Asthma: Basic Mechanisms and Clinical Management - Level 6 - 6NU520

About this module

This module is designed to enable the Health Care Practitioner to meet the current challenges of modern asthma care and management. It offers a logical and systematic journey from the understanding of associated anatomy, pathophysiology and mechanisms of asthma through to present and contemporary perspectives of management.

Clinicians management of asthma can only be applied when the patient is present. This is usually a few hours per year at most in contact with the health care professional. Patients then need to self-manage for over 8000 hours per year on their own. The modern practitioner needs to know how to facilitate that process with the individual and family members.

They cannot do this without knowing the patients' motivation, self-efficacy, knowledge of illness, perceptions of severity and vulnerability etc. Without this kind of knowledge the practitioner would potentially face countless re-admissions using crisis management as the main strategy.

An international focus will be adopted in reviewing current policy relating to patient management and self management practices in addition to close scrutiny of national and local policies impacting on the students current arena of practice.

Learning Beyond Registration

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) is a vital part of developing competent, capable health service practitioners prepared to deliver a dynamic, flexible, quality, client-focused service. If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands then you may be eligible for fee-free access to our LBR modules and/or programmes. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply.

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Continuing Professional Development

CPD is a core element of every health and social care professional's development journey. We have CPD modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (levels 6 and 7), which have all been tailored to meet the needs of practitioners and managers working within the health and social care sectors. We have modules to suit nurses, occupational therapists, hand therapists, radiographers, psychotherapists, and those working within complementary therapies.

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Which professions is this module aimed at? All Health Professionals

Course code: - Module code: 6NU520

Start dates are usually: Please contact us for the start date.

Module level: Level 6

Module credits: 20 credits

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  1. Recognise key aspects of professional knowledge and competence in Asthma management that promotes logical decision making in normal, complex and unpredictable contexts.
  2. Evidence the ability to deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and treatment within the realms of asthma management.
  3. Reflect on and critically evaluate your own professional role in understanding and facilitating self management of the person with asthma.


Fees and finance

Studying via LBR

If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands you may be eligible for fee-free access to out LBR modules. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply. Find out more at

Self-funded CPD

If you're self-funding, then the team you need to contact depends upon how you wish to study. Some modules are available online whereas others are studied on campus, through distance learning or a mixture of the two.

Where will I study?

You'll study for this course via online and on campus learning.

Contact details

To find out more about studying this module through the LBR scheme, please contact the LBR team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591992

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For campus, blended or distance learning modules please contact the College of Health and Social care team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591703