• Level 3
  • 2-3 Hours Duration
  • 1 Year Certificate

Suction Training Level 3

This suction training is aimed at anyone working in a care or nursing environment where suction is required.

Gain the required skills

This suction training is aimed at anyone working in a care or nursing environment where suction is required.

Overall, Delegates will learn the theoretical and practical skills required to safely carry out oral suctioning on a patient.

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Course Summary

  • Define what suctioning is
  • Explain why and when to suction
  • List the reasons for requiring suction
  • Label relevant anatomy and sites for suctioning
  • Describe observing an individual during suction and an oral assessment
  • List potential risks of suction
  • Explain the principles of safe handling of infected or soiled linen and clinical waste (15.1e)
  • Define consent
  • Explain why it is important to have secure systems for recording, storing, and sharing information (14.1b
  • Demonstrate correct positioning of the patient and preparation of equipment and environment
  • Privacy & Dignity: List situations where an individual’s privacy and dignity could be compromised (7.1b)Describe how to maintain privacy and dignity in the work setting (7.1c)
  • Demonstrate correct procedure for oral suction

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    Where Do You Deliver The 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.

    Who Is This Suction Training For?

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

    How long will the 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. 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 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.

    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.

Suction Awareness Training Course

This suction training (oral suctioning training) is aimed at anyone working in a care or nursing environment where suction is required.

Delegates will learn the theoretical and practical skills required to safely carry out oral suctioning on a patient.

The course can be expanded to cover nasopharyngeal suctioning if required, please ensure you mention this during your enquiry.

Our trainers will bring a suction machine and all the required equipment with them for your staff to use during the training course.

This course is often combined with our Oxygen Training course and Nebuliser Training course to make a full day’s worth of training.


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

Suctioning Course Overview:

This suction awareness level 3 training will equip you with the foundational knowledge needed to appreciate the importance of suctioning in healthcare. You will be more aware of the critical role proper suctioning plays in maintaining clear airways and improving patients’ quality of life.

This awareness will empower you to contribute to better respiratory health outcomes in your healthcare practice. Whether you’re a healthcare professional or someone interested in understanding suctioning, this training offers insights that can enhance your knowledge and impact patient care positively.

Suction Course Outline

Our Suction Awareness Training- is a concise and engaging session- designed to provide you with a fundamental understanding of the vital healthcare procedure known as suctioning. This training aims to raise your awareness about the significance of proper suctioning techniques and their role in maintaining clear airways and promoting overall respiratory health. Here is what we covered:

Module 1: Introduction to Suctioning

In this module, we will uncover the essence of suctioning. You will grasp the precise definition of suctioning and its pivotal role in safeguarding patient airways. Understand the triggers that necessitate suctioning and unravel the why and when of this critical procedure.

  • Definition of suctioning
  • Importance of suctioning in patient care
  • When and why suctioning is necessary

Module 2: Reasons for Suctioning

Dive deep into the scenarios that call for timely suctioning. Grasp the significance of maintaining unobstructed airways, and gain insights into the potentially dire consequences of neglecting this fundamental aspect of patient care.

  • List of common scenarios requiring suctioning
  • Importance of maintaining clear airways
  • Impact of inadequate suctioning on patient outcomes

Module 3: Anatomy and Sites for Suctioning

Embark on an enlightening journey through human anatomy. Familiarize yourself with the intricate structures involved in suctioning, from the nasopharyngeal to the tracheal regions. Develop an appreciation for the unique challenges and considerations each site presents.

  • Identification of relevant anatomical structures
  • Exploration of sites for suctioning (nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, tracheal)
  • Understanding the unique considerations for each site

Module 4: Observation and Oral Assessment

Sharpen your observational skills, a cornerstone of effective suctioning. Learn how to conduct a comprehensive oral assessment, spotting cues that hint at airway distress. Cultivate the ability to identify the subtle signs that may demand immediate intervention.

  • Importance of observing patients during suctioning
  • Conducting a thorough oral assessment before suctioning
  • Recognizing signs of airway obstruction and distress

Module 5: Potential Risks of Suctioning

Navigate the realm of risks and complications associated with suctioning. Delve into a thorough exploration of potential challenges and pitfalls, and gain a comprehensive understanding of strategies to mitigate and manage these risks.

  • List of potential risks and complications
  • Strategies to minimise and manage risks
  • Importance of proper infection control measures

Module 6: Infection Control and Safe Handling

Elevate your practice by mastering infection control protocols and the responsible management of clinical waste. Discover the art of ensuring a hygienic environment while fostering patient safety and well-being.

  • Principles of safe handling of infected or soiled linen and clinical waste
  • Importance of maintaining a clean and hygienic environment
  • Compliance with infection control protocols

Module 7: Consent and Information Sharing

Unpack the concept of consent and its profound implications. Learn to handle patient information with the utmost sensitivity and security, while nurturing a culture of information-sharing that enhances patient care and builds trust.

  • Definition of consent and its importance
  • Secure systems for recording, storing, and sharing patient information
  • Maintaining patient confidentiality and data protection

Module 8: Patient Positioning and Equipment Preparation

Equip yourself with the practical know-how of patient positioning and equipment readiness. Transform your environment into a haven of comfort and confidence, where every aspect is attuned to optimal patient outcomes.

  • Correct patient positioning for effective suctioning
  • Proper preparation of suctioning equipment
  • Creating a safe and comfortable environment for suctioning

Module 9: Privacy and Dignity

Safeguard patient privacy and dignity with an unwavering commitment. Explore the nuanced scenarios where these values might be compromised, and adopt strategies to infuse respect, empathy, and patient-centeredness into your practice.

  • Identification of situations compromising patient privacy and dignity
  • Strategies to maintain privacy and dignity in the work setting
  • Creating a respectful and patient-centered care environment

Module 10: Mastering Oral Suctioning Procedure

The pinnacle of your journey: a step-by-step demonstration of oral suctioning.

Witness the seamless fusion of technique and compassion as our expert guides you through the process, emphasizing gentleness, precision, and holistic patient care.

  • Step-by-step guide to performing oral suctioning
  • Proper use of suctioning equipment
  • Emphasis on gentle and patient-focused technique

Learning Outcome

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Explain oral suction’s what, why, when, and where. Understand oral suction’s purpose, device types, when and where to use it, and potential risks.
  2. Safely observe individuals needing suction or oral hygiene. Notice distress signs, intervene safely, maintain safety, and avoid spreading contamination.
  3. Define consent and discuss methods. Define consent principles, obtain it respectfully, handle challenges, and respect cultural beliefs.
  4. Appreciate accurate records and safe storage. Value accurate records, store them safely, access and use them for better care.
  5. List compromised privacy and dignity scenarios. Identify privacy and dignity risks, minimize them, and consider cultural or religious factors.
  6. Demonstrate safe preparation and oral suction skill. Prepare individuals, perform safe suction effectively, troubleshoot issues, and provide post-suction care.

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Questions and Answers

What is Suctioning

Suctioning is a medical procedure used to clear airways of fluids, mucus, or secretions, ensuring effective breathing. It involves using specialized devices to gently remove these substances from the respiratory tract, preventing blockages and improving airflow. Suctioning is commonly performed on individuals who have difficulty clearing their airways naturally, such as those with respiratory illnesses, surgery patients, or individuals with weakened cough reflexes. By maintaining clear airways, suctioning supports proper lung function and overall respiratory health. Click to see all the Clinical courses we offer.

What is suction training?

Suction training is a type of training that involves educating healthcare workers on the safe and skillful use of suctioning devices to clear airway secretions. Suctioning is vital, particularly for patients who can’t clear their secretions through coughing. Suctioning becomes essential for numerous patients, especially those unable to cough or clear their secretions. However, improper execution poses risks. Suction training mitigates these risks, ensuring patient well-being and optimal care.

Why is training in suctioning Important?

Training in suctioning is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, suctioning is a delicate procedure that requires precision to ensure patients’ airways are effectively cleared. Improper suctioning can lead to complications such as tissue damage or infection.

Secondly, patient safety is paramount. Suctioning involves handling equipment and interacting closely with patients, so understanding the correct techniques helps prevent accidents and minimizes risks.

Lastly, patient comfort and dignity are central. Proper suctioning techniques not only clear airways efficiently but also do so in a respectful and considerate manner, upholding patients’ privacy and well-being. You can read our why oral suction saves lives and learn more about the benefits of oral suctions.

Overall, proper training ensures healthcare professionals can perform suctioning competently, maintaining patient safety, comfort, and effective airway management.


Is the Suction training suitable for Carers?

Yes, carers and nurses can take the suction training.

In addition, we understand that different care settings have unique needs when it comes to suctioning. Our training can be tailored to focus exactly on the specific policies and procedures of your nursing home, care home, or residential facility. Bespoke suction training allows us to make sure your staff are fully skilled in suctioning based on the individual needs of your residents and the type of care you provide. We’ll craft the training around you.

Whether your facility cares for adults or children, residents with tracheostomies, or those at risk of aspiration, we can customise the training plan to address those exact scenarios through case studies and hands-on practice.

Our expert trainers will evaluate your current protocols and work directly with your team to reinforce best practices for suctioning specific to the environment within your individual care home or residential setting. We want staff to feel completely confident performing suctioning properly. Our customised suction course gives them that specialised knowledge based on your facility’s policies so they can best care for your residents.



When is the Caring for Care Next Suction Training?

We offer both Public and Group courses for our Caring for Care Next Suction Training. For Public courses, we have multiple locations across the UK, including London, Stoke On Trent, Warrington, Epsom, Swindon, York, and other places. Alternatively, for Group courses, we are flexible and willing to arrange training at a location of your choice, accommodating up to 12 delegates. Check courses and dates available here.

Additionally, we provide a blended course option. However, please note that practical training sessions are not possible with this option. The blended course is exclusively offered without practical training, focusing on assessments that can be fully completed. See dates for blended courses.


What are the three suctioning methods?

The three main types of suctioning are nasopharyngeal suctioning, oropharyngeal suctioning, and endotracheal/tracheostomy suctioning. Each type focuses on different parts of the respiratory system. Nasopharyngeal suctioning involves clearing the nasal passages and the back of the throat, while oropharyngeal suctioning focuses on removing secretions from the mouth and throat.

Endotracheal/tracheostomy suctioning is performed deeper in the airway, targeting the trachea or a tracheostomy tube, which are both more direct pathways to the lungs. These distinct methods cater to various patient needs and conditions, ensuring efficient airway maintenance and respiratory health.


What is suctioning NHS?

Suctioning within the NHS (National Health Service) refers to a medical procedure where healthcare professionals use specialized devices to remove fluids, mucus, or secretions from a patient’s airways. This is done to ensure clear breathing passages and to support patients who may have difficulty clearing their airways on their own.

Suctioning is a critical aspect of respiratory care, helping patients breathe more easily and effectively.


Who is qualified to perform suctioning?

Qualified healthcare professionals, such as trained carers, nurses, respiratory therapists, and trained medical personnel, are authorized to perform suctioning. This ensures that the procedure is carried out safely and effectively, minimizing risks and promoting patient well-being.

What is nasopharyngeal?

Nasopharyngeal refers to the area at the back of the nose and above the throat, where the nasal passages meet the upper part of the throat. It’s a region of the respiratory tract that plays a role in breathing, speech, and swallowing.

What is nasopharyngeal suctioning?

“Nasopharyngeal suctioning” involves a healthcare provider using a specific suction device to delicately eliminate extra fluids, mucus, or secretions from the nasopharyngeal region. This helps clear the airway and enhances breathing, especially for those who struggle to clear these substances by themselves. It’s crucial for patients who can’t naturally remove these materials due to respiratory issues or post-surgery recovery.



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