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UCC launches asthma management programme

9 Nov 2018
Jon Barbour, Head of Medical Affairs GSK; Helen Whelton, Head of College of Medicine and Health, UCC; Prof. Stephen Byrne, Head of School of Pharmacy, UCC; Sarah O’Connor, CEO, Asthma Society of Ireland and Dr Tanya Mulcahy, National Manager, Health Innovation Hub Ireland.

A new online CPD asthma management programme has been launched at UCC.

The course was developed by the the School of Pharmacy and the Department of Physiotherapy at UCC in collaboration with the Physiotherapy Department of University Hospital Kerry, the Asthma Society of Ireland and Health Innovation Hub Ireland and supported by Glaxo Smithkline.

The course incorporates novel flexible learning software to provide physiotherapists, pharmacists and all healthcare professionals with up-to-date knowledge on the causes and treatment strategies of asthma. It will enable physiotherapists and pharmacists to optimise patient welfare. They will also be provided with tools to empower patients to manage their own conditions.  


Professor Stephen Byrne, Chair in Clinical Pharmacy Practice, and Head of the School of Pharmacy in UCC said “that the asthma programme will be successful due to the combined interprofessional efforts taken in the design and development of materials which are patient-centric in nature. The importance of having collaborated with the Asthma Society will further enhance the adaption of this material across all healthcare professionals."


“This free online CPD accredited module will enable community pharmacists all over the country to remotely access up to date information on the diagnosis, treatment and management of asthma. Optimal asthma management is essential to prevent attacks and GSK is committed to helping those with the condition do more, feel better and live longer,” said a GSK spokesperson. 


CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland, Sarah O’Connor said, “There are 470,000 people with asthma in Ireland – we have the fourth highest prevalence of asthma in the world, where one in five children and one in ten adults have asthma. We aim to help people with asthma to live a full life, symptom free and this course will assist pharmacists and other healthcare professionals in their work to support people with asthma. We want to eliminate asthma deaths and we believe that pharmacists can play a key role in achieving that." 

To find out more about the Asthma Management programme, click here.

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For more information please contact Tara O’Leary, Communications, College of Medicine and Health (CoMH) UCC on 0858077849 or email

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