Stoma Care Education

Coloplast UK is setting a new agenda in both educational content and methods of course delivery. We offer a range of programmes that address clinical, theoretical and professional development through the Coloplast Academy.

Online Foundation Course in Stoma Care

The Coloplast Foundation course in Stoma Care is a new comprehensive online programme that covers all aspects of basic stoma care. To apply for the course, please see below for more information. Read more about the course

Online Foundation Course in Stoma Care

The Coloplast Foundation course in Stoma Care is open to registered nurses and senior support workers working in hospital or community in either the public or private sectors in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, who care for patients with a stoma and who wish to acquire greater knowledge and skills in stoma care.

The Foundation Course comprises a 4 hour online training programme. A one day practical workshop is available if required after completion of the self-learning programme. Both self learning and practical elements of the course must be successfully completed in order to gain the certificate of achievement.

Applicants must have the support and approval of a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Stoma Care in order to undertake the course. Applicants having difficulty in identifying or contacting a Clinical Nurse Specialist should contact their local Coloplast Territory Manager for advice and guidance. The course is free of charge to all nurses who receive approval to undertake it from a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Stoma Care.

Once you have the support of a Clinical Nurse Specialist, please register for an account by going to and clicking on ‘Register’.

If you have any questions about the course, please speak to the Clinical Nurse Specialist who has agreed to support you. If you require support when registering or have an enquiry about the use of the online system, please contact or call 0800 220 622


Additional Courses

Additional Courses

Find details of additional courses delivered as part of the Coloplast Academy Read more

Additional Courses - Stoma Care

Mind Games in Stoma Care

This course explores practical strategies to support and manage the challenging patient.


Something is changing: MasterClass Programmes

Coloplast are supporting MasterClass and symposium events that will focus on the future of Stoma Care and enhancing service provision.

For more information about these courses please speak to your local Coloplast representative or contact us with your details.

Apollo Nursing Resource

Apollo Nursing Resource

The Apollo Nursing Resource is an online Specialist Nurse resource developed in conjunction with the University of Ulster. Read more

Apollo Nursing Resource

Apollo Nursing Resource

Apollo is a new online Specialist Nurse resource developed in conjunction with the University of Ulster.

There are a range of tools available through the Apollo website to help support Specialist Nurses evidence the value of their service. These tools include guidance on and templates for:

  • Report writing
  • Business planning
  • Job planning

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New tools will be made available regularly throughout 2014 to support your service and professional development needs.


Health economics

The latest generations of Coloplast stoma appliances improve the overall cost of stoma care, even if the cost of the product is higher. Focus on reducing total treatment costs

Health economics

Health economics

In the healthcare sector, resources are always considered scarce. This drives us at Coloplast to deliver treatment and care solutions that provide the most value for money.

Within stoma care, we focus on reducing total treatment costs. Total treatment costs take into consideration not only the price of a stoma appliance, but also the use of accessories and the costs of treating stoma-related complications.

One of the main issues in stoma care is peristomal skin complications caused by stomal output and stoma appliance application, use and removal. Treatment of skin complications requires a great deal of nursing time, thus the total resource consumption increases with the level of peristomal skin complications.

Factoring in these kinds of costs when considering different stoma appliances shows that, while there may be a significant difference in initial stoma appliance costs, the total costs can even out – or even be lower – for the more expensive stoma appliance.

Health economic analysis


Total costs are lower with the higher-priced stoma appliance, due to better performance and thus less use of accessories and a lower need for additional treatment.

A published health economic analysis shows a 38% reduction in costs associated with treating peristomal skin complications when using SenSura products in evidence-based stoma care nursing. Martins et al. 2012.

For more information, please contact your local sales representative.


Evidence & clinical research

Helpful tools and studies

At Coloplast, we are dedicated to the advancement of stoma care. As part of this, we conduct clinical studies to support evidence-based nursing and develop clinical research tools. Learn more about the tools

Tools and studies

Download documents to read the abstracts



Ostomy Skin Tool:
Martins, L., Tavernelli, K., Serrano, J.L.C.
Introducing a peristomal skin assessment tool: The ostomy skin tool
WCET Journal 2008 Vol. 28 (2) p. 8-13

Jemec, GB., Martins, L., Claessens, I., Ayello, EA., Hansen, AS., Poulsen, LH., Sibbald, RG.
Asessing peristomal skin changes in ostomy patients: validation of the Ostomy Skin Tool.
British Journal of Dermatology 2011 Vol. 164 p. 330-335

Martins, L., Ayello, E.A., Claessens, I., Hansen, A.S., Poulsen, L.H., Sibbald, R.G., Jemec, G.B.
The Ostomy Skin Tool: tracking peristomal skin changes
British Journal of Nursing 2010 Vol. 19 (15) p. 960-964

Dialogue Study:
Porrett, T., Nováková, S., Schmitz, K., Klimekova, E., Aaes, H.
Leakage and ostomy appliances: results from a large-scale, open-label study in clinical practice
Gastrointestinal nursing Supplement 2011 Vol. 9 (2) p.19-23

Erwin-Toth, P., Thompson, SJ., Davis, JS.
Factors impacting the quality of life of people with an ostomy in north America: results from the dialogue study.
Journal of Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing 2012 Vol. 39 (4) p. 417-22

Health Economics:
Meisner, S., Lehur, P.-A., Moran, B., Martins, L., Jemex, G.B.E.

Peristomal skin complications are common, expensive and difficult to manage: a population based cost modelling study
PLOS One 2012 Vol. 7 (5) p. 1-8

Dialogue StudyDialogueStudy

The DialogueStudy is a global clinical study designed to document real life experiences of Coloplast’s SenSura stoma appliances. The study focused on skin conditions and quality of life. With more than 3,000 patients and 500 nurses involved, the DialogueStudy is the largest study ever undertaken within stoma care and was carried out from 2006 to 2010.

The global results show that many people with a stoma have peristomal skin problems, and that a combination of evidence-based nursing and the use of SenSura meant reduced incidents of leakages, less unplanned changes, and an increased feeling of security.

If you’d like to know more about the DialogueStudy, please contact your local Coloplast office.

Ostomy Skin Tool

The Ostomy Skin Study showed that peristomal skin conditions are very common in people with a stoma, and that these conditions can have a negative impact on quality of life. It also showed that many people with a stoma are not aware that they have a skin condition and therefore don’t consult their stoma care nurse. The study was carried out in Denmark in 2004 and involved 199 patients. The study was the background for the larger DialogueStudy.


The Ostomy Skin Tool is a validated tool designed to provide an efficient method for determining the cause and severity of peristomal skin conditions. It also provides recommendations on how to monitor and manage these conditions.


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