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1 Day Catheterisation and Cannulation Course


IV Cannulation and Catheterisation are two key aspects of nursing care and we are regularly asked to provide a course for both. As such, we have devised this one day course which will help familiarise delegates with core elements of each, as well provide a safe environment for practical sessions.

The course is aimed at groups (with a minimum of 6) and is not suitable for individuals.


Urinary catheterisation is a medical procedure used to drain and collect urine from the bladder. By the end of the Catheterisation training course attendees will be familiar with reasons for catheterisation, the differences between male and female catheterisation, the equipment selection/methods and the processes involved with male, female and supra pubic catheterisation.

Skills and knowledge highlighted in this training include

  • Definitions and methods of catheterisation
  • Differences between supra-pubic and urethra catheters
  • Contraindications and risks 
  • Advantages and disadvantages of urinary catheters
  • Reasons for catheterisation
  • Male and female anatomy
  • Male catheterisation procedure (theory & practical session)
  • Female catheterisation procedure (theory & practical session)
  • Post procedure catheter positioning
  • Post procedure check list
  • Record keeping


The IV Cannulation training course provides the chance to practice the skill in a controlled environment. This is a hands-on training course and we encourage participation in all the practical demonstrations and activities. On successful completion students will be awarded a certificate of attendance and are required to gain competency under clinical supervision within their own workplace.

The syllabus covers such topics as:

  • NMC Code of Conduct
  • Patient identification and consent
  • Legal and professional approach
  • Basic universal precautions
  • The vascular system (arteries, veins and valves)
  • Reasons to cannulate
  • The procedure (site selection, preparation, equipment, insertion, maintenance and removal)
  • Calculating drip rates
  • Infection control
  • Potential complications

On successful completion of this course students will be awarded a DDRC Certificate of Attendance which is valid for one year. Please note that this does not mean that you are competent, as you you will be required to gain competency under clinical supervision within your own workplace.  

Refresher training should take place annually.