Ear Care Training for HCSWs

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Ear Care Training for HCSWs

July 20 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

£225 – £270

This workshop is suitable for:  Experienced Healthcare Assistants and other Support Workers who wish to learn how to perform Otoscopy, Ear Irrigation and Instrumentation.

NfP Members    £225 / Non-Members   £270


This course is designed to equip HCSWs with the knowledge and skills to perform ear irrigation safely and effectively. It consists of one teaching day followed by three months of in-house practical experience during which competencies are assessed by the Clinical Supervisor.

The HCSW MUST have a Clinical Supervisor back in Practice experienced in Ear irrigation – we will ask for their name, email address and date of their last update upon booking (It is recommended that the Clinical Supervisor should have attended an Update in Ear Irrigation within the last 2 years).

A pre-course learning pack will be provided prior to the course, and a printed training pack will be issued on the day.  A Work Book & Competency book will also be provided and these must be completed and returned to Joanna Green for marking within 3 months from the date of training.  Certificates will be issued upon successful completion of the Workbooks (pass mark is 80%).

By the end of the day Candidate should have

  • An understanding of the basic anatomy and physiology of the ear.
  • An understanding of basic ear care.
  • A foundation of knowledge on which to base practical Aural Toilet, Wax Instrumentation and Ear Irrigation.
  • A foundation knowledge of Otoscopy
  • Reflected on accountability, delegation and documentation relating to ear care.
  • An understanding that, during and following completion of the course, they will undertake ear irrigation and instrumentation within appropriately delegated, monitored and supervised conditions and within the limits of their knowledge, skill and competence.
  • An understanding that, following the course, Ear Irrigation, Aural Toilet and Instrumentation will continue to be undertaken in accordance with the National Guidelines.

Ear Irrigation is an extended role for the HCSW and is a delegated task, therefore to enable safe practice:-

The patient has to be assessed by a GP/PN prior to delegating this task and documented there are no contraindications to irrigation.

The patient has to have had ear irrigation performed before without complications and must be over the aged of 16

These parameters have been advised by the RCN and MDU and continue after successful completion of the course, not just during training. Practice insurers will require notification of this extended role.

For full information: https://www.networkforpractices.co.uk/_files/ugd/0a2259_3ee61a70bb8b4f66bb7a4b5edd459a28.pdf



July 20
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
£225 – £270


Network for Practices Ltd
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