Respiratory Matters and Prohms recognise the importance of delivering high quality respiratory and spirometry services. Prohms also appreciate the importance of being being assessed as 'competent' in these areas. Therefore our spirometry courses have been accredited by the CPD certification service. 'Accredited CPD training' means the learning activity has reached the required Continuing Professional Development standards and benchmarks. In addition, it means that the learning value has been scrutinised to ensure integrity and quality. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD requirements.
The course content follows ARTP quality assurance standards.
Understand appropriate use of spirometry, including contraindications to the procedure
Appreciate the importance of the verification of calibration of spirometry equipment, as part of the quality assurance process. In doing so, that standards of measuring and recording, as specified in national guidelines, can be met.
Understand the terms used in measuring lung volumes
Be able to obtain technically acceptable and reproducible measurements of dynamic lung volumes
Recognise whether a spirometry test indicates a normal or abnormal result. Also be able to implement appropriate signposting and/or referral.
The National Spirometry Register
In September 2016, a competency assessment framework for diagnostic spirometry was published. This document sets the minimum competency standards for healthcare practitioners performing respiratory and spirometry services. The ARTP spirometry qualifications are now the recognised competency assessment qualifications for all practitioners performing spirometry. The ARTP are now also responsible for holding the national register of spirometry accredited practitioners at all levels. The framework was phased in on 1st April 2017 with full implementation by 31st March 2021.
NHS England has endorsed the document, but completing an assessment and entry onto the register is not mandatory. This is because it is currently a voluntary scheme. There is also no requirement from NMC.