Welcome to the National Tracheostomy Safety Project website

This site contains the resources developed by the UK National Tracheostomy Safety Project.

We have collaborated widely with the key stakeholders in tracheostomy care and developed guidance by consensus. These resources are supported by extensive e-learning packages developed with the Department of Health e-learning for healthcare project.

Since 2012 we have worked with the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative to improve care for patients around the world. The GTC launched worldwide in 2014. GTC



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Major NCEPOD report launched in UK in 2014. See NCEPOD & NTSP pages.

Paediatric algorithms under developement. See NTSP-Paeds pages

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The NTSP emergency algorithms, bed-head signs, e-learning and supporting videos and materials are available from the Medical Resources section.

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NTSP Manual 2013 is available to download. NTSP resources are now available for iPhone and iPad. Other smartphone Apps coming soon.

Comprehensive Tracheostomy Care - the NTSP Manual is available in hardback from April 2014. Links on Amazon and Wiley-Blackwell here.

Comprehensive Tracheosotmy Care SH Prof Hawking at the GTC










Prof Stephen Hawking helped launch GTC Europe at the Royal College of Surgeons, London in July 2014. See his keynote address here.

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Whilst this information has been collected and designed to help in clinical management, the authors do not accept any responsibility for any harm, loss or damage arising from actions or decisions based on the information contained within this website and associated publications. Ultimate responsibility for the treatment of patients and interpretation of these materials lies with the medical practitioner / user. The opinions expressed are those of the authors. The inclusion in this publication of material relating to a particular product or method does not amount to an endorsement of its value, quality, or the claims made by its manufacturer.


We have developed 3 e-learning modules in partnership with the NHS
e-learning for healthcare project and the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

Click for eLfH website

Visit e-Learning for more information.

Emergency Algorithms

The project has collaborated with multidisciplinary stakeholders to develop unique guidelines for managing tracheostomy and larynegctomy emergencies.

View NTSP published guidelines paper here in Anaesthesia.

More information in the Algorithms pages.

Videos & Resources

We have developed a library of videos to demonstrate key steps in the routine and emergency management of neck breathing patients.

Click here to view our YouTube library

You can access our printed resources including the NTSP Manual 2013 from the Medical Resources page.