The Association for Respiratory Technology & Physiology (ARTP), through standards of training and quality assurance, are the professional guardians of physiological measurement issues in respiratory medicine in the UK. With over 35 years of experience in the design and delivery of lung function services, ARTP provides the only national, professionally recognised, qualifications in Respiratory Function Testing and Spirometry in the UK.
ARTP also recommends standards for the design and delivery of lung function services through position papers from ARTP Working Groups on the structure, function and content of lung function facilities in the UK.
An important function of the ARTP is the provision of opportunities for Continuing Professional Development. The ARTP organises meetings and courses on many respiratory topics.
Nationally ARTP informs and influences major organisations about the delivery of lung function services. Furthermore, ARTP links with equivalent national organisations around the world to deliver global standards in respiratory healthcare involving respiratory technology and physiology.
The Association works in conjunction with the British Thoracic Society to produce national guidelines and standards for good practice in the performance of respiratory measurement. It works closely with the Department of Health in formulating policy and in the strategic direction of the profession.
The ARTP hosts the multi-disciplinary Sleep Apnoea Consortium and in ARTP now has a section for sleep practitioners.
The Association is a founder member of the Conference of Clinical Scientists Organisation, the Institute of Physiological Sciences and the Federation of Healthcare Scientists. There is also closely involved with Assembly 9 of the European Respiratory Society.
To advance for the public benefit the service and practice of Respiratory Physiology and allied subjects by;
a) Delivering and promoting education and training programmes to ensure competence to practice.
b) Establishing relevant standards of practice
c) promoting audit and research
d) Promoting advances in diagnostic, treatment and care of patients with respiratory disease.
e) Communicating with all stakeholders
f) Representing the interests of practitioners at all levels