Work began on the Respiratory Health and Well-being Service Framework (RHWSF) in the spring of 2007. It became clear that the emerging standards would require mapping for the nursing workforce, to assess their skills and competencies against those required to deliver the standards, in order to plan appropriate learning and development.

It was at this stage that Dr Carolyn Harper (Former Chair, RHWSF Steering Group) invited NIPEC to facilitate and assist the nursing group within respiratory care Northern Ireland in this piece of work.

During initial discussions it was decided that a project concentrating on Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Management and Care, would be of most benefit to deliver within an achievable time frame.

The aim of this project was to produce a Learning and Development Strategy for nursing and relating competency framework to support the implementation of the Asthma and COPD Respiratory Service Framework standards.

To assist with the production of the Learning and Development Strategy a project manager was appointed in January 2008. Sara Rafferty, a Respiratory Nurse Specialist in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, took up post in February 2008, working with NIPEC on a part-time basis to manage the progress of the project.

A Steering Group was convened on 25 January 2008 and a project approach agreed. Click here for Membership & Minutes.

To view the documents produced through the project, please click here

View the Final Project Report.

Go to Respiratory Project documents

Contact Information

Angela Reed
Senior Professional Officer
Tel: 0300 300 0066

Respiratory Steering Group