Introducing the harmonised respiratory physiotherapy curriculum

13 June, 2019

The European Respiratory Society’s (ERS) respiratory physiotherapy task force has developed a new harmonised postgraduate curriculum for respiratory physiotherapy training.

The rationale, methodology and content of the ERS respiratory physiotherapy curriculum are described in detail in an article published in Breathe, the open-access clinical educational publication from ERS.

The curriculum is designed to build upon the core syllabus for postgraduate training in respiratory physiotherapy (originally published in 2014), and outlines the knowledge, skills and attitudes that must be mastered by a respiratory physiotherapist working with adult or paediatric patients, together with guidance for minimal clinical exposures, and forms of learning and assessment.

The article states that the curriculum provides a modular framework for international training in respiratory physiotherapy, and details how it contains the elements around which an E-portfolio can be built, as well as setting a benchmark for endorsement of educational opportunities.