The Role of the Health Care Assistant in Respiratory Disease

It is widely recognised that over recent years the role of the Health Care Assistant (HCA) has changed. Today the HCA is more directly involved with patient care and now takes responsibility for routine tasks that other healthcare professionals would have undertaken in the past.

In the field of respiratory disease HCA's may have a role in spirometry, peak flow measurements, teaching non pharmacological techniques to assist patients with the management of sputum or breathlessness, smoking cessation, pulmonary rehabilitation as well as providing education and support to the patients and their families.

Respiricare recognise that there is little dedicated training specifically for HCA’s and their role in respiratory disease.

This study day is suitable for any HCA or newly qualified healthcare professional with a specific interest in respiratory disease and management.

This full day’s course can be tailored to your exact needs but topics covered can include:

  • Spirometry
  • Peak flow testing
  • Smoking cessation
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Managing breathlessness
  • Sputum clearance techniques
  • Basic respiratory anatomy and physiology

The courses are run throughout the year at a variety of venues. If you are interested in attending please email for further information on dates and prices.