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Integrated Clinical Skills Team

The clinical skills workshops listed in the right hand menu on this page are offered on a monthly basis. 

Please see the training and events page to book your place.

Bespoke workshops can also be arranged.  Please send any requests to:


Male/ Female and Suprapubic Catheterisation (3 hours)

This course will help staff develop, support and/or update their:

  • Skills and knowledge
  • Revision of anatomy
  • Awareness of the complications & contraindications of catheterisation
  • Knowledge of the procedures of urethral & suprapubic catheterisation
  • Catheter maintenance

Venepuncture and Cannulation (2.5 hours)

This course will help staff:

  • To develop a knowledge and understanding of Venepuncture and Peripheral IV Cannulation
  • An introduction to VIP Score and documentation associated with Venepuncture and Cannulation
  • Identify and control potential risks associated with each procedure
  • Provide a safe learning environment to practice Venepuncture and Peripheral IV Cannulation using realistic practice arms in preparation for supervised practice in the workplace

Intravenous (IV) Therapy and Management of Central Venous Access Devices (CVAD) (3 hours)

This course will help staff:

  • Develop an understanding of the different central venous access devices and insertion sites
  • Understand asepsis principles and the importance of a closed system
  • Understand correct drug administration technique
  • Understand correct blood sampling technique
  • Understand correct maintenance of site/ line including dressing change

STOP AND WATCH (1.5 hours)

STOP AND WATCH is part of a National development to improve the early recognition of deteriorating health in adults who are residents of Care Homes and clients of Support Agencies.

This workshop aims to help enable you to spot the early signs of deterioration and will introduce a useful reporting mechanism.

STOP AND WATCH gives a concise and easy to follow format that can be used by anybody to identify these early warning signs.

Physiological Observations and NEWS2 (6 hours)

This course will help staff develop knowledge of:

  • Anatomy & physiology of cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • Informed consent
  • Accurate measurement of vital signs
  • Normal & abnormal readings
  • Recording & reporting
  • National Early Warning Scores and Sepsis screening/action tools
  • Assessment documentation

Verification of Expected Death (2 hours)

This course will help staff:

  • Understand what constitutes an expected death
  • Identify and recognize the clinical signs of death
  • Perform a relevant clinical examination
  • Provide bereaved families with supporting information
  • Record the fact of death correctly
  • Understand the legal and professionals framework
  • Understand the role of the Coroner and related legal issues

Ear Care Training (2.5 hours)

This course will help staff:

  • Increase their knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology of the ear
  • How ear problems can be prevented
  • Clinical decision making in relation to treatment required e.g. ear care, ear irrigation and aural toilet
  • Documentation in relation to performing ear care
  • Undertaking ear care within the boundaries of their own professional competency, responsibility and accountability

Roles and Responsibilities in the Administration of Insulin (2.5 hours)

This course will:

  • Explore policy and engaging with a competency framework
  • Determine the role of the community nurse supervisor

And will cover:

  • Blood glucose and monitoring
  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • Different insulins and pens
  • Understand development of competence in subcutaneous injection technique and administration of insulin
  • Why errors occur in practice

Nasogastric Tubes Insertion &/or Management (1.5 hours)

  • Have an awareness of NPSA alerts and guidelines and Serious incidents in NCUHT
  • Understand professional accountability and responsibility when caring for a patient with a nasogastric tube, before and after insertion
  • Have a full understanding of the ongoing checks required to confirm day to day nasogastric tube placement
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of procedures if gastric aspirate not obtained