Special News & Updates
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.
Land's End to John O'Groats
Cycling 892.9 miles to Raise Money for Friendship
To donate, please visit: www.eventsforce.net/johnscycle2013
In June 2013, John Matthews is planning to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for his friend Nick who was sadly struck down with cerebral malaria whilst working as an ophthalmic surgeon restoring sight to thousands of people in Malawi.
The money raised will help contribute to some of the costs Nick faces for his physiotherapy and other care that is essential for his daily life.
John’s plan is to reach John O'Groats on Friday 21st June - the longest day of the year. This will mean that John will be cycling around 100 miles a day for 12 days.
If you would like to donate, please visit: www.eventsforce.net/johnscycle2013
For live updates on John’s progress please follow @Johnfitwise on Twitter
Consultation : Epic 3
Consultation: Epic3 - National Guidelines for the prevention of healthcare-associated infections in NHS hospitals and other acute care settings
Commissioned by the Department of Health, the University of West London is currently revising the Epic2 national guidelines. Epic3 is scheduled for publication in November 2013. The scope of the revised guidelines includes the following:
· Standard Principles for Infection Prevention
· Prevention of infection associated with indwelling urethral catheters
· Prevention of infection associated with intravascular access devices (central & peripheral)
The draft of the revised guidelines will appear on the University website on Monday 27 May at the following address:
The deadline for receipt of comments is Friday 21 June 2013 so the ACA need your comments prior to this date, please send them to ACA chair Debbie Yarde email@example.com
(Posted: 7th May 2013 )
BAUN Annual Conference 2013
Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate - 4th and 5th November 2013
The British Association of Urological Nurses would like to invite you to attend their annual conference being held at the Harrogate International Centre on the 4th and 5th November 2013. This year's conference has been awarded 7 CPD credits from the Royal College of Pathologists.
We are delighted once again to offer delegates pre-conference workshops focusing on Urodynamics, Flexible Cystocopy and TRUS Biopsy on Sunday 3rd November 2013. The aim of these workshops is to provide specialist nurses with theory and practical experience. These workshops were very popular last year and they were highly evaluated so early registration is recommended.
As ever the conference programme is packed and varied to ensure there is something for everyone, highlights include:
Day 1: We have two sessions from Professor Mark Emberton, one of which is 'Targeted HiFu the results so far'. We also have an MDT - Intermittent Hormones Debate with Dr Heather Payne and Dr Paula Wells.
Day 2: On Tuesday the programme divides into two subsections on oncology and benign urology.
To view the full programme and to book please visit: www.eventsforce.net/baunconf2013
Please make sure and take advantage of the early bird rates by booking before Monday 2nd September 2013.
You can be part of this exciting event by presenting a paper or poster. Presenting at conference is the ideal opportunity to share research, communicate good practise and engage with link minded urology professionals. The deadline for entries is Monday 26th August 2013, for more information please visit: www.eventsforce.net/baunconf2013
Make sure you put the 4th - 5th November in Harrogate in your diary.
Incontinence: The Engineering Challenge IX
2 day Seminar, London
Tuesday 5 November 2013 - Wednesday 6 November 2013
FINAL CALL FOR PAPERS - Please contact Anissa on firstname.lastname@example.org
As Europe's leading seminar on engineering solutions to incontinence, this two-day seminar brings together engineers, clinicians, researchers, commercial designers and manufacturers, nurses, carers and users. As well as lectures featuring the very latest research and thinking, experts from outside the incontinence world will present technologies with the potential to revolutionise current practice.
The seminar programme consists of invited lectures and submitted papers. The main programme topics will include, but are not limited to:
- Recent work on technology to diagnose, treat and manage incontinence
- Limitations of existing technology and work to overcome them
- Initiatives to devise brand new solutions
(Posted: 21st Mar 2013 )
PFIG award 2013
Judging starts May 18th for this years award with a prize of £500.
Click here for an application form! PFIG 2013
(Posted: 15th Mar 2013 )
International Urogynecological Association (IUGA)
38th Annual Meeting in Dublin, Ireland at the Convention Centre Dublin; 28 May – 1 June, 2013. For more information please visit our website at www.iuga2013.com
(Posted: 13 Mar 2013)
Nursing Times Awards 2013
We are supporting the Nursing Times Awards 2013, Continence promotion and Care category.
The Continence promotion and Care category rewards initiatives and innovations that promote continence, increase the effectiveness of care and improve the quality of life of people with these problems.
If you have put in place initiatives and innovations that demonstrate how a change in practice has resulted in improvements in patients or clients continence or enhancement of their dignity and quality of life then enter today.
To enter visit: www.ntawards.co.uk
(Posted: 12 Mar 2013)
The Shire Innovation Fund for Specialist Nurses (SpNs) in Bowel Care (formerly the Shire Innovation Fund for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Nurses) is part of Shire Pharmaceuticals’ continuing commitment to supporting initiatives that improve the outcomes for patients with IBD and bowel continence disorders.
The aim of the Shire Innovation Fund is to support nurses working in IBD and continence advisors working in bowel care who want to develop their services further for the benefit of patients. The Fund makes available grants of up to a maximum of £1,500.
Please see attached an information sheet with more details on the Fund and how to apply, along with an application form which can be posted to Shire Innovation Fund for SpNs in Bowel Care, Synergy, 16 Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 6UW or can be returned by email to ShireInnovation@synergymedical.co.uk. Alternatively, you can apply online at www.shireinnovationfunds.co.uk
The deadline for applications is 5pm, 3rd April 2013.
Sponsored by Shire Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
UK/LO/CORP/12/0408a Date of preparation: November 2012
(Posted: 13 Feb 2013)
The British Journal of Nursing Awards 2013 seek to celebrate the clinical excellence and innovation of nurses in a range of clinical areas worldwide.
Call for nominations:
(Posted: 10 Jan 2013)
The ACA announces the 2013 Dorothy Mandelstam Awards, read the criteria below...
(Posted: 9 Jan 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 )
The ACA announces the 2012 Dorothy Mandelstam Awards, read the criteria below...
(Posted: 28 Nov 2011)
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)
Winners of the Continence Promotion and Care & Child, Adolescent, Maternity
and Neonatal Services categories were...
NHS North Lancashire, NHS Highland, NHS Central Lancashire, PromoCon Disabled Living NW with support from ACA and NEEN/Patterson Medical NHS - By Teenagers for Teenagers: engaging teenage girls in an innovative approach to pelvic floor health promotion.
Read more on the Nursing Times website - Pelvic floor health: information for teenagers | Practice | Nursing Times
Huge congratulations on winning an amazing 2 awards with the Teenage Pelvic Floor Leaflet!
(Posted: 05 Nov 2011)
BJN Continence Care Award 2012
Incontinence can have a profound impact on the quality of life of the people it affects. The BJN Awards would like to recognize excellence in continence nursing this year.
The continence award is open to an individual or team who have shown innovation or made a significant impact on patients in their care.www.bjnawards.co.uk
(Posted: 20 Dec 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)
Debbie Yarde new Chair of the ACA...
Debbie replaces Doreen McClurg who stands down after two years of great work leading the Association.
(Posted: 14 May 2011)