Principles of Respiratory & Thoracic Care

CPD and short courses (short course)

Blended learning, Cambridge

12 weeks

Module level: 6 and 7

Module credits: 30 credits


Enhance your understanding and knowledge of how to care for a patient spanning both the acute and chronic respiratory spectrum. We're the only university in the country to offer a course specific to respiratory and thoracic care.

Our course will further your understanding of the complexity of respiratory diseases and illnesses, and your knowledge of current assessment and management options. You'll also explore the importance of working with the multidisciplinary team and consider the impact of living with a respiratory disease upon patients, carers, families and the NHS.

The ‘Burden of Lung Disease’ (British Thoracic Society 2000, 2006) highlighted the huge health and economic burden of respiratory illness. In the UK respiratory disease kills 1 in 5 people, more women die of lung cancer than breast cancer and premature mortality from COPD is twice as high in the UK than in Europe. The current and future impacts of respiratory disease in the UK is concerning, this means there is a need for specialist knowledge and skills in order to deliver high-quality, evidence-based healthcare

This module will improve your current understanding, knowledge, management and assessment of respiratory diseases. It will enhance your understandings of the impact of respiratory disease and illness, upon patients, carers, family and the NHS. Your knowledge of treatment options available will be enhanced as Respiratory pharmacology, Oxygen therapy, Non-Invasive Ventilation Therapy and Thoracic surgery are samples of that which is included with this module’s content.

You’ll be a health care professional working on a respiratory ward, in thoracic surgery, or in critical care. You’ll understand the demand for specialist skills in this area, and you’ll be keen to meet the challenges and demands of caring for patients across the acute and chronic spectrum.

There will be dedicated time spent within the module to consider the pathophysiological effects of Covid-19 and an update on implications for current health services and emerging research.


There are two forms of assessment to this module. One is completion of a practical portfolio undertaken in practice with an identified clinical mentor. The second is a written assessment on a topic of your choice, relative to an area of care within your working environment.

Who should attend?

This module is intended for registered health professionals working in areas such as respiratory wards, thoracic surgery and critical care areas.


Please note: timetables are still to be confirmed, dates may be subject to change.


  • 23 January 2025
  • 30 January
  • 6 February
  • 13 February
  • 20 February
  • 6 March
  • 13 March
  • 27 March
  • 3 April
  • 10 April

Face to face:

  • 27 February 2025
  • 20 March

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care at ARU is primed to meet the demand for healthcare professionals, doctors, scientists and social workers in the East of England.

We've been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that our students want the very best experiential learning, and we've invested heavily in purpose-built simulated wards, science labs and skills spaces, to support your learning every step of the way.

Where can I study?

Blended learning
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Study through a mix of face-to-face teaching and online sessions.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

30 Credits (Level 6) for courses starting in 2024/25


30 credits (Level 7) for courses starting in 2024/25


Funding for CPD

Please ask your manager or Education Lead about available funding before you apply.

Contact details

Marian Hepburn-Barnes
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CPD Admissions Team
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Entry requirements

To access this course, you must:

  • be a registered health professional with at least one year’s experience
  • have at least six months’ experience in a respiratory and/or thoracic setting.

Applicants for level 7 study should also have a degree in a relevant subject

If you work in primary care, we offer a course aimed specifically at your area of practice. Please see Management of Chronic Respiratory Conditions for Primary and Community Practitioners for more details.

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