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Whether it’s to prepare for the next Quality Payments Scheme deadline, or to increase your confidence in helping people with a learning disability, this section provides topic-specific pages that link to current NHS priorities. This section will support you in keeping your knowledge and skills up to date in order to provide high-quality pharmacy services and be service-ready.

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Inhaler technique for health professionals: getting it right

  • Released: 12/2014
  • Reviewed: 03/2018
  • Study time: 2h:0m

In this e-learning programme we explore the reasons why we need to improve how we help patients with their inhaler devices. We look at how the devices work and why making simple changes when we are counselling patients could improve outcomes for both the patient and the health professional.

Learning objectives

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

  • discuss potential implications of poor inhaler technique
  • understand your role as a healthcare professional in optimising inhaled medication
  • describe the different types of inhaler devices and their instructions for use
  • describe how the aerosol is made in each type of device
  • describe how inspiratory flow can affect drug delivery for different inhalers
  • describe the breathing technique required to achieve the optimum inspiratory flow for each device.

How to use this programme

On your computer: You can access this e-learning programme through your web browser on your computer. You will need to be connected to the internet while you work through it.

On your tablet device: If you would like to access this programme on your Apple device you will need to download the free Articulate app. When you access the programme through the website, it will automatically open in Articulate. You can access this programme through your web browser on your Android device. Although you can access this programme on devices with smaller screens, we do not recommend this as there could be limitations to what you can view.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees
  • CPPE registrants