Female and Male Catheterisation - eLearning

This course provides an understanding of best practice when performing safe and effective catheterisation, including a simulated practical experience in a controlled environment to assist the development of competent catheterisation skills.

To raise awareness of the legal implications of the NMC and organisational policies regarding catheterisation and promote the safety and well-being of all patients who require catheterisation.

£4.95 + VAT


By the end of the course, candidates will be able to:

  • Discuss legal and professional responsibilities associated with performing catheterisation in line with national guidance
  • Follow procedures for gaining consent and correct documentation
  • Describe relevant male and female anatomy
  • List indications and contraindications for catheterisation
  • Identify and discuss available range of catheters and equipment
  • Understand the need to manage health and safety risk
  • Demonstrate practical ability in performing urethral (male and female) and suprapubic catheterisation and catheter removal
  • Demonstrate correct procedures for minimising infection
  • Identify potential problems, describing how to prevent them and what necessary interventions are required should they occur

Course content

  • Legal and professional considerations and responsibilities
  • Consent for care and treatment
  • Catheterisation definition, history and rationale for best practice
  • Anatomy of male and female urinary system
  • Catheterisation indications and contraindications
  • Methods of catheterisation
  • Potential problems and consequences of long-term catheterisation
  • Risk assessment
  • Catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI)
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Catheter selection – types, materials, duration, sizes
  • Preparation of equipment
  • Urethral and suprapubic catheterisation procedures
  • Catheter removal
  • Catheter drainage
  • Catheter instillations
  • Intermittent catheterisation
  • Suprapubic catheterisation indications and contraindications
  • Suprapubic advantages and disadvantages
  • Management of a suprapubic catheter
  • Catheter troubleshooting
  • Documentation
  • Practical workshop and knowledge assessment