AC0797 - Enhancing the Care for People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the essential elements that contribute to improving monitoring and management of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This module will enable you to respond to and challenge practice for yourself and others. As you explore the evidence base you will develop an awareness of contemporary drivers putting monitoring and management of COPD at the forefront of care delivery. You will develop your consultation and history taking skills which can significantly influence practice. Topics include:
• Respiratory foundation – definition and classification of COPD; pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches; anxiety and depression; end of life.
• Consultation skills – including history taking; shared decision making; motivational interviewing.
• Health promotion and education – consideration of lifestyle factors including smoking cessation, diet and exercise and their impact on disease trajectory; referral to specialist services.
• The practicalities of inhaler management – inhaler technique workshop; exacerbation management; encouraging and supporting patients with self-management.
• Patient perspectives – patient voice; patient choice; carers perspectives.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a blended learning approach which will incorporate the use of the University’s interactive online eLearning Portal (eLP), lectures, discussions and workshops. Technology enabled learning will be enhanced through your interaction with the eLP which will give you the flexibility to access the module materials and aids remotely. The lectures will cover theories and concepts that will enable you to tackle a series of guided exercises. Many of the exercises will ensure you construct knowledge collaboratively with your module peers during the workshops. You will be required to actively engage in research rich learning through an enquiry based approach to ensure authentic learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will include feedback from tutors during workshops and tutorials. In addition, tutors will respond to questions via the module’s discussion board at the University’s eLearning Portal (eLP) so that the whole group may benefit. Tutors will guide you through exercises during the timetabled sessions. The University’s eLP offers remote access to materials and aids for reinforcing your learning. Further academic support is available through a 1:2:1 tutorial with the module tutor who will be responsible for marking your summative assessment.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

Please list below essential key text underpinning the module content and ultimately the learning outcomes:


Reed, J. E.; Taylor, M. J.; McNicholas, C.; Nicolay, C.; Darzi, A. and Bell, D. (2013) Plan-do-study-act method to improve quality in healthcare. British Medical Journal Quality and Safety Online, 0, pp. 1-9.
Scullion, J. and Holmes, S. (2011) Palliative care in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nursing Older People, 23, (4), pp. 32 – 39
Turner, A.; Anderson, J. K.; Wallace, L. M. and Bourne, E. (2015) An Evaluation of a self-management program for patients with long-term conditions. Patient Education and Counselling, 98, (2), pp. 213 – 218.
Ward, J. P. T.; Ward, J. and Leach, R. M. (2015) The Respiratory System at a Glance. 4rd edition, Wiley Blackwell: Chichester.

White, R.; Walker, P.; Roberts, S.; Kalisky, S. and White, P. (2006) Bristol COPD Knowledge Questionnaire (BCKQ): Testing what we teach patients about COPD. Chronic Respiratory Disease, 3, pp. 123 – 131.
Yount, S. E.; Szmuilowicz. E; Hutchison, P. and Rosenberg, S. (2014) A Qualitative Study of Unmet Healthcare Needs in COPD: A Potential Role for Specialist Palliative Care? Annals of the American Thoracic Society, 11, (9), pp. 1433 – 1438.

Bourke, S. J. and Burns, G. P. (2015) Respiratory Medicine: Lecture Notes. 9th edition, Wiley Blackwell: Chichester.
Gibson, V. and Waters, D. (2016) Respiratory Care. Taylor & Francis group: London.
Rollnick, S. and Miller, W. R. (2008) Motivational Interviewing in Healthcare: Helping patients change behaviour. The Guilford Press: New York.
Ward, J.P.T. and Ward, J. (2015) Respiratory Systems at a Glance. Wiley and Sons Ltd: Oxford.
Simmons, J. and Griffiths, R. (2013) CBT for Beginners. 2nd edition, Sage Publications: London.

ASH (2015) Smoking Still Kills Report. Available at:

British Lung Foundation (2015) Available at:

British Lung Foundation (2016) Battle for Breath: the impact of lung disease in the UK. Available at:

British Thoracic Society (2006) The Burden of Lung Disease. 2nd edition. A statistics report from the British Thoracic Society. Available at:

GOLD (2017) Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management and Intervention of COPD. Available at:

My Lungs, My Life (2016) Patient Respiratory Self-Management Toolkit. Available at:

NICE (2014) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adults in primary and secondary care (partially updated). NICE Clinical Guidance 101.
NICE (2011) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Quality Standard. NICE Quality Standard 10.
NICE (2010) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in over 16s: diagnosis and management. Available at:

North of Tyne and Gateshead Formulary (2016) COPD Management Guidelines. Available at:

Primary Care Respiratory Society (2016) Diagnosis and Management of COPD in Primary Care. Available at:

Primary Care Respiratory Society (2016) Improving the quality of spirometry in adults: the National Register of certified professionals and operators. Available at:

Primary Care Respiratory Society UK.
The British Lung Foundation.
RCP (2013) National COPD Audit Programme. Available at:
The British Thoracic Society.

What will I be expected to achieve?

Undertaking the module should enable the student to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate the ability to contextualise strategies which may be utilised to support monitoring and management of a COPD patient relevant to their clinical area enabling them to respond to and challenge practice for themselves and others.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Critically appraise examples of contemporary COPD evidence and debate the theory practice links, drawing conclusions about it usefulness to professional practice.
3. Draw upon IT skills to facilitate their professional development and communication strategies. They will present a PowerPoint Presentation of their plan for the summative assessment to their module tutor and peers which includes the opportunity to discuss and debate the available evidence.
4. Provide a robust and well considered critical discussion to their peers in the context of wider theories that impact upon COPD practice during workshops and in their summative written assessment.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Demonstrate and reinforce the characteristics of a Post Graduate Northumbria student. Adopting a curious questioning style, they will be able to critically evaluate COPD sources and contextualise those in relation to their own clinical environment as well as their fellow students.

How will I be assessed?

MLO’s 1 – 5 will be addressed formatively and summatively.

The formative assessment for this module requires the student to complete various exercises during the lectures and workshops.
Completion of the exercises will demonstrate the ability to research and critically evaluate differing types of evidence; discussing with peers and teachers how relevant the evidence is to their own clinical practice. In doing so, they will work collaboratively within a learning community; presenting information to module peers in a variety of formats.

The student will be encouraged to seek formative feedback from both module tutors and peers before the summative assessment date which presents them with the opportunity to improve their evidence of learning through reflection and constructive criticism.

The summative assessment for this module requires the student to write a 3000 word written critical exploration and evaluation that demonstrates the ability to contextualise strategies which may be utilised to support monitoring and management of a COPD patient relevant to your clinical area.





Module abstract

This module seeks to enable practitioners from a range of professional backgrounds and settings to develop knowledge and understanding of essential elements which contribute to improving monitoring and management of patients with COPD, whilst enabling them to respond to and challenge practice for themselves and others. In addition, participants will develop an appreciation of research relevant to the subject that can significantly influence practice.

The module will help participants to develop awareness of contemporary drivers putting monitoring and management of COPD at the forefront of care delivery. Students will also have an opportunity to develop their consultation and history taking skills.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 3 years part-time

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2023

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