Respiratory Education to Support Professionals through eLearning

RESPe is a free, interactive, e-learning resource which provides a basic knowledge of common respiratory conditions. The aim of the resource is to improve patient/client care by increasing the knowledge and skills of any member of health and social care staff working with people living with respiratory conditions in health, social or private care settings.

Intended users are:

  • Staff and students who are new to working with respiratory patients/clients.
  • Staff who wish to refresh or extend existing respiratory knowledge.
  • Staff who have a mixed caseload which  includes some respiratory patients/clients.
  • Staff working in the private sector who have limited access to specific respiratory training.

RESPe has been developed in collaboration with NHS Scotland respiratory clinicians, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland and the University of Edinburgh Digital Learning Applications & Media team as part of our e-learning for chest, heart and stroke conditions. RESPe was funded by the Scottish Government and aligns with the National Clinical Strategy for Scotland, Realistic Medicine and is supported by the National Advisory Group for Respiratory MCNs and Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland No Life Half Lived strategy.

Anatomy and Physiology

In this section you will see interactive anatomical diagrams which show the structures within the lungs from the mouth and nose down to the smallest vessels. The chest wall and the muscles involved in breathing.

Assessment and common lung diseases

In this section you will learn about what happens during a basic respiratory assessment. Even if you are not familiar with some of the terms these will be explained. This will help you to observe your patients/clients for any changes in their respiratory health and know what to do next.


In this section you will learn about the treatment options for lung diseases. This includes prescribed treatment such as medication, inhalers and oxygen therapy and therapeutic treatments such as Pulmonary Rehabilitation, cough control and psychological strategies.


In this section you will learn about some of the community resources and ways to help your patients/clients to live as full a life as possible with their long term respiratory condition. You will see information about the needs of carers and get tips on how to use supported self-management. The section also includes information about care at end of life.