Respiratory Physiotherapy – elearning for healthcare
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  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
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Available on the Learning Hub

This programme is available on the NHS Learning Hub. We recommend you read the information on this webpage to find out more about the programme before you access the learning

More information about the Learning Hub and the migration of elfh programmes can be found here.

About the Respiratory Physiotherapy programme

Respiratory Physiotherapy is a new elearning programme to support physiotherapists treating patients with respiratory conditions, including COVID-19.

The programme has been designed to support existing and newly qualified physiotherapists who want to update their knowledge and to help prepare for working in daily and emergency out of hours respiratory care.

The programme includes an introduction to respiratory assessment and the clinical reasoning process, followed by more detailed modules about Auscultation, Chest X-rays and Arterial Blood Gas analysis, which play a significant part in assessment and help to analyse a patient’s respiratory problems.

Further topics covered are:

  1. Oxygen therapy
  2. Humidification
  3. Manual techniques
  4. Active Cycle of Breathing Technique (ACBT)
  5. Incentive spirometry
  6. Suction
  7. Tracheostomies
  8. Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing (IPPB)
  9. Mechanical insufflation: exsufflation MI:E cough assist
  10. Non-Invasive Ventilation

There is also a paediatric module which covers the differences in anatomy and physiology when assessing and treating an infant.

The modules on IPPB, NIV, suction and manual hyperinflation have videos incorporated of how to set up the equipment and apply to a patient.

All of the modules can be accessed in any order or worked through sequentially. Each module consists of a short self-assessment at the end to assess your own learning.

More information

While this respiratory care programme may support your learning, it is essential that you obtain clinical experience and follow the on-call competency training packages designed for your own Hospital Trust.

Meet the team

  • Dr Debbie Thackray – Principal Teaching Fellow, School of Health Sciences, University Southampton
  • Paula Casey – Lead Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Matt Quint – Consultant Respiratory Physiotherapist, from QAH, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
  • Pip Wright – Lakshman Thuraisingham, and Frances Monk – Senior Respiratory Physiotherapists, from QAH, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
  • Dr Denise Gibson – Consultant Respiratory Physiotherapist, and Rebecca Vokes – Senior Respiratory Physiotherapist University Hospital Southampton
  • Bev Harden – AHP lead HEE
  • Jon Collins – Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Clair Guy – Programme Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare

How to access

To access this elfh programme, you will require a Learning Hub account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below. Note that if you hold a full elfh account, you can sign into the Learning Hub using your existing login credentials.


To view the Respiratory Physiotherapy programme, select the View button below. If you already have a Learning Hub account, you will also be able to login and access the resources within the programme.


NHS healthcare staff in England – ESR

The Respiratory Physiotherapy programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access to the Learning Hub, you may be able to access the service if you have an existing OpenAthens account. Please go to Learning Hub and sign in with your existing credentials.

If you do not have an existing OpenAthens account, please contact elfh directly to check whether you may be eligible for access.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Respiratory Physiotherapy programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

Please select the following link for more information on how to use the Learning Hub

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