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Education Programme 

NALC offers a number of presentation modules that will help promote an understanding of issues affecting largyngectomees.

These presentations aim to support and add value to healthcare professionals involved with treatment and care of laryngectomy patients.

The main modules cover:

  • Dealing with a laryngectomee in an emergency
  • Stoma care
  • Rehabilitation of laryngectomees

The delivery of these modules or any given combination of these modules can be tailored to the time available at any given event. The modules are delivered by laryngectomees and this adds tremendous value to any organisation including these presentations in their programmes.

These modules have been well-received and help to ensure that laryngectomees get the correct treatment and care. Health professionals have told us that after attending these sessions, they feel more confident, competent and comfortable treating and caring for laryngectomees. 

The presentations have been modified to enable us to collect immediate electronic feedback from delegates at strategic points in the delivery of the presentations.  This in turn enables us to have our own in depth evaluations, and to make continuous improvements to the presentations themselves.  

To book a presentation please contact us.




          Bert Culling                   

Alex McGuiggan, Ivor Smith and Bert Culling developed the programme. Bert continues to do a magnificent job in his area in Sunderland and Newcastle.

Tony Smith, Gloria Tuck and Malcolm Babb have joined the team and deliver the presentations in many locations around the country.

Our educational programme responds to many concerns about treatment and care in non-ENT wards.

Topics include:

Recent warning alert added for NHS trusts: We decided to look into this and as a result asked for the help of the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) who carried out a survey in 2004.  In March 2005, after analysing the survey results, the NPSA issued a warning alert to all NHS trusts to ensure that health professionals likely to be involved in the treatment and care of laryngectomees would receive the necessary training to deliver such treatment and care.

Presentation Development: We developed a verbal presentation but decided that an electronic version of this would be more beneficial. So we in fact developed a three module electronic version, under the guidance of Macmillan personnel, to be eventually delivered by  laryngectomee volunteers.  The presentations took over a year and a half to produce and were reviewed by a number of independent reviewers chosen by Macmillan.  When Macmillan were satisfied that the presentations were fit for purpose and followed the correct format for educational presentations, NALC was given to go ahead to go live with them.

Life-Saving Information: A number of us have been trained in the delivery of these presentations to a myriad of health professionals across the UK as part of  staff development events held in Universities, Training centres, ambulance headquarters in NE England and N. Ireland, St John’s ambulance centres and now more recently in some care homes as well.  These professionals have ranged from paramedics to junior doctors, from ambulance paramedics to nurses, from radiographers to speech and language therapists and also first responders, especially in rural areas, many of whom have said that their training never included treating laryngectomees, and so they are grateful they now have this life-saving information.


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