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Improving the quality of spirometry

An occupational health perspective


Paul Nicholson, Diane Romano-Woodward and Paul Cullinan explore the background to the development of a national register of spirometry-accredited practitioners, discuss the unique role of spirometry in the occupational setting and advocate specialty-specific guidance.

Many readers will be aware that in 2016 NHS England, in conjunction with other bodies including the Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology (ARTP), published a document outlining a national registry for practitioners performing spirometry. It defined how healthcare professionals performing diagnostic spirometry and/or interpreting results should be trained and assessed by approved providers in order that they may be certified to join and subsequently remain on the national register of spirometry-accredited practitioners. Full implementation is expected to be delivered by 31 March 2021….


Paul Nicholson, Paul Cullinan and Diane Romano-Woodward were authors of the BOHRF evidence-based guidelines for the prevention, identification and management of occupational asthma.
Paul Nicholson is an occupational physician and a past president of the Society of Occupational Medicine. He was also the Faculty of Occupational Medicine clinical lead for the development of SEQOHS and chair of the BMA Occupational Medicine Committee.

Diane Romano-Woodward is an occupational health adviser, specialist community public health nurse, Queen’s Nurse and president of the Faculty of Occupational Health Nursing. She is also a past president of the Association of Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners (UK).
Paul Cullinan is professor in occupational and environmental respiratory disease at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London and honorary consultant physician in respiratory medicine at Royal Brompton Hospital, London.


Author: Nicholson P, Romano-Woodward D, Cullinan P


Occupational Health at Work April/May 2020 (vol. 16/6) pp24-29

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