Respiratory Diseases:

an e-Learning series from FPM

In 2022, the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (FPM) embarked on a major project called DEfining MEdical NeeDs and Evidence (DEMENDE).

This project aimed to pinpoint unresolved issues and gaps in data and knowledge pertaining to the management and care of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases.

Through that project, FPM produced the DEMENDE COVID-19 Workshop: Report and Recommendations report. One of the recommendations from the report was to enhance the education of healthcare professionals in the clinical presentation and correct prescribing of treatments and therapies for COVID-19, Influenza, RSV, and other viral infections.

Since November 2023, FPM has been developing a series of e-Learning modules for healthcare professionals, including general practitioners (GPs), specialist doctors (especially those working in intensive care medicine, geriatric medicine, oncology etc.), and nurses.

This e-Learning, which will be branded ‘Managing Respiratory Diseases: an e-Learning series from FPM’, will be available free of charge to these healthcare professionals and will be hosted on an e-Learning platform.

How have the e-Learning modules been created?

The content for the modules has been written by a team of subject matter experts in the field, working under the auspices of a clinical lead, Dr Cynthia Wat MFPM, and with feedback and support from FPM’s Infectious Disease Expert Group and an end-user review group.

The project is being managed by the FPM staff team, in association with a team of third-party instructional designers.

Financial support has been provided to FPM as a grant from Pfizer Ltd. Pfizer Ltd have no involvement in the content development.


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What does the e-Learning entail?

Module content will be delivered on an e-Learning platform, providing flexibility that allows participants to make more effective use of their time. The modules take around 45 minutes in length.

Module 1 is designed as the introduction to some of the common themes and issues, including the definition and clinical presentation of acute respiratory infection, epidemiology and pathogenesis, seasonality and spread.

Then, modules 2 to 4 will delve into greater detail into Coronavirus, Influenza, and RSV. These modules include an investigation of the burden of disease, clinical presentation and diagnosis, management and treatment options, and guidance from the UK Government, NICE and others.

The material includes the use of case studies and a host of interactive features including Q&A, click and select, pop-ups, “drag and drop” exercises and others, as well as links to external and downloadable resources.

By the end of these modules, participants will…

Further their understanding of identifying signs and symptoms for key respiratory diseases.

Increase their knowledge of treatments and therapies and the correct application of these.

Feel better prepared to manage winter pressures and identify high risk patients.

Benefit from a comprehensive range of learning materials that will aid in professional development.

Gain the knowledge needed to develop and maintain competence, ethics and integrity and the highest professional standards.

Booking information

This e-Learning will be relevant for a variety of healthcare professionals, including general practitioners (GPs), specialist doctors, especially those working in e.g. intensive care medicine, geriatric medicine, oncology etc., and nurses.

We will be going live early August and will be keeping this webpage updated in the coming months, with information regarding access and booking.

For detail on the project to date, please see our blog post here.

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Please keep an eye on this webpage for booking information and links to the content.

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