Key Facts

Module Title: Paediatric Respiratory Medicine: Asthma and Allergy
Mode of Study:This module can be taken independently or as part of the Masters in Medical Science
Contact Details:Sophie Gibbons - 01782 734933
Contact email:s.gibbons@keele.ac.uk
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Fees: Click for details

Expert faculty will deliver teaching on invaluable topics including practice advice on how to diagnose, treat and manage children with asthma and allergic disease.  The faculty include subject experts with decades of combined practical experience and those who develop and publish national guidance.

By combining face to face teaching with guided study and assessments the learners will increase their skills and confidence in managing children with asthma, allergy and related conditions.  This is suitable for health professionals at all stages of training and will provide the knowledge base required to provide expert care for children with asthma and common allergies.

The module content develops the students’ knowledge of the diagnosis and management of atopic diseases of childhood including developing critical thinking concerning the management of children with asthma, eczema, allergic rhinitis or food allergies.
 
It will require reflection on the literature, existing experience and in particular the patient narrative.
 
Students will amass the necessary skills in paediatric practice for the evaluation of current therapeutic treatment and the steps necessary to carry out research or quality improvement projects in this field, including clinical audit and clinical trial procedures. 
 
Directed learning will be given to cover the current approaches used in patient management.
This module requires previous training/experience within a relevant health profession and is suitable for doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and allied health professionals.
 
Students do not need to be in current clinical practice. Eligibility for registration onto the module is at the discretion of the module leader.

Guided independent study:

Participants will be guided through the important literature and asked to focus on literature which offers practical advice for management: 60 hours

Reflection on learning: 2 hours

 

Preparation of Report: 36 hours

Preparation of Essay including revisions as required in response to feedback: 36 hours

Lectures: 8 hours (1 full day)

Workshops: 8 hours (1 full day)

Expert faculty will deliver teaching on invaluable topics including practice advice on how to diagnose, treat and manage children with asthma and allergic disease.

By combining face to face teaching with guided study and assessments the learners will increase their skills and confidence in managing children with asthma, allergy and related conditions. 

 

Assessment 1

Written report (maximum 2000 words). 

A case report of a child referred with possible diagnosis of asthma following the patient and family journey through the healthcare system focusing on patient experience, diagnosis, multidisciplinary management, morbidity and outcome.

Assessed skills will include, evaluation of the underpinning principles and methods used for diagnosis and management of asthma, justification of decision making in the application of different treatment modalities used for treatment e.g. biologic, oral steroids, use of electronic adherence monitors, role of the home visit, role of lung function testing. Demonstration of the ability to reflect on practice and take account of patient experience.

To ensure inclusivity, for those not in clinical practice, the faculty will make case histories with detailed narrative available. There are video resources already available for this which have been professionally developed by the module lead.

 

Assessment 2

Essay (maximum 2000 words)

An essay describing the procedures that should be followed and background information required to establish a diagnosis of allergy and the potential for therapeutic intervention: discussing critically the existence of overlap syndromes and the impact of allergy on the child and family. This should include background information on the role of the while multidisciplinary team. The essay should refer to research, comparing and contrasting the evidence from published research with current national and international guidelines and observed clinical practice.