Terms of Reference (education group)

Partnership Module 2023

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 £1500 is applicable to external staff.  A reduced non-refunded fee of £750 is applicable to Cornwall Foundation Trust and Royal Devon University 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 www.plymouth.ac.uk/learn


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

E-mail: Sharoneustice@nhs.net

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

Location: Lifton Community Centre, Park Wood Rise, Lifton, Devon PL16 0LA

Times: 0930 – 1600

Dates: March 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (OSCE Practice); June 7 (OSCE) (Please ensure availability for OSCE dates).  Hand-in date for the assignment will be 28 June.                                          

For further information regarding booking a place, please contact:  Lauren Yelland, Education and Training.  Email: lauren.yelland@nhs.net 

Closing date: 27 February 2023

To apply please complete the application form here.


Continence Education in the United Kingdom

There are numerous continence modules and programmes across the UK and the ACA has tried to bring together as much information as possible to support members. If you have any news of continence related modules that will support fellow members contact aca@fitwise.co.uk

If you have had either good or bad experiences from any educational institution offering continence related programmes please also let Bo know as this may be useful to members wanting to develop their skills.

ACA Publications

The ACA from time to time produce various publications, generally these include the Journal and notes on Good practice, there are also several other leaflets and general information sheets. These can be obtained through the ACA administration via Fitwise.

Nursing Times is inviting nurses to join our list of reviewers as part of our peer review process. You send us your list of interests/specialisms and we then contact you from time to time to see if you can review an article for us. We would normally ask you to do this within two weeks but occasionally we require reviews faster than this. We pay a nominal fee of £20 or £40 for an urgent review. The level of experience needed depends on the article to be reviewed but you will need a minimum of two years’ experience nurse post registration.   Please access our guidelines for reviewers here.