Ear irrigation & Instrumentation 

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The Ear irrigation & Instrumentation course is a one day course which is taught in small groups to provide an optimum learning experience.

It is a well-established and well respected course underpinned by comprehensive protocols which are recognised and recited in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines.

It is taught by experienced practitioners who continue to provide this procedure on a daily basis.


This course covers a wide range of theoretical knowledge including:

  • An understanding of the Anatomy and physiology of the ear
  • Common ear pathologies including, identifying red flags that necessitate   specialist care
  • Patient assessment
  • Ear examination in accordance to otoscopy guidance
  • Ethics & Principles of Ear Irrigation and Instrumentation

Following the theoretical session, participants will engage in a practical session using practice training heads, providing the opportunity to:

  • Identify, discuss and use the appropriate equipment required to carry out safe irrigation & Instrumentation.
  • Gain confidence & skills whilst under supervision of one of our experienced specialist practitioners.
  • Discuss infection control measures to ensure safe practice 

For health professionals who are new to irrigation, we believe that for legal and ethical reasons it is most appropriate for participants to initially carry out the procedure on practice training heads. 

As with all clinical skills competence can only be achieved by practice we therefore strongly recommend all course participants seek some supervised practice from an experienced practitioner who is competent in the procedure following the course.

Course eligibility 

This course is suitable for the following registered healthcare professionals:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Audiologist
  • Doctors
  • Pharmacists
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists

A certificate of attendance will be issued to registered professionals on completion of the study day. 

We do also provide training to the following healthcare workers who do not hold a professional registration:

  • Health Care Assistants
  • Associate Audiologists
  • Pharmacy Assistants/ Technicians 

Please note the above list is not exhaustive, please contact if you require further clarification.

If you do not hold a professional registration you will be required to identify a mentor  who will support you with the procedure when you return to your workplace following the course. Please could you provide us with your mentors details on the application form.

Please note your mentor should be a registered healthcare professional and must have completed the irrigation course/ updated in the last 2 years.  During the course you will be provided with a workbook and competency booklet which will need to be completed by both yourself and mentor on returning to practice.  You will be given three months to complete these and once complete the competency booklet is returned to ourselves for verification and a certificate will be issued. 

Price: £295.00 per person 

Forthcoming Dates:

November 21st, 2023 - FULL

December 14th, 2023 - FULL

January 30th, 2024 

What to do now:

If you would like to apply to attend the irrigation and instrumentation course please complete an online application form. Ear Care and Audiology Course Booking Form (microsoft.com)

We aim to process applications within 5 working days however, this can vary during busy periods. Following your application, you will receive an email containing your booking confirmation and further course details. 

If you have any queries please contact us on the details below:

Email: rgh-tr.earcaretraining@nhs.net

Phone:  01709 423140

We look forward to seeing you here in Rotherham, safe and well, in the very near future.


...have been syringing ears incorrectly for 10 years!

...can't believe I've been practising so badly for years.

...using outdated techniques in surgery.

I thought I knew what I was doing, I realise I didn't.

..hope that GPs can be persuaded to attend similar days.

..did not realise how much I did not know.

One of the best Study Days I've attended I go away inspired to do better. All practice nurses should have the opportunity to attend - and also GPs.