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Pulmonary Rehab

Helping Lung Disease Patients After Hospitalisation

WRIGHT Foundation are the UK leader of specialist health and exercise training courses for health and exercise professionals in dealing with chronic health problems.

It is aimed at spreading throughout the UK, centres which can provide classes with instructors fully qualified to ensure the safety and well being of Pulmonary Sufferers in a community setting, such as leisure centres, clubs and the local community.

Exercise professionals will be trained in exercise techniques that can be used effectively with Pulmonary clients. The clients, who can suffer from a number of pulmonary conditions such as COPD, bronchitis, asthma or emphysema, are assisted through exercises that, when taken regularly under supervision, can make a significant difference. The exercises will enable the sufferer to lead a more normal life.

Mr Murdo Wallace, President and Founder of WRIGHT Foundation welcomed the new initiative. "This unique joint venture will mark a difference to the lives of Pulmonary sufferers in the UK. We look forward to bringing this new rehabilitation system to fitness/leisure centres around the UK and eventually across Europe through the WRIGHT Foundation."

WRIGHT Foundation is committed to benefiting health through proven exercise/activity interventions.

  • The Value of Pulmonary Rehab
    • The value of Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    • Pulmonary Rehabilitation in the UK
    • What are the components of Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
    • Who is suitable for Pulmonary Rehabilitation?
    • The patient/client group
    • Intervention and treatment
  • Dyspnoea (breathlessness)
    • Mechanics of Breathing
    • The effects of Pulmonary Disease on Respiration
    • Dealing with Breathlessness
  • Review of Anatomy and Physiology
    • Basic Respiratory System
    • The Physiology of Respiration
    • Control of Ventilation
    • Basic Anatomy of Circulation
  • Pathology and Systemic Effects of Pulmonary Disease and Co-morbidities
    • Pulmonary Disease
    • Comorbidities
    • Physiological Changes and Ageing
  • Diagnostics
    • Spirometry
    • Chest X Ray
    • CT Scan
    • Bronchoscopy
  • Assessment for Pulmonary Rehabilitation "in the community" Programmes
    • Assessment in a Clinical Setting
    • Assessment in a Community Setting
  • Treatment and Management of Pulmonary Disease
    • Medications
    • Delivery Systems
    • Oxygen Therapy
    • Other Interventions
    • Coping with Exacerbations of Pulmonary Disease
    • Overview of National Guidelines
  • Exercise Physiology
    • Lung Ventilation and Exercise
    • Muscle
    • Systemic Nature of Pulmonary Disease
    • Abnormal Nutrition and Weight Loss
    • Hormones and Weight Loss
    • Hormones and Growth Factors
    • Central Nervous System
  • Exercise Prescription
    • Exercise Intensity
    • Frequency
    • Duration
    • Method of Exercise
    • Monitoring Exercise
    • Point of Consideration
    • Progression
  • Risk Assessment and Emergency Planning
    • General
    • Cleanliness
    • Environmental
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Oxygen
  • Motivation and Lifestyle Management
    • Stages of Change
    • Communication Skills
    • Self Efficacy
  • Scheme Management
    • From Start to Finish
    • The Referral System
    • National Quality Assurance Framework Document
    • Register of Exercise Professionals Code of Ethical Practice



The most accurate way of differentiating between airway disorders and restrictive diseases. Candidates will perform spirometry to measure Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) and Forced Expiratory Volume (FEV1). Discussion of correct methodology to ensure accuracy and also hygiene protocols to meet statutory procedures.

Exercise Testing

Candidates will perform exercise test(s) appropriate to pulmonary patients such as :
  • 6 minute walk test
  • Incremental shuttle test
Candidates will also use supplementary tools such as the Borg Scale and Talk Test

Behavioural Management

Candidates will participate in a range of interviews using hypothetical patient profiles and spirometry graphs to discuss appropriate management.

Peak Flow Meter

Candidates will be made aware of the peak flow meter and its uses. Peak flow meters are used by patients to measure variation in lung performance and they are required to keep a diary for the treating clinician's reference. Pulmonary instructors should be aware of and encourage their clients to maintain their diaries.


The Course will be assessed in the following ways (all sections must be passed in order for the qualification to be awarded): ALL 3 days MUST be fully attended.

  • Multi-choice Exam relating to Pre-Course Reading (day 1 of course)
  • A Multiple Choice end off course exam question paper
  • Following the 3 day course you will be required to attend four x 2 hour sessions viewing Pulmonary Rehabilitation in a hospital over a maximum of five weeks
  • A Case Study Report to be completed and submitted no later than eight weeks after the course is finished
  • Pass mark is 70%


Candidates must have a REPS/SkillsActive Approved Level 3 Exercise Referral Qualification e.g. WRIGHT Foundation or EQUIVALENT

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