There have been numerous research studies that have attempted to identify and quantify the issue of inhaler technique errors. Inhaler technique remains a pressing issue for all people who require an inhaled medication delivered through an inhaler.
Dr Toby is a Consultant Pharmacist with an interest in respiratory medicine and is widely published in this area. He has a passion for teaching professionals and patients about inhaler techniques. He is affectionately known by many in the profession as the ‘Inhaler Jedi’.
It is in this context that we were very pleased to welcome Toby to conduct a concise masterclass on inhaler technique followed by a live question and answer session.
During this course he covers the following learning objectives:
- We will learn how to navigate the inhaler market.
- We will appreciate the importance of good inhaler technique & adherence on maximising asthma and COPD control.
- We will understand how to effectively use inhalers to maximise drug delivery to the lungs.
- We will understand the evidence behind how healthcare professionals can instruct patients on inhaler technique
- We will find out about the seven steps of inhaler technique.
- We will recognise how the whole pharmacy team can support people in using their inhalers more effectively.
About Dr Toby Capstick
After qualifying in 2000 Toby has had a number of hospital pharmacy jobs including roles in professional development and advanced clinical pharmacist in rheumatology. He currently works as an advanced clinical pharmacist in respiratory medicine in Leeds teaching hospitals NHS trust. In this role, he provides advanced and highly specialist pharmaceutical care to patients with respiratory diseases in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. I am an independent pharmacist prescriber at ward and clinic level. His current interests include asthma, COPD, tuberculosis, inhaler technique training, medicines optimisation and adherence.
His current role involves working in the Leeds Difficult Asthma Clinic, where he is currently researching the role and effectiveness of pharmacists across the primary and secondary care interface in improving asthma control and quality of life in patients with difficult asthma. He has worked with clinicians in the Leeds Tuberculosis clinic since 2007, where he promotes patient education and adherence to ensure that antituberculosis drugs are used effectively.
Previous research has centred around scoping problems concerning the availability of suitable drugs for treating tuberculosis and identifying measures to ensure consistent drug supplies with a multi-disciplinary working group. He has provided education to a wide range of healthcare professionals across primary and secondary care on a regional and national level on a range of subjects, included inhaler technique, asthma, COPD, pharmacology and tuberculosis. He has been chair of the UK Clinical Pharmacy association respiratory group since 2014.
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