately 4 clinical sessions within hospital. This can be your own practice, or if not in practice then will be at UHB NHS Trust.

Students may pick from a list of clinical sessions located mainly at UHB or in primary care. Please be aware that students may need additional clearances for NHS attendance, organised via occupational health and human resources; this can be done at the time of registration in order not to delay studies


Multiple choice questions (MCQs) and written assignment of either case based discussion and evidence review or or protocol for service development



Clinical experience

Stand-alone module

  • This module can be taken as a stand-alone assessed or non-assessed course.
  • Fee - to be confirmed
  • Entry requirements - BSc or equivalent professional degree in a relevant subject area (biomedical or medical)
  • Please contact Dr Alice Turner for further information.