• Level 2
  • 3 Hours Duration
  • 1 Year Certificate

Catheter Care Training

This catheter care training course is aimed at care staff responsible for the day to day care and welfare of individuals who have a catheter in situ.

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This catheter care training course is aimed at care staff responsible for the day to day care and welfare of individuals who have a catheter in situ.

The course aims to improve delegates knowledge of urinary catheterisation and the associated risks and their roles and responsibilities.

It will teach delegates how to correctly handle, empty and change catheter bags and how to maintain effective infection control.

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Course Summary

  • Define and identify the different types of catheters.
  • Discuss and locate relevant anatomical landmarks.
  • Explain and demonstrate proper hand hygiene and infection control measures.
  • Identify common complications and describe their management.
  • Discuss basic maintenance care of the catheter including equipment and documentation.

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    Where Do You Deliver The Catheter Care Training?

    We can deliver this training at your premises, as long as it's within the UK. Also, we have our own venues in Stoke on Trent, London, Swindon, Epsom & York if you need access to a training room (additional charges will apply). We can also deliver this training virtually using Zoom. However, sessions delivered via Zoom will be theory only and will not include any practicals.

    How long will the Catheter Care training last?

    This training will last 2-3 hours. We give a range of time to account for variable factors such as; underlying knowledge and competence of delegates, class interaction and engagement and reduced delegate numbers. In addition, if a course finishes earlier than the allotted time, it will be due to one of these reasons. However, our trainer will ensure that all learning outcomes have been met.

    Will attending this Catheter Care training make me competent?

    In short, no. No classroom-based training course can give you full competency - be very wary of anyone claiming they can. Our classroom-based assessments are designed to bridge the gap between classroom learning and workplace competency. We will be sure to provide you with the relevant workbooks and competency proformas to be observed and signed off within the workplace according to your local policy.

Catheter Care Training

Catheter care training equips you with the knowledge and skills to properly maintain and care for an indwelling urinary catheter. This course is aimed at care staff responsible for the day to day care and welfare of individuals who have a catheter in situ.

It helps both patients with catheters and their caregivers. Patients and caregivers can learn to handle the catheter at home, while healthcare workers gain useful skills to assist patients in hospitals.

The course will teach people about urinary catheters, their risks, and what they need to do. It will show them how to handle, empty, and change catheter bags properly, as well as how to prevent infections.

This course focused on the care of catheters only, for the actual procedure, please check our Catheterisation Training for nurses.

  • Course Duration: 2- 3 hours
  • Course Level: Level 2
  • Certificate: 1-year certificate
  • Max Delegates: 12
  • Practical: Yes

Key Skills Learned:

  • Cleaning and hygiene:
    • Proper cleaning methods for the catheter insertion site to prevent infection.
    • Changing bags and keeping space sterile.
    • Spotting signs of infection and what to do about them.
  • Troubleshooting:
    • Finding common catheter issues like leaks or blockages.
    • Learning simple steps to fix small problems.
  • General care:
    • Knowing about different catheters and how to care for them.
    • Storing and getting rid of catheter supplies safely.
    • Keeping the area around the catheter comfortable and avoiding skin problems.


Course Format:

  • In-Person Classes.
  • Practical Activities.
  • Tests and Questions.
  • Certificate.
  • No Need for Anything Before.


Course Module:

Module 1: Introduction to Catheter Care

This part is like the starting point for learning about catheter care. You will learn about different types of catheters and why they are important. We will talk about how taking care of catheters is a big deal in healthcare, especially for patients who need them.

Lesson 1.1: Overview of Catheters

In this lesson, we will explore the diverse range of catheters and their specific purposes. Attendees will learn to differentiate between types such as urinary catheters, central venous catheters, and more. Understanding the distinctions between these devices is crucial for effective care.

    • Define the purpose and types of catheters
    • Discuss the importance of catheter care

Lesson 1.2: Anatomy and Catheter Placement

To take care of a catheter properly, it’s crucial to put it in the right place. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to find the right spots on the body to put the catheter in. Understanding this is super important to avoid problems and make sure the patient feels okay.

    • Identify relevant anatomical landmarks for catheter insertion
    • Understand the correct placement of catheters

Module 2: Infection Control and Hand Hygiene

Module 2 is dedicated to infection control measures, an integral aspect of catheter care. Attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of how to maintain a sterile environment and prevent infections.

Lesson 2.1: Hand Hygiene Best Practices

In this lesson, we’ll talk about how washing your hands can stop infections. You’ll learn the right way to wash your hands when taking care of catheters. This will help you keep germs from spreading.

    • Explain the importance of hand hygiene in catheter care.
    • Demonstrate proper handwashing techniques.

Lesson 2.2: Infection Control Measures

In this lesson, we’ll talk about how to stop infections when taking care of catheters. You’ll learn when and how to wear special gear called personal protective equipment (PPE). By the end, you’ll know how to keep both yourself and your patients safe.

    • Describe infection control protocols specific to catheter care.
    • Discuss the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Module 3: Catheter Complications and Management

Module 3 focuses on identifying, managing, and preventing common complications associated with catheters.

Lesson 3.1: Common Complications

Attendees will gain insights into complications that can arise during catheter use. This includes issues like infections, blockages, and dislodgements. Understanding these complications is vital for prompt intervention.

    • Identify and define common catheter-related complications.
    • Understand the signs and symptoms of complications.

Lesson 3.2: Complication Management

Building on the knowledge from the previous lesson, participants will explore the steps to take when complications occur. Attendees will also learn about proactive measures to minimise the risk of complications, ensuring the best possible patient outcomes.

    • Explain the steps to take when complications arise.
    • Discuss strategies for prevention.

Module 4: Catheter Maintenance and Documentation

The final module focuses on the practical aspects of catheter care, including equipment handling and maintaining accurate records.

Lesson 4.1: Catheter Care Equipment

This lesson will introduce attendees to the essential equipment used in catheter care. Hands-on training will be provided on how to handle and maintain these tools properly. Proper equipment usage is crucial for patient comfort and safety.

    • List and describe essential equipment for catheter care.
    • Demonstrate proper equipment handling.

Lesson 4.2: Documentation and Record-Keeping

In this lesson, we’ll talk about why it is important to write things down correctly. You’ll learn what information to write down when taking care of catheters. This helps make sure everything is done the right way according to the rules.

    • Explain the importance of accurate documentation in catheter care.
    • Discuss the elements of catheter care documentation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understanding the different types of catheters: indwelling, intermittent, and
  2. Familiarity with the anatomy relevant to catheter
  3. Knowledge of infection control protocols in catheter
  4. Recognising complications and knowing the appropriate

Knowledge of essential catheter care maintenance, including documentation.


Some of our website visitors also bought catheterisation online training and check other clinical online courses.

Note that online clinical trainings don’t have hands-on experience.

Who can attend the training course:

The Catheter Care training course specifically targets care staff responsible for the day-to-day care of individuals with urinary catheters.

This includes caregivers in various healthcare settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and home care. The list of people who should attend a catheter care training and refresher training will be:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Medical Practitioners
  • Allied Healthcare Professionals
  • Nursing Students
  • Anyone involved in catheter care


Difference Between Catheter Training and Catheterisation Training

Catheter Training:

This training helps you learn how to keep a urinary catheter clean and hygienic.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Clean where the catheter goes into the body
  • Empty and look after the bag that collects urine
  • Spot and prevent infections
  • Fix common problems with catheters

Target audience for catheter care training will be: Patients, caregivers, and some healthcare professionals

Catheterisation Training:

This training is about putting in and taking out a urinary catheter. It is for nurses and doctors who need to do this procedure.

You’ll learn:

  • How to keep everything clean and sterile
  • The steps for putting in and choosing the right catheter
  • What problems might happen when catheterising.

Target audience for catheterisation training will be: Healthcare professionals (nurses, doctors).

Both courses are part of the face to face clinical training we offer within the UK.

Catheter Care Training Benefits:

Benefits for Patients:

  1. Better Health: Taking care of catheters lowers the chance of getting urinary tract infections (UTIs), which can be painful and cause serious health problems.
  2. Less Discomfort: Learning how to clean properly helps prevent sore skin around where the catheter goes in.
  3. Feeling More Confident: Training helps patients manage their catheters better, so they feel more in control of their daily lives.
  4. Less Stress: Knowing about catheter care and spotting problems early can make patients less worried.

Benefits for Healthcare Providers:

  1. Better Results: Making sure patients know how to care for their catheters means fewer problems and better outcomes.
  2. Happier Patients: Patients who can handle their catheters well are usually happier with their care.
  3. Fewer Hospital Visits: Good catheter care can stop UTIs and other problems, so patients don’t need to go back to the hospital as often.
  4. Saving Time and Money: With fewer problems, healthcare providers can spend more time on other things and use resources better.

Overall, catheter care training helps patients understand better, makes them feel more confident, and makes healthcare work better for everyone.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs Cont.)

Q: Who will conduct the training?

A: One of our expert clinical tutors. These are either Nurses or Doctors with abundant clinical and complex care experience and knowledge – so you’ll be in great hands! We will let you know who is doing the training in advance. You can check out their skills and experience by finding them on our meet the team page.

Q: What equipment will you use for training?

A: We have a variety of different training equipment and tools available. The training will be relevant and transferable. However, if you have a specific requirement for a particular type of equipment, please make this clear during the booking process, and the team will ensure this is provided.

Alternatively, we can use your own equipment for training.

Q: Is certification required for catheter care training?

Answer: Healthcare professionals who perform catheter care often recommend certification to ensure compliance with industry standards. However, the requirement for certification may vary by healthcare facility and local regulations. Many healthcare institutions encourage or require certification for catheter care.

Q: How often should catheter care training be refreshed or renewed?

Answer: Refresher training for catheter care is advisable to keep healthcare professionals up-to-date with best practices and any changes in guidelines. Healthcare professionals typically recommend refreshing courses every one to two years to maintain competence and stay current with evolving healthcare practices, but the frequency may vary

Q: Do you have to be trained to insert a catheter?

Putting in a catheter is a medical job that needs special training.

Here is why:

  • Cleanliness: Catheters go into a clean area of the body. Doing it wrong can bring in germs and cause infections. Training shows how to keep everything clean to lower this risk.
  • Knowing the Body: The urinary system is delicate. Knowing how it works helps put the catheter in the right place without hurting anything. Training teaches all about the urinary system to do it safely.
  • Possible Problems: Sometimes, putting in a catheter can cause problems like bleeding or blockages. Training helps spot and fix these problems if they happen.
  • Patient Comfort: Putting in a catheter can be uncomfortable. Training shows ways to make it less uncomfortable and smoother for the patient.

Q:  Do you need certification to insert a catheter?

A: Yes, in most cases, you need to be a certified healthcare professional, such as a registered nurse or a trained medical practitioner, to insert a catheter. Ensuring safe and correct catheter insertion requires specialised knowledge and skills. Certification and training are essential to meet healthcare standards and provide quality care to patients.

Q: Is catheter care considered skilled nursing?

A: Yes, healthcare professionals consider catheter care a skilled nursing procedure. Skilled nursing involves specialised medical care provided by trained healthcare professionals. Catheter care includes tasks like catheter insertion, maintenance, infection prevention, and complication management. These tasks require specific skills and knowledge, making them a part of skilled nursing care.

Q: How long does catheter training typically last?

A: The duration of catheter training can vary depending on the specific training program and the level of certification required. Typically, catheter training can range from a few hours for basic catheter care to several days for comprehensive catheter care certification. The duration may also depend on the prior experience and qualifications of the trainee. Our Catheter Care Level 2 Training can be completed in 3 hours.

Q: Who is allowed to insert a catheter?

A: Trained healthcare professionals, such as doctors, nurses, or certified healthcare assistants, typically insert catheters. These individuals have the necessary knowledge and skills to perform catheterisation safely and effectively.

Who is responsible for catheter care?

Taking care of catheters is a job for the whole healthcare team. That means doctors, nurses, assistants, and anyone else looking after the patient. Everyone has a part in making sure catheters are looked after well, checked properly, and kept clean to stop problems and keep the patient safe.

Q: What are the steps in catheter care?

A: Main steps are:

  • Inserting the catheter properly,
  • Keeping the area clean,
  • Securing the tubes,
  • Emptying and changing bags,
  • Checking for infection or blockages, and
  • Removing catheters safely.

Q: What are 5 responsibilities of caregivers regards catheter care?

Caregivers have a wide range of responsibilities, including:

  1. Helping with daily tasks: Assisting patients with things like washing, getting dressed, and eating.
  2. Being there emotionally: Giving patients company and listening to them.
  3. Keeping an eye on health: Watching for any changes in the patient’s condition and telling someone if there’s a problem.
  4. Doing what the healthcare team says: Following the care plan and doing the tasks they’ve been asked to do.
  5. Keeping things safe: Making sure where the patient lives is clean, safe, and good for their health.

Q: Can caregivers empty catheter bags?

Yes, caregivers can empty catheter bags as long as they are properly trained on hygiene procedures. This involves washing hands thoroughly before and after handling the bag and drainage tube. The most important part of catheter care is keeping things clean. It’s vital to clean where the catheter goes in and handle the bag carefully to avoid infections. Also, watching out for problems and making sure the patient drinks enough water are important for keeping them healthy.

Q: How do you care for a patient with a catheter?

Caring for someone with a catheter means keeping things clean, watching for problems, and talking to a doctor or nurse:

  • Cleanliness: Use mild soap and warm water to clean around where the catheter goes in, following the nurse’s instructions.
  • Checking: Keep an eye out for any signs of infection, leaks, or skin irritation. Also, look at the urine in the bag to see if it looks normal.
  • Communicate: If you notice anything unusual or the patient is uncomfortable, let a doctor or nurse know right away.

Q: What is bladder training with foley catheter?

Bladder training with a Foley catheter is not usually the best way to handle bladder control problems.

Explaining details:

  • Foley Catheter: A thin tube put into the bladder through the urethra to drain urine into a bag.
  • Bladder Training: A method to teach the bladder to hold urine longer and control when to pee.

Why bladder training with foley catheter may not be recommended?

Although it might seem sensible, using a Foley catheter for bladder training has some issues:

  1. Higher Infection Risk: Having a foreign object like a catheter in the bladder raises the chance of urinary tract infections (UTIs) according to papers published by Sumin Ma et al in NIH Journal and  Urology Orginal research.
  2. Muscle Disuse: Since urine keeps flowing through the catheter, the bladder muscles don’t get stronger and regain control.
  3. Discomfort and Irritation: Foley catheters can make the urethra feel uncomfortable and irritated, making them not ideal for training.

Other Ways to Train Your Bladder:

Instead of using a Foley catheter, health experts may decide on these methods for better results and comfort:

  1. Double Peeing: Empty your bladder fully twice each time you go to the loo.
  2. Timed Peeing: Visit the bathroom regularly, even if you don’t feel a strong urge.
  3. Pelvic Floor Workouts (Kegels): Strengthen the muscles that control urination.
  4. Biofeedback: Use a device to track and improve bladder muscle control.
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