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New e-learning programme will help physiotherapists treat patients with respiratory problems including COVID-19

Posted on: October 29th, 2020 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with the University of Southampton, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust to develop a free Respiratory Physiotherapy elearning programme to support physiotherapists treating patients with respiratory conditions, including COVID-19.

The sessions are designed to support existing and newly qualified physiotherapists who want to update their respiratory knowledge and skills to help prepare them for working in daily and emergency out of hours respiratory care.

The programme includes an introduction to respiratory assessment and the clinical reasoning process, plus 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:

  • Oxygen therapy
  • Humidification
  • Manual techniques
  • Active Cycle of Breathing Technique (ACBT)
  • Incentive spirometry
  • Suction
  • Tracheostomies
  • Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing (IPPB)
  • Mechanical insufflation: exsufflation MI:E cough assist
  • Non-invasive ventilation.

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

For more information about the programme, including details on how to access, please visit:

New COVID-19 e-learning on recovery and rehabilitation available

Posted on: September 23rd, 2020 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues it is recognised that those who recover from the virus often continue to display a range of physical and psychological symptoms that require therapy and support.

This interactive elearning programme aims to provide health and care staff, including Allied Health Professionals, fitness professionals and carers with strategies and techniques to manage key symptoms experienced by people recovering from COVID-19.

Four 20-minute elearning sessions cover breathlessness, exercise, cough and fatigue, with knowledge checks occurring at key points. Although the sessions interconnect, they can be completed as individual modules.

On completion of the sessions, a certificate can be downloaded. The programme is also included in the continuing professional development (CPD) portfolio for health and care staff.

More information about the programme

This work was commissioned by Health Education England in collaboration with the Pulmonary Rehabilitation department at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

The authors bring wide and diverse knowledge and experience to the COVID-19 recovery and rehabilitation elearning, which aided the development of a high-quality elearning programme, that can be used by a variety of health and care staff including carers. It is an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to learning that fully encompasses the ethos of rehabilitation.

Accessing the elearning

You can find the COVID-19 recovery and rehabilitation elearning programme at:

elfh is a NHS England programme in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies