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online workshop

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) - focal point


  • Released: 04/2020
  • Reviewed: 08/2021
  • Study time: 5h:30m

This learning programme aims to enable you to interpret and apply clinical guidance to support people living with COPD. You will consider how to optimise their treatment and use a person-centred approach to empower people living with COPD to self-manage their condition.#CPPEcopd

Learning outcomes

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • identify ‘red flag’ signs and symptoms presenting in people living with COPD, who may require referral to another healthcare professional
  • create a list of local resources to enable you to support and signpost people living with COPD
  • discuss the options for the management of breathlessness and anxiety for people living with more advanced disease
  • interpret clinical guidance and apply it in practice to support the optimisation of therapy for people living with COPD
  • support people to self-manage their COPD while demonstrating a person-centred approach.

How to use this programme

Our online workshops are run using Zoom. You will have received a separate email (from the lead tutor via zoom) with a unique link to join this zoom event. Please do not share this link with others. The email allows you to add the event to your calendar of choice. If you do this it will save the link for you too. You can also find a copy of your link on the CPPE website in your pending bookings.
Please note:

  • You will need to be connected to the internet for the duration of the online workshop.
  • To get the most from this workshop we recommend that you use a laptop or desktop computer.
  • You will be asked to put your camera on and unmute yourself for some or all of the event.
  • This event must not be undertaken while travelling, or in a public place.
  • We expect you to prepare for our events by completing all pre-workshop activities. Details of these will be emailed to you by the lead tutor or can be found via your pending bookings.

If for any reason you cannot attend the event, you must cancel your place via your Pending bookings on the CPPE website. Failure to do this may result in a cancellation fee and restrictions being placed on your CPPE account.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Trainee pharmacists