Ear Care and Irrigation in General Practice

Forthcoming Ear Care Courses. Please choose your preferred start date from the drop down list to book your place online.


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If yes, full funding may be available on all of our courses except the Flu Update, and will be applied when you checkout.

Course Delivery & Duration

One day workshop.

Suitable For

Nurse, Nurse Practitioner

Outline Content

This Ear Care training course is intended to give the practitioner more confidence when dealing with ear problems. The knowledge gained from this day enables safer practice which can reduce patient discomfort, speed up resolution and make referrals more appropriate. It enables nurses to take a more active role in the prevention of ear problems, thus saving general practitioner consulting time and prescribing costs.
The course material and content have been developed by nurse practitioners at Rotherham Primary Ear Care Centre. The practitioners at the centre have been recognized nationally for excellence in care, innovation and evidence based practice.

Please note: If you have not previously had any experience of ear irrigation, it will be necessary for you to have supervised practice following this Study Day

Learning Outcomes

  • To give an understanding of the basic anatomy and physiology of the ear and the need for preventative care, including patient education and advice
  • To demonstrate the safe and proficient use of basic aural care instruments for the removal of wax, aural toilet and ear irrigation
  • To reflect on accountability, documentation and the management of change in relation to ear care
  • To give a better understanding of people with hearing loss and to consider the patient holistically when providing ear care

Section Headings

  • An understanding of the basic anatomy and physiology of the ear
  • An understanding of the prevention of common ear problems
  • A foundation of knowledge on which to base practical aural toilet, wax instrumentation and ear irrigation according to their own level of practice competence
  • A better understanding of people with hearing loss and the availability of aids to improve the lives of patients’ with hearing
  • Reflection on accountability, documentation and management of change in relation to ear care
  • An understanding of decontamination of clinical equipment
  • Considered the patient with ear problems holistically
  • The future management of people with ear problems
  • The ability to undertake ear care within the boundaries and limits of their professional competence, responsibility and accountability


Throughout the day clinical knowledge will be developed and assessed through group work, a self-assessment quiz and supervision during a practical session in the afternoon of the study day.

For novice clinician’s a competency document will be provided which they can take with them when they return to clinical practice, where they must identify a suitable mentor to assist them in developing their competence.

The mentor should be a practitioner who has undertaken formal ear care training and undertakes ear care skills on a regular basis (at least weekly).