Inhaler technique

Are you using your inhaler correctly?

The Nottingham City CCG Inhaler Technique Project, launched in May 2013, is a two-year programme to help patients who use inhalers reduce the symptoms of their asthma or chronic obstructive respiratory disease (COPD).

The aim is to ensure all healthcare professionals can teach inhaler technique to patients and that every patient is helped to improve their technique at every opportunity.

Research has shown that a high percentage of patients don't use their inhalers properly. Correct inhaler technique is crucial – when used effectively, 20 per cent of the medication reaches the lungs (the other 80 per cent is swallowed); with a poor technique that drops to between 0 and 10 per cent.

A dedicated training programme for health professionals is underway so that they are better able to train and support their patients.

Materials for patients

Inhaler techniquePosters have been produced for display in GP practices and community pharmacies to encourage patients to have their inhaler technique checked by a trained healthcare professional.

The project team has also developed a series of ‘how to’ films for patients:

Each film has subtitles in Polish, Czechoslovakian, Mandarin, Punjabi and Urdu. Click the 'read more' link below to view the subtitled films on YouTube.

Cards are also available to signpost patients to the right film for the type of inhaler that they use. This will help them find it easily when they need to refresh their memory and check they are using their inhaler correctly.

Read more: Materials for patients

Contact us

For more information contact Caroline Brew, Project Facilitator, on 0115 883 9388 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .