Special News & Updates
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)
ACA Harm Free Care Seminar 2014
8 or 9 May 2014, Birmingham
The Association for Continence Advice (ACA) is hosting a Harm Free Care Seminar in Birmingham in May aimed at care staff working in long term care settings who look after clients with varying bladder and bowel problems. This conference will appeal to registered nurses and care home assistants.
For more information and to register please visit: www.eventsforce.net/acaseminar2014
(Posted: 4th 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)
RCN Joint Continence Care / Neuroscience conference and exhibition
(Posted: 21st June 2013)
The New Look Association for Continence Advice (ACA)
The Association for Continence Advice (ACA) has rebranded. 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 )
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 email@example.com
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
To view the final brochure and event programme CLICK HERE
(Posted: 21st 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)
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
(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)
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)