The aim of the Spirometry HERMES project is to train health professionals to produce high quality spirometry tests and award the European Spirometry Driving Licence.
The training programme is aimed at all healthcare professionals who require a comprehensive understanding and the basic skills in spirometry practice and wish to become practically competent in the performance of spirometry.
Needs analysis, surveys, definition of project structure
A survey was conducted in 2008 and followed up in 2012 to investigate spirometry training programmes. Results confirmed a clear lack of training opportunities with most training taking place on the job.
- Analysis of preliminary online survey 2008
- Spirometry training practices in Europe, online survey 2012
Development of a Training Programme
To reach competence, participants will be required to complete three distinct parts
- HERMES European Spirometry Driving Licence Breathe Publication
Development of Guidelines for CertificationThese guidelines offer course directors a structured programme and process on the essential specifications required to deliver a high quality spirometry programme and to prepare participants to take the assessments and be awarded the ERS Spirometry Driving Licence Level I and Level II.For spirometry trainers who agree to follow the guidelines and complete the application form according to the guidelines, ERS will endorse the educational programme and certify participants who successfully pass each assessment phase.
Development of Educational MaterialsEducational material packages for the delivery of the spirometry training programmes will be available for all those who complete the spirometry train-the-trainer.These educational materials include PowerPoint slides, videos, case-based discussions, and online modules.
Development of Assessment Criteria
Participants will be required to complete 3 assessments
Successful participants will be awarded the ERS Spirometry Driving Licence Level I and Level II
- Online MCQ knowledge test
- A spirometry workbook including calibration logs and spirometry tests
- Practical skills assessment to test a participants competence