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ACA Annual Conference & Exhibition 2015

Registration is now open for ACA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2015

Following a hugely successful conference in Birmingham which again was sold out, we are delighted to announce that ACA Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held on the 4th and 5th June 2015 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole.

The theme of this year's programme is Combatting Challenges to Continence across the Age Span which will focus on contemporary continence issues affecting people of all ages and their families and the staff who work with them.

There will also be an extensive exhibition which will feature over 50 companies offering new innovative products and practical solutions.

To secure your place at conference please visit the registration website and book today!

The comprehensive programme has been designed based on previous delegate feedback and will tackle contemporary issues affecting those working within continence care. Programme highlights include:

• The Future of Continence Services
• Urology in Transition
• Consent Through The Ages
• Ketamine
• Post Natal Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction
• CAUTI Reduction
• IBS and Diet
• Bowel Medication
• Perspective and Managing Long Term Catheter Use
• Supra-pubic Catheters: A Practical Guide

To view the full programme and to register please visit the conference website.

If you are struggling to secure finances to attend the ACA Annual Conference please contact your local ACA Branch to apply for funds. For more information CLICK HERE

There are plenty of opportunities for you to contribute to this year's prorgramme. Have you ever thought about submitting an abstract for a free paper or poster presentation? By presenting your information at conference you are helping to educate and inspire others in your field of expertise and you could potentially win up to £250!

This is your opportunity to be part of conference so simply follow this easy step-by-step submission process. CLICK HERE

Closing date for applications is Monday 6th April 2015.

We hope you can join us on the 4th and 5th June 2015 in Brighton.

(Posted 10th December 2014)


ACA Chair's Monthly Email - November 2014

Dear ACA members

I’m sure like me you are all getting busy in the run up to Christmas with a lot more demands on your precious time!

Just a few items of ACA news I wanted to bring to your attention this month: -

  • Registration for Conference 2015 will open on 8th December 2014 – not long to wait now so look out for your email with all the details you need!!!  Remember that the residential packages which offer exceptional value for money sold out early last year so don’t leave it too late.  As previously mentioned, the conference organising group have worked really hard to develop an interesting and informative programme.  Details of dates and programme information are coming to the website soon!
  • Also applications for the 2015 Dorothy Mandelstam award are now invited.  This annual award is in recognition of the pioneering continence work by Dorothy who was a founder member of ACA.  I would encourage all members to consider applying for this prestigious award which has a value of up to £1000 – includes £500 monetary award and 2015 conference fees and expenses up to £500.  The winner will present their work at the 2015 Conference in Brighton.   For details on how to enter please click here.
  • Fitwise recently emailed all existing members who currently pay by direct debit with exciting news that we hope will make paying by direct debit more efficient and simpler for you.  If you currently pay by direct debit then as of January 2015 direct debits will come through via a new system called GoCardless, this system is replacing the Direct Debit Solutions system that is currently used to manage your direct debit payment.  You may be wondering what this means to you.  At this stage all you need to do is to authorise and agree for your payment to go via GoCardless instead of via the current system and cancel your existing direct debit with your bank.  Your membership is already fully paid and your GoCardless direct debit will ONLY take effect at your renewal date.  If you do not currently pay by direct debit and are interested in this payment option then please feel free to advise Fitwise that you would like to sign up to Go Cardless.  They will be happy to add you to a payment plan which coincides with your current renewal date.  Any question please contact ACA@fitwise.co.uk

Thanks again to you all for supporting ACA through your membership



Janice Reid

ACA Chair

(Posted: 21st November 2014)


Dorothy Mandelstam Award 2015

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.

For full details and how to apply, please go to the Education tab of this website and select Awards.

(Posted: 20th November 2014)


Nursing Times Award

On 29 October more than 1,100 nursing professionals gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel, to hear which initiatives have inspired the nursing community over the last year and to see who walked away with a

This year we had a fantastic year for entries with nearly 800 entries from 306 organisations and a record number of people in the room. It was as always an inspirational night which honoured the amazing work that nurses carry out every day.

This year the winner of the Continence Promotion and Care award was Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Their project focused on patients with neurological pathology following spinal cord injury who at some stage require management of their bowels with digital rectal removal of faeces (DRF). The trust’s focus was to change the prejudice attached to DRF. With courage and compassion, the team fought against outdated opinions to develop a holistic effective service led by the patient.

By creating a network of champions, staff nurses have access to support and education to further develop this pathway, recognising and acting upon patients’ needs from admission to discharge. The team is committed to maintaining patient dignity in what can often be seen as a taboo subject.


Birmingham Women’s NHS FT

This is a dedicated, multidisciplinary specialist service for the approximately 400 women a year sustaining obstetric anal sphincter trauma during childbirth. The OASIS service has continued to develop and now provides the first “one-stop” OASIS service in the West Midlands, offering complete care for women with a history of this type of trauma, both in the antenatal and postnatal period.

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust Group clinic education sessions are run for parents/carers of children with constipation and soiling to empower families so they have the confidence to manage their child. Sessions include symptoms of constipation; overflow soiling; disimpaction and maintenance therapy; toileting, behavioural and schooling issues; how laxatives work and when to use them.  ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence) The ERIC Nurse Project, hosted by North Bristol NHS Trust, is the first of its kind. It improves education and awareness of childhood continence among parents and health professionals. This project is unique as it contacts parents of every child, not just those who present with problems, to promote healthy bladder and bowels. 

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust A large proportion of patients were not receiving adequate, timely continence assessments, which resulted in a large number of avoidable moisture lesions and an overspend in the continence budget. Through education and work-based coaching, the trust improved wait times, product spend per patient and incidence of moisture lesions.  The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT The re-admission project’s objective was to implement best practice to reduce and prevent avoidable admissions of catheter associated urinary tract infections and urinary tract infections into secondary care from care homes. The project team worked collaboratively with health professionals across primary, secondary and community care.

Scottish Spina Bifida Association

The project aimed to provide initial face-to-face assessment, ongoing support and advice from a continence nurse using telehealth intervention to assist in achieving greater independence in this area. The project confirmed that young people felt more confident in discussing intimate issues with the health professional and encouraged self-management and a greater sense of wellbeing.

If you would like to know more about Nursing Times awards and how to enter in 2015 visit www.ntawards.co.uk/home

(Posted:12th November 2014)

Development of a clinical trail of a mixed (single-use and re-usable) catheter management package for users of intermittent catheterisation - The Multicath Study

We are undertaking a major NHS-funded research project to determine if using a mixed package (combination of single and re-usable catheters) is at least as good as single use in terms of safety and user acceptability.  

The study involves gathering information on current national and international practices and policies, and ascertaining the views of appropriate clinicians, manufacturers, DACS and service providers. Specifically, we need clinicians who are, or have been involved in teaching IC and selecting catheters, and/or supplying or managing such services to complete our survey.  

The survey should only take 15-20 minutes of your time, and can be accessed by copying and pasting the link:


The expert knowledge of this organisation’s members is vital to inform our proposed future work. Please encourage colleagues to complete the survey as well.

We thank you in anticipation.

If you would like to find out more about the program of research or have any concerns please contact:

Doreen McClurg

PI Module 3 MuitICath

NMAHP Reaserch Unit

Glasgow Caledonian University

G4 0BA

Tel: +44(0) 141 331 8105

Email: doreen.mcclurg@gcu.ac.uk


Margaret MacAulay

Research Nurse/Project Manager

Continence &skin Technology Group


105A, 1st floor, Wolfson House

2-10 Stephenson Way

London, NW1 2HE

Tel: 00 44 (0)20 35495417

Email: m.macaulay@ucl.ac.uk

(Posted: 24th September 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.





New Prescribing Guidelines on Stoma & Continence Products

New Release Immediate

For Further Information please contact

kate.webster@bhta.com (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 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. kate.webster@bhta.com, 020 7702 2141 / 07824 556238

(Posted: 9th May 2014)



BAUN Annual Conference & Exhibition 2014

24 - 25 November 2014, SECC Glasgow

Registration: www.eventsforce.net/baunconf2014

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)


Berwick report

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

Cancer Research

(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.


Erectile Dysfunction - Health Professional Survey

 (Posted: 11th November 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 documents 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.ness@dsl.pipex.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)

WC PetitionPetition for Public Toilets Law...

Please sign this petition regarding a campaign to pass alaw making the provision of public toilets compulsory.        

View and sign the e-petition...

(Posted: 17 Oct 2011)


Brighton 2012Pelvic Floor Leaflet Launched Specially for Teenagers...

"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.

Read more and order your leaflets...

(Posted: 07 Oct 2011)

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