Respiratory Support For Adult Patients Facing Discharge From Hospital To The Community

Living with respiratory support requires preparation for both patient and the health care professional, including training in the hospital and in the home.

This course provides the health care professional with the skills and knowledge to care for the patient requiring respiratory support.

Duration 1 day
Includes All course materials and certificate of attendance

Aims and Objectives

  • To understand positive and negative airways pressure in relation to normal and mechanical ventilation
  • To understand the differences between NIV, BIPAP AND CPAP
  • To identify patients who require respiratory support
  • To obtain the skills necessary to competently care for the patient receiving respiratory support including recognising complications
  • To obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to provide care for the patient with a tracheostomy.

 Course Contents

  • Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
  • To describe the normal mechanics of breathing and ventilation
    • Recognize indications for and identify the equipment required for respiratory support, non-invasive, mechanical ventilation
    • Describe the differences between respiratory support, non-invasive and mechanical ventilation
    • Identify patients who would require respiratory support, non – invasive and mechanical ventilation
    • Competently care of patient receiving respiratory support, noninvasive and mechanical ventilation
    • Identify potential complications of respiratory support, noninvasive and mechanical ventilation
  • Understand how having a tracheostomy alters the physiology of the airway
  • How to care of the patient with a tracheostomy
  • Principles of home ventilation
  • Understanding blood gases


  • Healthcare Assistants working in general practice, primary or secondary care
  • Assistant Practitioners
  • Care Support Workers
  • Adult Social Care Workers giving care in residential and nursing homes and hospices


Delegates will leave the training course with a Care Certificate Workbook which will be taken back to their place of work – it details the elements underpinning the 15 Standards plus one additional standard and has questions and practical activities for the delegate to complete. Final assessment as to the competency of the Healthcare Support Worker will be undertaken by the employer. Guidance and assessment tools are provided to enable this decision to be taken. The person responsible for assessing competence must themselves be competent in the standard they are assessing.


Certification is made by the employer / assessor once all competencies have been met to the required standard. A national certificate template can be awarded by the employer at this stage and we recommend the Healthcare Support Worker employment record be updated to reflect this achievement.

Assessor Training

The 1 day assessor training covers:

  • Understanding the requirements of an assessor
  • Understanding what assessment is
  • How to use a range of assessment methods
  • The ability to plan Care Certificate assessments and make consistent assessments
  • The ability to provide guidance and support to Care Certificate participants

It is essential that assessors attend this training before delegates attend the care certificate course.

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