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Sad news.....

I am sad to tell you all that Anne McRoberts passed away recently. She was Bladder & Bowel Lead in Harrow, North West London for many years. I knew her professionally and personally and she was an inspirational nurse with a wicked sense of humour. She retired on ill health grounds a few years ago. She will be missed by us all, her partner and son.

Jane Young, website editor

'It is time to deliver safe, dignified and effective continence care'

Eileen Shepherd, Clinical Editor of the Nursing Times has launched a blog this week, see the link below!

The National Continence Care awards will take place at the House of Commons, 13 April 2016, 4-6pm Hosted by Glyn Davies MP and Madeleine Moon MP

See the application from below! 


Continence discussed on the BBC following NHS Englands' new guidance, " Excellence in Continence Care"

Following our press release on the EICC guidance, Sarah Elliott and Jacq Emkes have taken part in interviews with the BBC and the piece, promoting the new guidance and continence issues as a whole, is due to broadcast on the Breakfast show, Monday 28 December. We don’t know exactly what time it will air but do look out for it if you can. Unfortunately, BBC Breakfast is not on the iPlayer so you won’t be able to view it after the show. For those of you who are social media users, if you can support us and raise awareness please feel free to tweet. Our national Twitter account handle is @NHSEngland. I suggest using the simple hashtag #continence; #EICC is already in use for a completely different topic! Our press office also runs the @NHSEnglandMedia Twitter account, from which they tweet about interviews so do keep an eye on their feed.

Natalie McEwan
Communications and Engagement Manager, NHS England - South (South Central)

See the BBC slides here!Coverage_slides[1].pptx


Annual Conference & Exhibition 2016

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We are pleased to announce that the 2016 ACA Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Scotland on Monday 23rd - Tuesday 24th May 2016!

Registration is now open and we encourage you to register early to avoid disappointment. To secure your place please follow this link:

The theme of this year's programme is Transitions in Continence Care with sessions including:

  • Obstetric Analysis Sphincter Injuries
  • Update on the MultiCath Study
  • Anti-cholinergic Overload
  • Intermittent Catheterisation – The Real Alternative
  • Professional Standards – What Happens if they Drop
  • Protecting the Pelvic Floor and Perineum Before and
  • During Childbirth
  • Ethical Issues in Continence Care
  • Experience of Neuromodulation
  • Dementia Pathway in Scotland
  • Maintaining Continence in Care Homes
  • Fistulae Management
  • Bladder Cancer

To secure your place at conference please visit the registration website by following this link and book today!


Paediatric Continence Workshop

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Back by popular demand, the Paediatric Continence Workshop will take place on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

The theme of this workshop is 'The Changing Face of Children's Continence' and is aimed at school nurses, health visitors, care and education staff and healthcare practitioners working with children. Key sessions will be discussing toilet training and continence issues in schools, and developing a cost effective paediatric service. This workshop will be of particular interest for those of you living and working in Scotland so please encourage your paediatric colleagues to attend.

Registration is now open and we encourage you to register early to avoid disappointment. To secure your place please follow this link:


Dorothy Mandelstam Award 2016

The ACA are delighted to announce the 2016 Dorothy Mandelstam award.  This award acknowledges the pioneering continence work of Dorothy who was a founder member of the ACA.

The award

This is an annual award of up to £1000.00. The winner will be expected to present their work at the annual ACA conference, May 23rd and May 24th 2016 in Edinburgh. The award incorporates a monetary award of £500 in addition to payment of conference fees and attendance expenses (travel, accommodation) up to £500.00. The winner and runners up will be encouraged to submit their articles for publication.

Please click here for full details on how to enter.

The International Journal of Urological Nursing

The International Journal of Urological Nursing has brought together its best papers on continence care into an online collection, which is available to read for free until March 2016. Please click here to view. 

London Nurse Show

Welcome to London Nurse Show, brought to you by the publishers of the British Journal of Nursing. The event will be held on 23rd and 24th February 2016 at the iconic Alexandra Palace in London.

Free, interactive workshops for registered nurses

London Nurse Show is now an established and important event in the nursing calendar, following the unprecedented success of its first year. The free CPD-accredited conference for all registered nurses offers evidence-based teaching through interactive workshops.

To register your team for their free places today please click here

Promoting continence for people living with dementia and long term conditions: the resource

The resource highlights the fundamental and essential care and support required to give people the opportunity to remain continent and maximise their quality of life. It can be used by people living with dementia and their families as part of self-management as well as by staff working across health and social care. Download a copy of the pocket guide here  or for copies of the resource call 0345 600 9527 

BBC News and Health Articles

Urinary catheters are commonly used for patients who are unable to pass urine for one reason or another, to monitor urinary output or for another reason.  We are aware that they can cause many problems especially CAUTI but are you aware that the design has hardly changed in 80years.  This has recently been highlighted on the BBC by Mandy Fader  Professor of Continence Technology at the University of Southampton by stating that industry must "wake up and invest more" in urinary catheters.  The links below make interesting reading.  After you have read them why not Tweet your comments to @ACA_Continence

Industry 'must do more' to improve urinary catheters

Small tube - big problem

NICE Consultation Document

You may already be aware that NICE have opened a public consultation on the safety and efficacy of Sacral nerve stimulation for idiopathic chronic non-obstructive urinary retention [IP1238]. This consultation runs for four weeks between 26th of June 2015 and 23rd July 2015 (closes at 5pm). Target date for publication of guidance is 25 November 2015.

Please see the link below to view the consultation document, all registered stakeholders can submit comments. Provisional recommendations suggest normal arrangements, which is very positive news (see section 1.1)

Please click here for link.

LUTS Group publishes new report - Who Cares? Uncovering the incontinence taboo in social care.

The expert group on LUTS published a new report, Who Cares? Uncovering the incontinence taboo in social care, which uses the findings from an FOI audit to look at the commissioning of continence support for older people within social care. 

Incontinence affects up to 80% of people in residential care and is second only to dementia as a precipitating factor in care home admissions, however findings within the report reveal that a significant number of older people who receive local-authority-funded social care, are at risk of distress and indignity arising from poor continence support.

The expert group are calling for local authorities to take urgent action in response to these findings and drive open and honest conversations about how high quality, compassionate and dignified continence care can be provided, without compromise, within social care. 

To view this report please click here.

Postgraduate Research Opportunity

A fantastic opportunity for a PhD which will make a difference to women's lives has arisen at Glasgow Caledonian University 'Making pessary care for prolapse woman-centred and evidence-based (then navigate to School of Life and Health Sciences).

Dorothy Mandelstam Award 2016

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.

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

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



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


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





New Prescribing Guidelines on Stoma & Continence Products

New Release Immediate

For Further Information please contact (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

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.com020 7702 2141 / 07824 556238

(Posted: 9th May 2014)


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.

BAUN Annual Conference and Exhibition 2015

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Registration is now open for this year's BAUN Annual Conference and Exhibition

Following a hugely successful conference in Glasgow which had record attendance numbers, this year's BAUN Annual Conference will take place on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th November at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. For more information and to register, please visit

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.

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  and sign up using the yellow tab on the left hand side.

 For further information on using Twitter please visit

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