Special News & Updates
ACA Ireland Branch Launch
To announce the formation of an All Ireland Branch of the ACA (Association for Continence Advice) The former NNCAF Group (National Nurses Continence Advisors Forum) are delighted to invite you to attend our Annual Conference and help us to celebrate the launch of ACA All Ireland Branch.
On: 26th September 2014
At the: Ashling Hotel, Dublin
To view the full invitation please click here
(Posted: 11th July 2014)
Introducing your new ACA Chair - Janice Reid
I am looking forwards to the next chapter now as Chair and would like to see our association continue to grow from strength to strength. One of my new implementations as Chair is to hear more of your feedback so going forwards there will be a monthly Chair email to membership, remember it is your association so It’s really important to the Executive that we hear all your thoughts.
Take Part in a Global Study!!!
World Continence Week will take place this year from 23rd to 29th June.
The Continence Promotion Committee of the International Continence Society (ICS) is running a global project to help us all understand bladder function better. It is hard to believe but we don’t know much about what is ‘normal’ and the range of different bladder patterns that people experience. So the Continence Promotion Committee is focusing on a Bladder Diary Day which will be launched during world Continence Week.
The aim of Bladder Diary Day is to collate thousands of Bladder Diaries from people all over the world. The ICS plans to use this information to define “normal bladder function”.
There are also promotional materials if you would like to encourage others to take part. You can find these at www.ics.org/
ACA Annual Conference & Exhibition 2014
8 - 9 May 2014, Hilton Birmingham Metropole
Following a sell-out conference in 2013, the ACA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2014 will be held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th May.
For the first time in recent years the main conference programme will begin on the morning of day one, offering three additional hours of session time.
This year's conference programme will be opened by Pam Rhodes, Patron of MHA (Methodist Homes), Journalist and TV Presenter; a fitting way to commence a morning of sessions focussing on dementia and dignity.
For more information and to register please visit: www.eventsforce.net/acaconference2014
(Posted: 4th December 2013)
New Prescribing Guidelines on Stoma & Continence Products
New Release Immediate
For Further Information please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org (020 7702 2141/07824 556238)
A new series of guidelines to support GPs prescribing stoma and continence products has been produced by the Patients, Industry and Professionals Forum (PIPs).
The PIPs Forum will be contacting GPs and CCGs shortly to distribute copies of the new guidance documents. The Forum recognises that many doctors need specialist advice on stoma and continence care, so they have produced a series of briefings:
- Stoma prescribing guidelinesTypes of stoma
- Urinary continence prescribing guidelines
The guidelines can be downloaded free from www.bhta.net/pips.
Ray Hodgkinson MBE, Director General of BHTA, said:
“This new guidance for GPs will support doctors and patients in ensuring that patients with stomas or colostomies get the appropriate care to manage their conditions.
Patients who are prescribed stoma and continence products often have complex needs, and may require a variety of types and number of appliances to manage their condition. Not having the appropriate products available, or available in the right quantity, can cause real inconvenience and distress to patients.
The PIPs Forum aims to safeguard standards of patient care and promote best practice, and to ensure that patients/carers have access to the information they need to make choices about their care, their choice of provider, and choice of treatment.”
Notes to Editors:
PIPs is a partnership between Patient Groups, Industry and Professional Groups involved in stoma and continence care (officially launched in 2001), created to address issues and challenges for patients, professionals and industry working in stoma and continence care. BHTA provides the Secretariat for PIPs, and industry input is provided via the Stoma and Continence Products Manufacturers Section and Dispensing Appliance Contractors Section of BHTA.
Patient groups represented are the Colostomy Association, IA (The Ilestomy and Internal Pouch Support Group) and the Urostomy Association. BHTA provides the Secretariat for PIPs, and industry input is provided via the Stoma and Continence Products Manufacturers Section and Dispensing Appliance Contractors Section of BHTA.
The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) is one of the UK`s oldest and largest healthcare associations (founded in 1917). Its membership - of almost 500 companies employing over 17,000 people - comprises both large and small businesses across the many non-pharmaceutical and assistive technology sectors of the healthcare industry, manufacturing, supplying and serving those with special physical needs and specialist healthcare areas, too.
The products they make and supply are as varied as wheelchairs and scooters, stair lifts, seating and positioning products, patient support surfaces, electronic communication devices, rehabilitation products, stoma and continence products, first aid equipment, aids and services for children and for visually impaired people, and even prosthetics and orthotics.
The BHTA represents large and small companies, organised in one or more of 13 sections covering most sectors of the industry. This unique sectional structure provides a platform for all companies to have an effective voice within BHTA and, through the Association, to influence the development of healthcare policies in the UK.
For further information, contact: Kate Webster, Marketing and Communications Manager. email@example.com, 020 7702 2141 / 07824 556238
(Posted: 9th May 2014)
BAUN Annual Conference & Exhibition 2014
24 - 25 November 2014, SECC Glasgow
Following a hugely successful conference in 2013, the BAUN Annual Conference and Exhibition 2014 will be held at the SECC Glasgow on the 24th and 25th November 2014.
A fully comprehensive programme is on offer to ensure that there is something for everyone.
Programme Highlights include:
Pre-Conference Workshops: on Sunday 23rd November half day workshops are being held on Urodynamics, Flexible Cystoscopy, TRUS and Prostate Biopsy, Radiology for Nurses and Sexual Dysfunction. The aim of the day is to provide specialist nurses with theory and practical experience.
Day 1: Highlights of the first day of conference include the Eileen O’ Hagan Lecture – testicular pain, role of chemo/radiation in muscle invasive disease, active surveillance a debate on current protocols and certification: the American approach.
Day 2: The programme divides into subsections of oncology and benign urology. With expert speakers covering each area, there will be something on offer for everyone. If you are working in either of these areas, or would like to find out more about them, this day will be the one to attend if funding doesn’t cover the whole event.
For more information and to register please visit the conference website: www.eventsforce.net/baunconf2014
For more information contact 01506 292 042 or visit www.baun.co.uk
(Posted: 8th April 2014)
Following in from the Francis report in 2013 the government appointed Professor Don Berwick to lead an expert group to advise the NHS in England on how to prevent patients being harmed while receiving healthcare. Professor Berwick’s group, called the National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England, included 15 recognised experts from the US and the UK.
It was charged with advising on how the NHS can move to a “zero-harm” culture, based on the best scientific evidence from across the NHS and other industries and health services from around the world. There were a number of recommendations made including four guiding principles:
· The quality and safety of patients should be placed above all other aims (which is the safest and best route to lower cost)
· Engage, empower and listen to patients at all times
· Foster the growth and development of staff (though lifelong staff education)
· Insist upon transparency in the service of trust, accountability and the growth of knowledge
The key recommendation that potentially relates specifically to continence services includes the issue of financial restrictions which particularly could relate to the issue we have re ever increasing pad budgets. Berwick stated
“ Quantitative targets and financial goals should not override protection of patients from harm...Resource constraints will undoubtedly continue in the NHS. There are ways of dealing with this reality. One is by simply cutting budgets and thereby placing the burden on staff...The other better way is through improvement – introducing new models of care and new partnerships amongst clinicians, patients and carers that can produce better care at lower cost.
To see full report follow the link below
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/226703/Berwick_Report.pdf (Posted: 5th April 2014)
Patients needed for Intermittent Self Catheterisation study
The University of Southampton has commened a 5 year study on ISC.
Click here for more details - Important new research into Intermittent Catheterisation
(Posted: 15th December 2013)
Nursing Times Continence Care Award winner announced!
Read all about it ACA awards 2014
(Posted: 24th November 2013)
A new national NHS campaign launched raising awareness of blood in urine as a symptom of bladder cancer
(Posted: 11th November 2013)
Help inform national research on Erectile Dysfunction
Prostate Cancer UK wants to hear your views on treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED).
ED is a common side-effect of treatment for prostate cancer and is also one of the most difficult issues that men say they have to cope with as a result of treatment; yet we are hearing from men and clinicians that the necessary support and treatment for ED is not always available.
Prostate Cancer UK is carrying out a survey of health professionals, along with a questionnaire for men and their partners, to inform its work supporting men with prostate cancer. We want to make sure all men have access to the best information, services, support and products to help them deal with ED.
If you are a health professional working with men being treated for prostate cancer, whether you are a urologist, practice nurse, GP, continence specialist or any other connected professional, we want to hear from you about your experience of treating ED.
Please share your views through our survey to ensure that practice in your local area is represented in our findings.
(Posted: 11th November 2013)
Dorothy Mandelstam Award 2014
The Dorothy Mandelstam award is an annual award of £1,000 and acknowledges the pioneering continence work of Dorothy who was a founder member of the ACA.
To apply each applicant needs to provide a 2,000 word paper on a continence service development that improves the quality of patient care or a 2,000 word case study on a chosen aspect of continence care.
The closing date for applications is 2nd December 2013. Please submit this electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
(Posted: 24th October 2013)
The Continence Product Advisor website is a joint venture between the International Consultation on Incontinence and the International Continence Society
A new website providing evidence-based guidance on how to select appropriate products for managing incontinence and use them effectively.
(Posted: 4th July 2013)
The New Look Association for Continence Advice (ACA)
The Association for Continence Advice (ACA) has re branded. With a new logo, mission and strategy the Association is more acutely focused on supporting their members to drive excellent in bladder and bowel care.
ACA Chair, Debbie Yarde said “we are excited about the future of ACA and ensuring that our actions are focused on achieving our strategic aims and our mission which is “Driving Excellence in Bladder and Bowel care”.”
The new look ACA was launched at their annual conference at the end of May in Glasgow and this launch included revealing their strategic focus, which includes working further with care homes, developing a strong educational programme, and influencing the future of continence service delivery.
(Posted: 28th May 2013 )
Help ACA attract new members
Please approach any of your work colleagues who are not already members and ask them if they would like to become members of the Association for Continence Advice.
By downloading the recruitment flyer, you will be able to outline to your colleagues exactly why they should join this growing association.
Click here to download the Recruitment Flyer
If you recruit a new member to the association you will both be rewarded. Current members will receive 15 points which can be redeemed against a variety of items and new members will receive half price membership for the first year if they join by direct debit.
Your assistance in recruiting new members is vital in building a stronger and more effective association.
(Posted: May 2013 )
ACA is now on Twitter: @ACA_Continence
ACA has now joined Twitter! By joining and following the association, you will be able to keep up to date with all ACA news, while communicating with your colleagues and like minded professionals. To follow ACA on Twitter please add @ACA_Continence
If you are new to Twitter and would like to sign up please visit https://twitter.com/ACA_Continence and sign up using the yellow tab on the left hand side.
For further information on using Twitter please visit http://bit.ly/ACATwitterHelp
(Posted: 2nd December 2012 )
2012 Royal College of Nursing Management of Lower Bowel Dysfunction, DRE & DRF launched this month!
These are now in the clinical practice douments library in the members area to download.
(Posted: 22nd November 2012 )
Nursing Times Continence Promotion and Care Awards winner 2012
The winner of the 2012 Nursing Times Continence Promotion and Care Award is University Hospitals Birmingham with Back to the floor continence care rounds.
The Back to the Floor rounds aim to raise the profile of good continence care, facilitate bedside continence education, empower nurses to undertake accurate assessment and provide individualised care. The rounds influence training strategies while championing changes in practice. They offer improved support and reassurance to patients and families, while promoting dignity and independence during their hospital stay. The rounds have taken continence care to a new level, allowing for rapid dissemination of current evidence based care recommendations to each clinical area visited.
You can see the award winners video here http://www.ntawards.co.uk/515688
(Posted November 22nd 2012 )
The ACA needs you!
ACA members are needed to join the ACA Executive Committee, if you are interested please contact Wendy Ness at Wendy.email@example.com
(Posted: 27 Feb 2012 )
A competition offering potential prize funds of up to £45,000 to help accelerate the development of healthcare devices for unmet clinical needs has been launched.
Devices for Dignity (D4D), the organisation that delivers technology solutions to support people with long term conditions, preserving their dignity and independence, is offering the funding to help commercialise a healthcare solution which addresses urinary incontinence - a problem that continues to affect millions of people around the UK.
Up to three winners will each be awarded £15,000 and entrants will be given the opportunity to work with D4D’s national experts’ network, resources and specialist clinicians, bridging the gap between initial concepts, securing grant funding and attracting early stage investment. D4D Competition
(Posted: 1st Oct 2012 )
DIPEx is a national charity, based at the University of Oxford and they are researching patients' personal experiences of living with a urinary catheter-DIPEx
(Posted: 28 Nov 2011)
Please sign this petition regarding a campaign to pass alaw making the provision of public toilets compulsory.
(Posted: 17 Oct 2011)
"Your Pelvic Floor" leaflet has been launched for sale by the ACA to continence care organisations and professionals aimed specially at helping teenagers understanding and look after their pelvic floor.
(Posted: 07 Oct 2011)