Dorothy Mandelstam Award 2019

The ACA are delighted to announce the 2019 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 (or a member of their team) MUST present their work at the annual ACA conference, 10th and 11th June 2019 in Harrogate.  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.

Award Criteria

All applicants must be members of the ACA.  (Please add membership number to the application!)                                                                                        

Applicants should submit either a 2000 word case study on a chosen aspect of continence care or a 2000 word paper on a continence service development that demonstrates compassion and improves the quality of patient care.  The chosen aspect of continence care must apply to a particular group of patients, for example

  1. Women or men
  2. Disease / condition specific, e.g. Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Stroke, spinal cord injury, 
  3. Age specific, e.g. Paediatrics/teenagers/elderly
  4. Learning disabilities

 All submissions should:

  • Describe clearly why the chosen aspect of continence care or service development is significant and unique to that particular group of patients.
  • Demonstrate the use of evidence (research / literature / national guidelines) to inform, change and improve practice.
  • Demonstrate  improved quality of patient care
  • Demonstrate  innovation, productivity or prevention
  • Identify areas  requiring further development

 Guidance for submission

  • Include a front page with a Project Title – name and other details should only appear on this page and not other pages in the submission, to allow anonymised review
  • Respect patient confidentiality and anonymity
  • Avoid mentioning the manufacturer or distributer of any  product by name
  • Use Harvard referencing system and provide a separate reference list
  • Use 12 font size and be double spaced
  • Adhere to the 2000 word limit  


Application Submission

Completed applications should be submitted electronically to ACA PA, by 22nd March 2019, please note we have extended this until 22nd April 2019.    

Judges:    ACA Education Group Members.

The 2018 Dorothy Mandelstam Award Went To: 

Jacqueline Dennis
Professional Adviser Health at Care Inspectorate

Gave an overview of ‘implementation of evidence based continence care in a care home setting

The 21st ‘Look Good, Feel Good’ Award 2018 Winner 

 This award is an annual joint award between ACA and Bladder and Bowel UK and that it will be open again in 2019 to any company exhibiting at our conference

The ACA Conference held at Bournemouth International Conference Centre saw the presentation of the 21st Annual ACA/Bladder and Bowel UK ‘Look Good, Feel Good’ Award (LGFG).

Judges came from a varied background of Specialist Nurses, Allied Health Professionals (both adult and pediatric clinicians), charity and  lay representation.

Only products that are exhibited at the ACA Conference, that have been launched since the last ACA Conference or which have not been exhibited at an ACA Conference previously are eligible for the award.


1st place went to Medtronic 

This year's winner was MAPle, a biofeedback machine, produced by Novuqare and distributed in the UK by Medtronic..A plus that it can help with lots of conditions and good that it can be operated with an ipad
Judges comments on the winning product were:
Compact, looks good, innovative, discreteExtremely good product, would like to trial

The MAPLe High Definition technology enables a patient's individual pelvic floor muscle EMG activity to be seen at a glance, allowing accurate diagnosis and provision of a targeted treatment.
The MAPLe uses high definition technology and is the first system able to precisely identify individual muscle activity on different sides and depths of the pelvic floor. This allows accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment.The MAPLe can be used to reduce or resolve the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, so improving quality of life.The unique design of the probe with 24 electrodes, means the MAPLe is suitable for rectal and vaginal use.

2nd place went toAloe Meatal Plus - Hunter Urology

The Aloe Meatal Plus is a dilatation catheter with a flexible tip. Dilatation catheters are designed to reduce the risk of urethral strictures by preventing narrowing of the urethra from occurring. The natural water based coating of this catheter contains Aloe Vera for a smooth and slippery feel. The flexible tip is tapered for easy insertion.

3rd place went to Kesvir Boy's and Men's Jellyfish Board shorts – Incy Wincy

These new swim shorts have an attractive, vibrant colour are in a chlorine resistant fabric, while adjustable leg and waist cuffs on the integrated briefs provide extra security for the wearer.

Awards for Best Oral Presentation, Best Abstract and Best Poster of a Free Paper at Conference 2018

A Call for Papers is circulated annually to all ACA members. The awards for best oral abstract, best abstract and best poster  are awarded annually at conference.



Presented to: Winnie Yeung
Title: Evaluation the short-term outcome on a structured bladder training program for idiopathic overactive bladder syndrome



Presented to: Margaret Macauley
University of Southampton

Title: User evaluation of web-based information for men with incontinence after treatment for prostate cancer’

Presented to: Deborah Connelly
Title: Enhance-ED: Improving the patient experience for those with indwelling catheters in the community who contact GP

Honorary Life Membership of the ACA

Honorary life membership will be conferred on those members who have made a national contribution to the ACA. Find out how you can nominate someone you know here.

The ACA Honorary Award, 2009, was awarded at conference to Ian Pomfret for his many years contribution to the ACA .

Here Ian is receiving his award from the out going Chair Sharon Eustice.

ACA Fellowship Award

This award is open to colleagues in the field of continence care from around the Globe. Find more details about this award here.

The first ACA Fellowship award was awarded to Ray Addison for his pioneering work in the field of continence care.

Here is Ray receiving his award from Dame Yvonne Moores, former patron of the ACA.

Sharon Eustice, was awarded the Fellowship Award at 2018 ACA conference for her outstanding contribution to continence care, 

Paediatric Continence Forum-2019

The Paediatric Continence Forum have just launched a new award for excellence in care in the transition of young people with continence difficulties from children to adults services.


The press release is attached and more information is available at