About ACA

Introduction

The Association for Continence Advice (ACA) is a multi-professional association open to all health and allied care professionals who are working within, or have an interest in the field of bladder and bowel management.

At the Beginning

The ACA started in 1980 with a questionnaire sent to every Health Authority and Board in the UK seeking to identify concerned professionals. At that time there were only 19 nurses in the UK identified as Continence Advisors; now most NHS Trusts and many private healthcare organisations have staff designated as continence specialists.

Commitment To Professional Standards

Not everything is always as it seems and there are many instances where profesional help from your peers will give you exactly what you need.

The ACA through its strong multi-professional membership, its local branches, national and regional conferences and study days will be an asset to you whether you are a continence advisor for your area or someone working in your chosen area with an interest in continence then ACA could well be for you.

ACA Objectives

The ACA are working towards the following key objectives:

  • Represent the interests of our multi-professional membership by communicating effectively, for example, through its newsletter and website.
  • Lead educational activity and support research development within the organisation.
  • Initiate projects and engage with internal or external groups, organisations or companies; and likewise, contribute to projects that aim to maximize evidence-based continence care.
  • Influence UK wide clinical, professional and political developments in the field of continence care policy.
  • Promote safe, high quality continence services that reflect UK wide policy developments.

Multidisciplinary Membership

As continence care has changed, so too has the complexity of members’ backgrounds; with physiotherapists, occupational therapists, midwives, hospital, practice and district nurses, health visitors, lecturers, researchers, NHS managers, health care assistants, nursing homes and doctors increasingly represented alongside the central core of continence specialists.

International Membership

The number of overseas members has also increased, reflecting that the pioneering work of the early founders has gained recognition throughout the world.

Joining the ACA

Join the ACA now and receive the first 6 months membership for free, go to our Join Us page.

External Groups and ACA's Representation

  • NHS England Excellence in Commissioning Continence Care - Cath Williams, Julie Vickerman, Sharon Eustice and Mark Stott
  • All Party Parliamentary Group - Cath Williams, Julie Vickerman, Sharon Eustice and Mark Stott
  • Expert LUTs Group - Cath Williams
  • Paediatric Continence Form (PCF) - June Rogers and Davina Richardson
  • Nursing Times - Patricia McDermott ( Always the ACA Chair)
  • Scottish NES Modules - Wilma Nicolson