• Level 2
  • 3 Hours Duration
  • 1 Year Certificate

Stoma Care Training

This stoma care training course aims to teach staff the theoretical and practical knowledge so they feel comfortable and competent working around a stoma.

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This stoma care training course aims to teach staff the theoretical and practical knowledge so they feel comfortable and competent working around a stoma.

The course will teach delegates the correct technique and methods of changing a stoma bag, as well as giving them examples of the different types of stoma bags.

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Course Summary

  • What is a Stoma: Define Stoma and explain its purpose.​
  • Reasons for having a Stoma: List common medical conditions that may require a Stoma.​
  • Risks associated with a Stoma: Identify potential complications and how to reduce them.​
  • Anatomy: Describe the anatomy relevant to Stoma care.​
  • Different types of Stomas: Differentiate between various Stoma types.​
  • Infection Control: Apply infection control measures in Stoma care.​
  • Stoma Appliances: Understand and demonstrate the use of different Stoma appliances and emptying and changing process.​
  • Troubleshooting: Identify and resolve common Stoma care issues.​
  • Documentation: Emphasise accurate and timely documentation in Stoma care.​
  • Person-Centered Care: Discuss and implement person-centered care principles in Stoma management.​

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    Where Do You Deliver The Stoma 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 the Midlands if you don't have access to a training room. In addition, we are also able to deliver this training virtually using Zoom (Zoom sessions for this course will only be available for Theory only sessions)

    Who Is This Stoma Care Training For?

    This training is for anyone working within the health and social care sector.

    How Many Delegates Can I Have On One Session?

    We will deliver this training for a group of up to 12 delegates. Similarly, for larger groups we can either provide multiple trainers on the same day or run multiple days to get everyone trained.

    Will Attending This 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. However, our classroom-based assessments are designed to bridge the gap between classroom learning and workplace competency, we will provide you with the relevant workbooks and competency pro-formas to be observed and signed off within the workplace according to your local policy. We have put together this handy blog and video content to explain how this works - click here to read.

    Who Will Conduct The Training?

    One of our expert clinical tutors, these are either Nurses or Doctors with an abundance of clinical and complex care experience and knowledge - so you'll be in great hands! Furthermore, 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.

Stoma Care Training

This training course teaches staff both theory and hands-on skills for working with stomas. It covers changing stoma bags correctly and shows examples of different types of bags. We emphasize the importance of infection control and respecting the privacy, dignity, and needs of the patient.

Suitable for all care staff levels including nurses.

Around 1 in every 335 people in the UK has a stoma, representing a major community with diverse needs. Stomas are often made for issues like colorectal cancer, bladder cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and difficulties with bowel control when regular bathroom use is difficult. Each has its own features and care needs.

Stoma care includes:

  • Looking after the stoma and skin nearby
  • Choosing, adjusting, and swapping stoma bags and extras
  • Stopping and treating possible problems
  • Helping with diet and lifestyle changes
  • Teaching and encouraging patients.

How Stomas Affect Patients:

Living with a stoma is a big change for patients.

It affects many parts of their lives, like sleep, food, what they wear, and how they feel.

Carers and Nurses need to learn a lot to support people needing help


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

Course Summary

This course helps you learn how to care for stomas safely and apply concepts of dignity and respect. You’ll learn about stoma anatomy, equipment, techniques, and best practices through face to face lessons and practical sessions.

Our Stoma Care Training module is designed to help you understand how to care for individuals with stomas. You will learn about the importance of stoma care, how to prevent infections, why someone may need a stoma, what to do if complications arise, how to fit and remove stoma bags, the importance of privacy and respect, and the importance of keeping accurate records.

Through fun and interactive Stoma Care training sessions, you will gain the knowledge and skills to provide caring and effective stoma care. Join this course to make a difference in the lives of people with stomas and improve your healthcare abilities.


Course Outline on Stoma Care:

Our stoma care training course covers essential topics to ensure you have the knowledge and skills to provide effective care for individuals with stomas. The course outline emphasizes the significance of stoma care in patient well-being.

  1. What is a Stoma:
    • Explain Stoma: Understand what a Stoma is – it’s a hole in your body to let waste out.
    • Why it’s made: Learn why senior health workers make Stomas and how they help with certain health problems.
  2. Reasons for having a Stoma:
    • Why people need them: Find out which health issues might need a Stoma, like cancer or tummy troubles.
  3. Risks associated with a Stoma:
    • What might go wrong: Know the problems that can happen with a Stoma and how to stop them.
    • How to stop them: Learn ways to keep Stomas safe and healthy.
  4. Anatomy:
    • Body bits: Know the body parts involved in Stoma care, like your gut and bladder.
  5. Different types of Stomas:
    • Different kinds: Understand the different types of Stomas, like ones for your tummy or pee.
  6. Infection Control:
    • Stop germs: Learn how to keep things clean to avoid getting sick around your Stoma.
  7. Stoma Appliances:
    • Stoma stuff: Get to know the things you use to take care of your Stoma and how to use them.
  8. Troubleshooting:
    • Fixing problems: Learn how to deal with common Stoma issues, like leaks or pain.
  9. Documentation:
    • Writing things down: Understand why it’s important to write down what happens with your Stoma and how you take care of it.
  10. Person-Centred Care:
    • Caring for you: Find out how to make sure you’re comfortable and happy while taking care of your Stoma.


What you’ll learn when you attend:

  • What’s a stoma? We’ll explain what it is, why it’s needed, and different types.
  • Why people get stomas: We’ll talk about health conditions that lead to stoma surgery.
  • Staying safe: Learn about potential challenges and how to prevent them.
  • Your body inside and out: Understand the key parts involved in stoma care.
  • Choosing the right pouch: Discover different types and how to find the perfect fit.
  • Keeping things clean: Learn proper handwashing, changing techniques, and skincare tips.
  • Dealing with hiccups: We’ll help you tackle leaks, bleeding, and pain.
  • Keeping track: Learn how to record your stoma’s health and care plan.
  • Care that respects you: We’ll emphasize dignity, privacy, and education throughout your journey.

Learning Goals:

By the end of the Stoma care course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Describe how stomas work.
  2. Identify and manage stoma issues.
  3. Fit and change stoma gear correctly.
  4. Provide tailored care for each patient.
  5. Keep accurate stoma care records.
  6. Follow best practices in stoma care.
  7. Communicate effectively with stoma patients.

Who is our Stoma Care Course Designed for?

This course is designed for nurses, healthcare assistants, and other professionals involved in caring for patients with stomas including:

  • Hospital/community nurses
  • Nursing home and care home staff
  • Home health aides
  • Stoma specialists
  • Pre and post-surgery nurses
  • Continence specialists
  • ER and ward nurses
  • Private duty and agency nurses

About Our Stoma Care Trainers

Our stoma care courses are taught by experienced Registered Nurses who specialise in ostomy care and other clinical courses.

Our teachers have many years of hands-on experience providing stoma care across healthcare settings.

They stay updated on the latest best practices through continued learning and professional growth. Their passion is sharing their extensive knowledge to help other nurses excel at stoma management. They have helped lots of nurses in getting better at checking stomas and thinking carefully about which tool to use and how to solve problems.

During our workshops, trainers like Ben (over 16 years of experience) and other skilled teachers in stoma care provide practical help and group talks.

They know how to address challenges and offer helpful solutions.

Our teachers are committed to helping nurses and improving the lives of ostomy patients. They share their knowledge in a friendly and engaging way.

Why Attend This Course?

As a healthcare provider, you can better fulfil your duty of care towards ostomates through dedicated stoma care training that:

  • Equips you with the skills to correctly handle procedures
  • Builds knowledge to prevent and address complications
  • Allows you to understand the patient experience
  • Gives you confidence providing specialized care
  • Helps you meet training requirements
  • Lets you provide complete, holistic care

The Demand for Stoma Care

Over 102,000 people across the UK live with a stoma. With surgery rates increasing along with aging populations, the need for healthcare professionals competent in stoma care will continue rising. This course helps meet the demand.


Questions and Answers:

How do you become a stoma nurse?

To become a stoma nurse, follow these steps:

Do you need training for stoma care?

Yes, training is crucial for stoma care. Healthcare professionals, including nurses, need special training to provide good care to people with stomas (surgical openings on the body for waste).

Our training covers how to put on stoma appliances, protect the skin, and support patients adjusting to life with a stoma.

What are the three principles of stoma care nursing?

Stoma care nursing follows three main principles:

  • Assessment: Stoma nurses check the patient’s needs, the stoma’s condition, and any problems.
  • Education: They teach patients and families how to manage the stoma, including changing appliances and making lifestyle adjustments.
  • Support: Stoma nurses are there to help, answering questions, giving emotional support, and helping patients maintain their life quality after stoma surgery.

What is the role of a nurse in stoma care?

Nurses in stoma care:

  • Help patients adjust to life with a stoma.
  • Teach patients how to manage their stoma.
  • Check for and handle stoma issues or problems.
  • Ensure patients have the right supplies.
  • Offer emotional support and guidance to boost patients’ confidence and independence.
  • Work with other healthcare professionals to provide complete care for patients with stomas.

Can carers do stoma care?

Yes, carers can provide stoma care, but it’s important that they receive proper training and guidance to do it safely and effectively.

Stoma care often involves changing stoma bags, cleaning the stoma site, and ensuring the patient’s comfort. Training helps carers understand the specific needs and challenges of stoma care.

Do you need training for stoma care?

Yes, training is essential for anyone involved in stoma care. Whether you’re a healthcare professional or a carer, specialist care courses such as stoma care ensure you have the knowledge and skills to provide the best care for individuals with stomas.

Training covers tasks like changing stoma bags, preventing skin issues, and offering emotional support.

Can carers change stoma bags?

Yes, carers can change stoma bags, but it’s crucial that they receive proper training on how to do it safely and hygienically. Changing stoma bags is a common part of stoma care, and with the right training, carers can help individuals with stomas maintain their well-being and dignity.

How do you care for someone with a stoma bag?

Caring for someone with a stoma bag involves several steps:

  • Learn about stoma care and the specific needs of the individual.
  • Help the person change the stoma bag as needed, following hygiene guidelines.
  • Monitor the stoma site for any signs of issues or skin irritation.
  • Provide emotional support, as adapting to life with a stoma can be challenging.
  • Ensure the person has an adequate supply of stoma supplies and accessories.
  • Communicate openly with healthcare professionals for any concerns or questions regarding stoma care.

What are the roles of carers/support workers for people with stoma?

Carers and support workers have an important job in helping people with stomas live independently and confidently.

These are some of the ways carers/support workers can support people with stoma

Practical Help:

  • Stoma Care: Carers might help with putting on, taking off, and emptying stoma appliances, especially for people who find it hard to do these tasks themselves because of physical challenges, trouble with moving their hands, or problems with seeing.
  • Keeping Clean: Carers can assist with keeping the skin around the stoma clean by helping to wash it and applying protective creams if needed.
  • Daily Tasks: Support workers can lend a hand with everyday tasks like showering, getting dressed, and making meals, so people with stomas can still do things on their own.
  • Social Activities: Carers can help patients stay connected with family and friends by helping them talk to loved ones and going out together.

Emotional Support:

  • Listening and Encouragement: Carers are there to listen to patients’ worries, fears, and frustrations about living with a stoma. They offer support and help patients get used to their new way of life.
  • Boosting Confidence: Support workers can help patients feel more confident about managing their stoma care and joining in social activities again. They might practice doing stoma care tasks or pretend to be in social situations together.
  • Speaking Up: Carers can speak up for patients to make sure they get the right support and help from healthcare providers.

Other Important Things:

  • Respecting Wishes: Carers should always respect how much independence and privacy patients want when helping them. Some people might prefer to do most of their stoma care alone, while others might need more help.
  • Keeping Dignity: Support workers make sure that all stoma care tasks are done respectfully, so patients feel good about themselves.
  • Talking and Working Together: Good communication between carers, patients, and healthcare professionals is really important. Carers should tell the right healthcare provider if they’re worried about the stoma or the patient’s health.

Overall, carers and support workers are a huge help to people with stomas. They assist with practical tasks, help with emotional adjustments, and make sure patients can still have an active and happy life.


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