Dorothy Mandelstam Award 2017

The ACA are delighted to announce the 2017 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 22nd and 23rd 2017 in Belfast. 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.  

All applicants must be available to present the submission at the ACA Conference on May 22nd and 23rd 2017 in Belfast.

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 title page – name and details should only appear on this page
  • Respect patient confidentiality and anonymity
  • Avoid mentioning the manufacturer or distributer of any  product by name
  • Use Harvard referencing system
  • Use 12 font / double spaced
  • Adhere to the 2000 word limit (only 10% over is allowed)


Application Submission

Completed applications should be submitted electronically to Fitwise,  by 24 March 2017 - Extended closing date to 28th May 2017    

Judges: ACA education group

dr-cathy-murphy-award-won-2017.pngThe 2017 Dorothy Mandelstam Award Went To: Dr Cathy Murphy

Senior Research Fellow Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton
Development and Evaluation of A Continence Product Decision Aid to improve care for men post-radical prostatectomy


The 20th ‘Look Good, Feel Good’ Award 2017 Winner 

The ACA Conference held at The Waterfront Hall in Belfast’, saw the presentation of the 20th 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  and winner of this years LGFG Award is Navina TAI Smart System – Wellspect

 Judges comments on the winning product included:
A welcome addition to the range of TAI equipment available, Liked the smart technology option
A product that can help improve patients quality of life
Offers patients the opportunity of more independent living with their bowel regimens.
Good supporting literature
Look good feel good award 2017.pngEquipment easy transportable

2nd place was awarded to Incy Wincy  -  Ladies Skirted Costume

3rd  place  was awarded to FarcoFill, Clinimed  


Awards for Best Oral Presentation, Best Abstract and Best Poster of a Free Paper at Conference 2017

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.

eva-wallace-winner-oral-2017.jpgWINNER OF ORAL PRESENTATION 
Bridging the gap between theory and practice: for the practical aspects of neurogenic bowel dysfunction in the spinal cord injury (SCI) population
Eva Wallace National Rehabilitation Hospital
Yoga Therapy to Manage Female Urinary Incontinence
K W Yeung In Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong
margaret-tiernan-award-2017.jpgWINNER OF BEST POSTER
For Clinical Care Pathways
Margaret Tiernan, Continence Advisor, Roscommon





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.