Study Days & Modules

Future Continence Care Study Days / Modules

Continence Study Days / Modules in the UK and Overseas

This information is provided to ACA members as a guide to the continence modules available in the UK. The inclusion of this information, on the website, does not imply that the modules are endorsed by the ACA. While every attempt will be made to ensure that the information is up to date, the ACA accepts no responsibility for the quality or content of the modules.

  • The information may change. If you have new modules or details of continence related modules that may be helpful to ACA members, please contact Wendy Ness

ACA in conjunction with the University of Ulster

Anyone interested in learning more about the ACA/Ulster module can speak with Jo Booth, module leader at

Learning from experience: Find out more about the ACA/Ulster Module, click here.

To download the application form please click here.

The module offers you, as continence practitioners, a unique opportunity to demonstrate academically the skills and experience you use every day in practice. There are no module dates as the module runs continuously. Applications are received at any time and the module can commence as soon as the application is processed.

It is important to note that the module is essentially a ‘do it yourself’ module with no formal teaching or instruction. Support via e mail is offered but it is the student’s responsibility to initiate this support.

The members forum on the ACA website offers those of you who are members of the ACA  a useful way of supporting each other whilst undertaking the module. Remember you can apply for this module at any ACA educational event.

University of Chester

NM6125:Work Related Professional Skills -Urology and Continence
Credit Value and Level 20 credits at Level 6

Urological and continence problems are distressing conditions with a variety of causes that 
can affect adults from any social, economic, racial or ethnic background. 
They cause emotional, physical and financial suffering to the individual, the family and others 
concerned. This module seeks to enable the practitioner to enhance the knowledge and skills required to support this client group.

The aims of the module are to:

  • Enhance the student’s knowledge and critical understanding of urological care and 
    facilitate the application of underpinning theory to different practice settings.
  • Provide practitioners with the advanced skills necessary to participate actively in 
    the management of continence in their area of practice.

Module Outcomes (summary) 
By the end of the module, the student will have an understanding of anatomy and physiology, 

urological investigations, management and treatment options, clinical competencies.

KSF – Core dimensions
This module contributes to the following core dimensions: 

1 Communication                                                
2 Personal and People Development             
3 Health, Safety and Security                           
4 Service Improvement                                      
5 Quality                                                                
6 Equality and Diversity

For an application pack please contact:
Health and Social Care Admissions University of Chester Castle Drive Chester, CH1 1SL 

T: 01244 511000 E:

For further information on the module please contact:

Mike Bellis Senior Lecturer / Module Leader Faculty of Health and Social Care University of Chester
Riverside Campus Castle Drive Chester, CH1 1SL T: 01244 512276 E:

Debra Ollerhead Adult Continence Service Manager Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust
Specialist Nursing – Continence service Fender Way Health Centre Fender Way Wirral CH43 9QS
T: 0151 643 5330 E: 

The National Continence Care Awards

The Expert Group on Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) is delighted to once again be hosting the National Continence Care Awards.  The Awards are organised by MHP Health with funding from Astellas Pharma Ltd and will take place in the House of Commons on Tuesday 20 June 2017.

For the application pack, please click here.

Partnership Module 2017

HEAC348 (level 6)

Effective Promotion of Continence and Management of Incontinence

This 40 credit module offered at level 6 (degree) provides the opportunity for staff to development knowledge and skill into:

  • Development of normal control of and promotion of continence
  • Associated anatomy and physiology
  • Problems associated with control of micturition and defecation
  • Assessment, treatment and management
  • Medical, surgical, nursing and therapy interventions
  • Psychosocial aspects of care

Before completing the application form you may wish to consider whether your current/existing workload and/or social circumstances will allow full attendance and commitment to this course.

A non-refunded course fee of £1000 is applicable to external staff.  A reduced non-refunded fee of £400 is applicable to Cornwall Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust staff.  This must be submitted before the course starts or on the first day.  Places will be booked on a ‘first come first served’ basis, based on receipt of a completed application form authorised by your line manager.

NB - All interested students must seek support/commitment and agree attendance with their line manager prior to submission of an application form. 


This will consist of a 5000 word written assignment and observed structured clinical examinations (OSCE).  If you haven’t written at Level 6 previously, you may wish to consider study skills via


For existing staff who work in a clinical role and who have previously undertaken academic study at an appropriate level. For advice please contact Sharon Eustice on 01726 873095 or via


This is an intense academic course requiring focussed, determined and committed applicants only

Venue:             Knowledge Spa, RCHT, Truro, Cornwall

Times:             09.30 – 16.30

Dates:              May 10, 17, 24, 31; June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 7; and August 3 (OSCE in on 3 August  – please ensure availability for this date)                                

For further information regarding booking a place, please contact:  Michelle Reeve, Project Support Officer  Email: for the application form please click here.

Scottish Pelvic Floor Network Annual Meeting
Friday 12th May 2017

For more information and to register for the meeting please clinic here

NHS Highland Conference - ‘Infection Control Matters’

Thursday 27th April 2017 at Drumossie Hotel, Inverness Old Perth Road, Inverness, IV2 5BE

 NHS Highland, supported by the Infection Prevention Society, is hosting an infection prevention and control conference at Drumossie Hotel in Inverness on Thursday 27th April 2017. This event is free to all to attend.The day starts with registration at 8.45am, and finishes at 4.00pm. On arrival you will receive a delegate pack, tea and coffee is served between breaks and you will be given a full buffet lunch. There will be an exhibition featuring a range of companies, it will be well worth visiting their stands.

 The programme is designed to appeal to GPs and Doctors, Nurse Managers of Nursing and Residential Homes, Practice Nurses, Link Nurses, Staff Nurses, District Nurses, Health Visitors, Therapists. The programme will focus on Hand Hygiene, Nits to Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase (ESBL), Public Health, and the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP).

For more information and to book please click here
Programme Highlights:

HEI: Alistair Mcgown, HEI inspector
C Diff update on improvement work: Ann Chalmers, QIF Infection Control
Improvement work Scotland: Lesley Shepherd, Nurse Consultant
Sepsis: Grant Franklin, Consultant Medicine
Healthcare and cash: Patricia Kydd, Lecturer, Dundee University
TB: Ken Oates, Public Health Consultant
Case study CAUTI: Sarah Freeman



Managing Children’s Continence Problems in Schools

27th April 2017

This course is aimed at education professionals and will help develop an understanding of school's legal duty to children with bladder and bowel problems and help to ensure the right care is delivered.

Venue: Renewal Conference Centre, Solihull 
ERIC (The Children’s Bowel & Bladder Charity) 
Contact:  Jackie Fuidge 
Tel: 0117 301 2102
Online booking:  click here.  


10TH May 2017                        

This course is aimed at healthcare professionals and looks at how to train children in bowel and bladder control with particular attention given to children with learning difficulties and additional needs.
Venue: Abena UK Ltd, Sprint Point, Dolomite Avenue, Coventry, CV5 6US
ERIC (The Children’s Bowel & Bladder Charity) Contact:  Jackie Fuidge
Tel: 0117 301 2102
Online booking  

27th June 2017

This course is aimed at healthcare professionals and includes an introduction to Clean Intermittent Catheterisation, management of indwelling catheters, Mitrofanoff care and bowel washouts via ACE and rectally.
Venue: 200a Pentonville Road London N1 9JP
ERIC (The Children’s Bowel & Bladder Charity)
Contact:  Jackie Fuidge
Tel: 0117 301 2102
Online booking

18th July 2017

This course is aimed at healthcare professionals and introduces 'Three Systems' model for understanding bedwetting, with a focus on a child-orientated, evidence-based approach to enuresis treatment.
Venue: Renewal Conference Centre Lode Lane Solihull B91 2JR
ERIC (The Children’s Bowel & Bladder Charity)
Contact:  Jackie Fuidge
Tel: 0117 301 2102
Online booking

Genito-urinary Tract Tumors, An update in the Era of Personalized Therapy

May 11th -12th , 2017 - Florence, Italy

For more information and to register please click here

42nd Annual Meeting of the International Urogynecological Association

June 20 - 24, 2017 - Vancouver, BC Canada
click here

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to Vancouver, Canada to celebrate the 42nd Annual Meeting of the International Urogynecological Association.

This will undoubtedly be the premier urogynecological meeting of the year. In order to meet this goal, the program committee along with the help of the local organizing committee has structured a unique blend of stimulating science and varied social activities.

Our host, Geoff Cundiff (Local Organizing Committee Chair), along with his colleagues and the IUGA Program Committee led by Roy Ng, have included over 25 workshops, 10 mini state of the art lectures, 5 special lectures, and a surgery session. The IUGA Scientific Committee led by Fred Milani will select the best and most interesting abstracts from the hundreds submitted in order to formulate very enticing and stimulating scientific sessions.

The meeting is timely for all our members including surgeons, physical- and physio-therapists and specialist nurses. For example we are keenly aware of the recent controversies in the surgical management of incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse and the increase in pelvic floor trauma resulting from childbirth. Much of the data to be presented will provide updates as well as guidance for patient care.

Vancouver is a great tourism destination, there will be plenty for you and accompanying persons to do and see and I encourage you to spend a few extra days to appreciate the all that Vancouver has to offer. 

Continence modules available through NHS Education for Scotland

Urinary catheterisation management, care and prevention of infection. The promotion of continence and the assessment of bladder dysfunction in adults. click here 

BAUN Annual Conference and Exhibition 2017

27th & 28th November 2017
SEC Centre, Glasgow 

Following a hugely successful conference in Liverpool which had record attendance numbers, we are pleased to announce that this year's British Association of Urological Nurses (BAUN) conference will take place on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th November at The SEC Centre in Glasgow.

For more information and to register please visit

For further information:  / 01506 292 042

@BAUNnurses | #BAUN17