Asthma In Primary Care: Building Strong Foundations In Asthma (Adult)

Course Information


Over 5 million people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma. The National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) published by The Royal College of Physicians found that 46% of the deaths investigated in the inquiry could have been avoided if the available best practice guidelines had been followed. Experts and patient charities have called for an end to the complacency that surrounds asthma care whilst recognizing that patients themselves have a part to play inactively taking part in managing their condition.

This course is designed to give healthcare professionals new to asthma care an understanding of the prevalence and impact of asthma. Delegates will look at the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory tract, the pathophysiology and mechanism of asthma, current therapies both pharmacological and non-pharmacological. It will focus on the brilliant basics of asthma care, the importance of supported self-management and the organization and provision of care. The course will be interactive and will include practical workshops and group discussion. Delegates will develop an understanding of the key components of asthma care which will provide a foundation for future learning and development in this exciting area where they can make a difference to the outcomes for their patients with asthma.


Aims and Objectives

  • Provide continuing professional development in asthma care
  • Provide a strong foundation and understanding of the important basics of asthma care
  • Enable healthcare professional new to asthma care to provide high quality safe, effective care within their scope of practice.


Course Contents

  • An overview of asthma; prevalence and impact
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the respiratory tract
  • Pathophysiology and mechanism of asthma
  • Atopy
  • The diagnosis of asthma
  • The management of asthma (pharmacological and non-pharmacological)
  • The importance of triggers
  • Assessing asthma control
  • Occupational asthma
  • Asthma in pregnancy
  • Inhaler Technique
  • Working with patients to achieve effective self-management
  • The impact of psychosocial factors on asthma
  • Personalised Asthma Action Plans (PAAP)
  • Management of asthma attacks
  • Follow-up
  • Organisation of care
  • Signposting patients
  • Case studies
  • Risks and alternative therapies
  • Research and evidence base practice



  • Practice Nurses new to Asthma care
  • Nursing home / Residential home staff
  • Healthcare Assistants (Primary Care or Residential care/Nursing home)
  • Pharmacists
  • Occupational Health Staff

AB Health Group