Certification in The Management of the Altered Airway (Tracheostomy & Laryngectomy)
- The programme is designed specifically for Healthcare Professionals, including Nurses, Speech & Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Surgeons (ENT, Max Fax.), Anaesthetists, Intensivists and Community Nurses, who are involved in caring for patients with a Tracheostomy or Laryngectomy.
- The Rila Institute of Health Sciences has developed the programme with a core team of Healthcare experts. It is accredited by the ENT-UK (The Professional organisation for UK ENT Surgeons).
- This means that when you successfully complete all parts of the programme, you will have an accredited qualification which is recognised by employers and healthcare organisations.
- You will enrol as a student of the Rila Institute of Health Sciences.
- When you have successfully completed the full programme you will be provided with a “Certificate”, and a Transcript indicating your achievement. Those individuals who do not complete the full programme will be given transcripts of the elements that they have successfully completed.
- The programme is delivered by experts in the field of managing patients with Tracheostomy & Laryngectomy and will include Surgeons, Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists, Nurses, Anaesthetists and other Health Professionals.
- The quality and standards are monitored by a core programme team overseen by a Programme Director.
- The “Certification in The Management of the Altered Airway (Tracheostomy & Laryngectomy) is open to students from UK and overseas.
- The Course runs over approximately 12-14 weeks, providing a structured and blended form of learning. The course integrates several components of learning.
Structure of the “Certification in the Management of the Altered Airway (Tracheostomy & Laryngectomy)
- There is a 1 day workshop, at a central location, with lectures and practical hands on experience held at the start of the course, providing a sound basis for managing patients with tracheostomy & laryngectomy.
- There are up to 12 online reading topics (each with its associated assessments, completed online)
- The reading topics i.e. resource learning material, which have been specifically commissioned by Rila Institute of Health Sciences, cover the core knowledge required for Managing patients with an Altered Airway.
- There is another 1 day workshop, at a central location, near the mid-point of the programme, again with lectures and practical hands on workshops.
- The student is also expected to identify a local mentor/supervisor and engage in doing clinical sessions to gain competency in a range of practical skills. A logbook provides a structured framework for these sessions.
Award of the “Certificate in Management of the Altered Airway (Tracheostomy & Laryngectomy)”.
- The programme ends with a half day Final Examination, at a central location, and which consists of “Higher Order Thinking Assessment Questions” and an OSCE (Observed Structured Clinical Examination)”.
- Successful performance in the ongoing assessments, attendance at the workshops, completion of the logbook (and signed off) and in the final examination will lead to the award of “Certification in The Management of the Altered Airway (Tracheostomy & Laryngectomy).
- The student is permitted only 2 re-sits in the final summative examination. A re-sit examination requires an additional fee payment.
- Anatomy, physiology
- Indications for tracheostomy/laryngectomy
- Surgical techniques
- Airway tubes
- Key bedside equipment and its use
- Emergency kit and its use; tube changing.
- Role of the physiotherapist
- Role of the nurse practitioner
- Role of the speech and language therapist (humidification, aspiration, communication, swallowing, stoma care, weaning, decannulation)
- Special cases (paediatric and neurological)
- Discharge into the community
- Demonstrates the function/component parts of a trachy tube
- Assesses cuff inflation/pressures
- Change and clean inner tubes
- Clean & dress a trachy site
- Change and fasten ties..
- Able to safely deliver oxygen via a trachy tube
- Application of humidification
- Changing and removal of a trachy tube
- Identify when and how to safely suction a trachy tube and take a specimen
- Demonstrate the features of a blocked tube and its management
- Plus more
Minimum Requirements for the web learning aspects:
- A specific area of the Rila Institute of Health Sciences website is dedicated to the Programme.
- You will be issued with a user name and password.
- You MUST have computer access to the internet and it will be your responsibility to ensure that this is the case.
- The website will provide facilities such as Forums, a Bulletin Board, On-Line Chat Room etc.
- You will be provided with information on how to use the web site.
- Students admitted to this programme must be in active clinical practice and involved in the Management and Care of the Altered Airway (Tracheostomy & Laryngectomy).
- All students must have a Professional qualification appropriate for their area of healthcare expertise.
- Identified a suitable local mentor/supervisor
Recognition and value of the “Certificate in the management of the Altered Airway (Tracheostomy & Laryngectomy):
- The programme has been accredited by ENT-UK for 40 hours CPD
- As a Healthcare Professional will have greater confidence and knowledge to better manage your patients.
- As a Healthcare professional, with an accredited qualification, you will be recognised and appreciated, by clinical colleagues, as having a special interest and skills in managing patients with an Altered Airway.
The Programme is accredited and recognised as follows:
- Accredited by the ENT-UK (40 CPD credits)
Collaborating and Accrediting Organisations and Individuals
- UK based specialists across several disciplines who manage the “Altered Airway” have provided the content, curriculum and clinical guidance, and ensured quality.
- Rila Institute of Health Sciences, London