Tracheostomy Training

Tracheostomy training is required for all care staff who will be responsible for looking after patients with a tracheostomy. This the course will provide the required theoretical and practical skills.

Gain the required skills

This tracheostomy training course aims to familiarise students with the reasons for tracheostomy and the care and management of a tracheostomy.
The goal of this tracheostomy training course is to introduce students to the purpose of tracheostomy and how to care for and manage it.

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We can deliver this training at your premises, as long as it’s within the UK. Also, we have our own venues in the UK if you don’t have access to a training room. In addition, we are able to deliver this training virtually using Zoom (Zoom sessions for this course will only be available for Theory only sessions)

This training is for anyone working within the health and social care sector.
We will deliver this training for a group of up to 12 delegates. Likewise, for larger groups we can either provide multiple trainers on the same day or run multiple days to get everyone trained.
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.

Tracheostomy Training

The purpose of this tracheostomy training is to familiarize students with the causes of tracheostomies as well as their maintenance and care.

After completing the training, staff members will know enough to assist a person with a tracheostomy in a safe and efficient manner.

In general, this is an essential course for any staff member who interacts with clients who have tracheostomies.

We will bring our own manikin and suction equipment, and the course will contain both academic and practical components.

  • Course Duration: 4- 6 hours
  • Course Level: Level 3
  • Certificate: 1-year certificate
  • Max Delegates: 12
  • Practical: Yes
  • Mode: Face to Face


Tracheostomy Course Summary:

Healthcare workers who provide tracheostomy care to patients can take a course called “Tracheostomy Care Training for Nurses and Caregivers.”

Infection prevention, tracheostomy tubes, the respiratory system, and practical skills like dressing changes are all included in the course. In addition, record-keeping, communication, suctioning, and emergency protocols are covered.

Participants will be able to give tracheostomy patients safe, comfortable care after finishing the course.

Who is the tracheostomy care training for?

Experienced medical personnel, such as nurses and caregivers, who oversee tracheostomy care are eligible for tracheostomy care training. They acquire in-depth understanding, sophisticated abilities, and competence for all-encompassing care.

Course Outline: Tracheostomy Training

Healthcare professionals are taught how to care for patients who have tracheostomies—tubes inserted into the windpipe to assist with breathing—through the trach training. Everything from understanding the respiratory system to suctioning and changing bandages is covered in the course.

In addition, it provides information on the various kinds of tracheostomy tubes, infection control measures, and what to do in the event of an emergency.

This is a synopsis of the course outline for TACH:

I. Applied Anatomy and Physiology

  • Overview of the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
  • Detailed study of the trachea and its surrounding structures
  • Understanding the role of the tracheostomy in airway management

II. Infection Control and Prevention

  • Importance of maintaining aseptic techniques during tracheostomy care
  • Understanding the risk of infection and strategies for prevention
  • Proper hand hygiene and personal protective equipment (PPE) usage

III. Different Types of Tracheostomy

  • Introduction to various types of tracheostomy tubes and their features
  • Differentiating between cuffed and uncuffed tubes
  • Discussion on fenestrated tracheostomy tubes and their indications

IV. Indications for Tracheostomy

  • Common medical conditions that may require a tracheostomy
  • Understanding the indications for both temporary and permanent tracheostomies
  • Discussion on the benefits and risks of tracheostomy placement

V. Complications of Tracheostomy

  • Identifying potential complications associated with tracheostomy
  • Managing complications such as bleeding, infection, and tube dislodgement
  • Recognizing and responding to emergency situations related to tracheostomy

VI. Changing Dressings and Keeping the Area Clean

  • Techniques for safely removing and applying tracheostomy dressings
  • Maintaining cleanliness and preventing infection around the tracheostomy site
  • Proper use of sterile techniques and wound care products

VII. Fitting, Managing, and Changing an Inner Cannula Tube

  • Understanding the purpose and function of the inner cannula
  • Practical guidance on inserting, managing, and removing the inner cannula
  • Troubleshooting common issues related to the inner cannula

VIII. Suctioning a Patient with a Tracheostomy

  • Importance of regular suctioning to maintain a patent airway
  • Techniques for safe and effective suctioning of tracheostomized patients
  • Discussion on indications, equipment selection, and potential complications

IX. Communication and Care of a Patient with a Tracheostomy Tube

  • Strategies for effective communication with tracheostomized patients
  • Promoting patient comfort and psychological well-being
  • Addressing the psychosocial aspects of living with a tracheostomy

X. Keeping Accurate Records

  • Documentation requirements for tracheostomy care
  • Importance of accurate and timely record-keeping
  • Understanding legal and ethical considerations in record-keeping

XI. Full Tube Change Procedure

  • Step-by-step guidance on performing a complete tracheostomy tube change
  • Precautions to ensure patient safety during the procedure
  • Recognizing and managing potential complications during tube changes

XII. Emergency Tracheostomy Management (Resus) Procedure and Guidelines

  • Understanding the indications for emergency tracheostomy
  • Detailed instructions on performing emergency tracheostomy
  • Discussion on resuscitation techniques and equipment required

XIII. Practical Session Using Mannequin & Suction Machine

  • Hands-on practice using a mannequin to simulate tracheostomy care
  • Demonstrations and practice sessions on proper suctioning techniques
  • Guidance on equipment setup, troubleshooting, and maintenance

A patient with tracheostomy


Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand how the respiratory system works and its connection to tracheostomy care.
  • Practice keeping the tracheostomy site clean and free of germs to prevent infections.
  • Learn about different types of tracheostomy tubes and when to use each one.
  • Recognise conditions that make tracheostomy placement necessary.
  • Address complications like bleeding, infection, and tube dislodgement quickly and effectively.
  • Change dressings and keep the tracheostomy site clean and comfortable.
  • Change inner cannula tubes safely and without causing any problems.
  • Suction tracheostomies safely and without causing discomfort to the patient.
  • Communicate well with patients and understand their concerns.
  • Keep accurate records of tracheostomy care for future reference.
  • Replace tracheostomy tubes safely and manage complications if they arise.
  • Administer emergency tracheostomy care and resuscitation techniques when needed.
  • Practice skills hands-on with manikins and suction machines to gain confidence.

Upon completion of the Tracheostomy Training course, participants will possess the knowledge, skills, and competence necessary to provide to patients with tracheostomies, enhancing patient outcomes and ensuring optimal healthcare delivery in this specialized area.

How long does tracheostomy training take?

Tracheostomy training typically takes approximately 4-6 hours to complete at Caring for Care Limited. This allows healthcare professionals to gain a good understanding of the procedures, techniques, and skills necessary to provide competent and safe care to patients with tracheostomies.

We offer two versions of this tracheostomy training course:

  • Half day refresher
  • Full day with simulation

Depending on which version of the course is chosen, it will alter the price, max delegate count and the certificate issued on completion. For more information on which course is best suited to your business, get in contact today.


Who are the tracheostomy care trainers?

Caring for Care uses a team to deliver our courses. Our trainers have a wide range of experience in the health sector and are passionate about sharing their knowledge and skills with others. They are all trained to the highest standards and are committed to providing you with a safe and supportive learning environment.

What experience do the trainers have?

Our clinical trainers have a wealth of experience working in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, care homes, and the community. They have a deep understanding of the challenges and rewards of working in care and are passionate about supporting others to provide high-quality care.

What are the training venues for your tracheostomy training?

Caring for Care offers trachea care training at various venues across the UK. We aim to make our training courses convenient and accessible to as many people as possible. So we offer Face-to-Face tracheotomy training courses at a variety This locations include:

  • Stoke on trent
  • London
  • Epsom
  • Warrington
  • Swindon
  • York
  • and surrounding areas.

We in fact make the training flexible and bespoke to meet challenges for organisations requesting bespoke tracheostomy care training in the UK. You can call our team for more information or send an enquiry email.

Question and Answer?

What is tracheostomy training?

Tracheostomy training is a special educational training that teaches healthcare professionals how to properly care for and manage patients with a tracheostomy. The training helps workers such as nurses and carers understand how to care for patients.

The training covers various aspects, such as tracheostomy tube maintenance, suctioning techniques, emergency response, infection control, and communication strategies tailored to tracheostomized patients.

This training aims to ensure the safety and well-being of patients with tracheostomies and empower healthcare providers with the skills and knowledge needed to provide effective care.

Tracheostomy is a medical procedure where a small hole is made in the front of the neck. This helps people breathe better when they have trouble with their normal airways.

A tube is placed in the hole to keep it open, so air can go directly to their lungs. A tracheostomy is done to help people who have difficulty breathing or have a blockage in their throat.

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 –


Can anyone perform a tracheotomy?

Tracheotomy is a surgical procedure that should only be performed by qualified and trained medical professionals. It requires specialized skills in airway management and surgery.

Performing a tracheotomy without proper training can be dangerous and lead to serious complications. It is essential to have licensed medical professionals handle this procedure.

Are nurses allowed to do tracheostomy?

Qualified surgeons or trained medical professionals typically perform the tracheostomy procedure itself, and nurses are not typically allowed to do so.

However, nurses play a vital role in caring for patients after the procedure, providing post-operative care, and managing tracheostomy sites.

They collaborate closely with the healthcare team to ensure the well-being and safety of patients with tracheostomies throughout their recovery.

What are the three types of tracheostomy?

There are three main types of tracheostomy procedures:

  1. Percutaneous Tracheostomy: This is a minimally invasive procedure performed at the bedside using a special kit. The surgeon creates the tracheostomy opening directly through the neck skin and trachea using a needle and dilators.
  2. Open Surgical Tracheostomy: This traditional surgical approach involves making an incision in the front of the neck to access the trachea. The surgeon then creates the tracheostomy opening and places a tracheostomy tube.
  3. Laparoscopic Tracheostomy: This procedure uses a laparoscope, which is a small camera, to guide the surgeon in creating the tracheostomy opening. In certain cases, medical professionals may use a minimally invasive technique.

The choice of tracheostomy type depends on the patient’s condition, the surgeon’s expertise, and other factors specific to each individual case.