The National NCEPOD report: On the Right Trach? Revealed that over a quarter of hospitals managing patients with tracheostomy indicated that their staff had not received formal training in tracheostomy care and the management of blocked and displaced tubes.
This initiated the Rila Institute of Health Sciences, London to develop this Certification in the Management of the Altered Airway (Tracheostomy and Laryngectomy) to plug this gap in formal training in knowledge and skills.
Why education on Tracheostomy Care matters?
The NCEPOD report highlighted the importance of meticulous ongoing care of the tracheostomy patient. It also recommended that all staff, medical, nursing and allied healthcare professionals must have the competence and confidence to deal with ongoing routine care and common emergencies.
It also recognised the key role of multidisciplinary care pathways which ensure continuity of care across Critical Care, and ward clinicians, to facilitate decannulation and discharge planning.
Whom should consider registering for the Certification?
The programme is designed specifically for Healthcare Professionals, including Nurses, Speech & Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Surgeons (ENT, Max Fax.), Anaesthetists, Intensivists and Community Nurses, who are involved in caring for patients with a Tracheostomy or Laryngectomy.
The quality and standards are monitored by a core programme team overseen by a Clinical Programme Director.
Accreditation and Approvals
- Accredited by ENT-UK: 42 CPD hours
- Accredited by the AARC (American Association for Respiratory Care; CRCE: 42 CME hours)
- Accredited by the Difficult Airway Society (UK)
- Approved by the British Laryngological Association
Support from Smiths Medical enables participants to apply for a bursary to offset a proportion of the programme fees (subject to terms and conditions).