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Respiratory Medicine in the Community

Course Type
Postgraduate, Module

Module overview

This module 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 module 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 module 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


20 Masters level credits

Module attendance required

  • 3 days taught attendance
  • 4 days workplace based attendance. This can be your own practice, or if not in practice then will be at UHB NHS Trust.

Module leads will arrange placements with the students, generally speaking these will be with Drs Turner, Mansur and Gompertz for those writing a module project on asthma or COPD, and with Drs Thickett or Walters if studying interstitial lung disease. The full range of UHB clinicians can be accessed after appropriate discussion with the module leads. Please see here the links to UHB respiratory. 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

Module dates

To be confirmed


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

Academics involved in the delivery of this module 

  • Dr Alice Turner
  • Davinder Dosanjh
  • Martin Dedicoat
  • Dhruv Parekh
  • Ian Woolhouse (honorary)
  • Adel Mansur (honorary)
  • Rahul Mukherjee (honorary)

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.

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