Stoma Competencies

Our training can cover the key stoma competencies

How familiar are you with what a stoma is, or how you can most effectively support someone who has a stoma? Even many healthcare staff are not necessarily knowledgeable on this subject, which is why we are pleased to be able to offer stoma management training to such practitioners, easily accessible either in the classroom or online using Zoom video conferencing software.

Whichever format of training you choose, you can expect much the same high standard, including coverage of the key things you need to know if you are to responsibly support someone with a stoma.

Firstly, what is a stoma?

A stoma is an opening made through the wall of the abdomen (tummy), connected to either the digestive or urinary system, to allow the diversion of waste, either urine or faeces, out of the body. It is a surgically created opening where part of the bowel or urinary tract is brought to the skin surface to create that new opening. It will resembling a small, pinkish, circular opening. The person with a stoma usually wears a pouch on top of it, with this either being closed, or having an opening at the bottom.

Stoma surgery may be undertaken as part of the treatment for a variety of diseases and conditions, ranging from bowel cancer or bladder cancer to Crohn’s disease and cases of trauma to the abdomen. A stoma may be temporary or permanent.

With it being estimated that about one in 335 people in the UK currently have a stoma, and there not being just one type of stoma, it is important for healthcare professionals to possess a good understanding of how they can care for and support people living with a stoma. This is what our highly regarded stoma management training here at Actionable Intelligence helps make possible.

What is covered in our stoma management training?

When you take this course, whatever the delivery method, you can expect to learn about the different types of stoma surgery, including colostomy, urostomy and ileostomy, as well as the circumstances that might give rise to this operation in the first place.

Our training will also give you the opportunity to educate yourself, or your organisation’s staff, on the complications that have been linked to stoma use and care, and how you can prevent them from occurring. Also covered in the course are the principles of holistic care for someone with a stoma, and what products are out there that can support stoma management.

Last but not least, we also offer additional add-ons for this course, with simulated stoma competencies able to be provided if you choose the classroom-based training option. This is just one more example of how we dedicate ourselves to helping healthcare practitioners upgrade their knowledge and capabilities in relation to stoma management.

Would you like to learn more about this course or about any of our other training options? If so, simply complete and submit our online contact form today, or give us a call on 0330 133 4195.