Stoma Care

To provide underpinning knowledge associated with best practice for performing safe and effective stoma care and to raise awareness of the legal implications of the NMC and organisational policies regarding stoma care. To promote the safety and well-being of all patients who require stoma care.


By the end of the course, candidates will be able to:

  • Discuss legal and professional responsibilities associated with performing stoma care with local and national guidance
  • Follow procedures for gaining consent and correct documentation
  • Describe relevant anatomy
  • Explain the different types of stoma and their indications
  • Understand the need to manage health and safety risk
  • Identify and discuss the range of available equipment
  • Describe the different aspects of daily stoma care routines
  • Outline the importance of effective communication and understand the need for sensitivity and reassurance
  • Explain the need for correctly following procedures to minimise the risk of infection
  • Recognise any problems and know what action to take


Practitioners will be assessed by –

  • Ability to answer questions during course
  • Discussion following feedback from activities
  • Completing a post course knowledge assessment


Course Content

  • Legal and professional considerations and responsibilities
  • Consent for care and treatment
  • What is a stoma
  • Facts about stomas
  • Anatomy and physiology of the digestive and urinary systems
  • Types of stomas – colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy
  • Patient concerns
  • Stoma appliances
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Draining and changing a stoma bag
  • Skin irritation
  • Dealing with odour
  • Documentation
  • Stigma in society
  • Dietary issues
  • Patient support
  • Summary
  • References


Medex Group Limited
Botanical Gardens Business Centre,
3 Southbourne Road,
S10 2QN

t: 0114 266 5264
e: info@medexgroup.co.uk



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