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 Bo Yeung bo.yeung@nhs.net

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 jo.booth@gcu.ac.uk 

  • 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. 

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Training Courses by de Smit Medical Systems Limited

Location: Yate, Bristol

Course tutor: Julia Herbert Grad.Dip.Phys, MSc. MCSP, Specialist Continence Physiotherapist and Trustee of the Bladder and Bowel Foundation 

20-21st June 2019 & 21-22nd Nov 2019: Assessment of lower bowel dysfunction - ano-rectal examination & initial treatment: practical course £400 +VAT

This two-day course is aimed at practitioners wishing to expand their skill set to include the ano-rectal assessment of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. The course will be held in a clinical environment to gain practical experience in the clinical assessment of posterior pelvic floor muscle via an ano-rectal examination.

3-4th July 2019 & 4-5th Dec 2019: Use of biofeedback & NMES in the treatment of bladder, bowel & pelvic floor muscle dysfunction £400 +VAT

A two-day in-depth training course aimed at advancing knowledge of treating adults with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction with reference to bladder and bowel problems. Suitable for specialist nurses and physiotherapists.

19-20th Nov 2019: Assessment of female pelvic floor muscle dysfunction – vaginal examination: practical course £380 +VAT

This introductory 1.5-day course is suitable for nurses and physiotherapists new to the speciality and those wishing to update their practical assessment skills.

For more details and to book, visit our shop or contact us on sales@desmitmedical.com





Nocturnal Enuresis

This course introduces the 'Three Systems' as a means of understanding bedwetting, with a focus on a child-orientated, evidence-based approach to treatment. It includes recommendations from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), explores ways of applying this model to clinical practice and troubleshooting potential issues this might raise.

Date: Thursday 12th September 2019 09.00 - 16.30

Location: Anglia Ruskin University (Lord Ashcroft Building), East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT


Toilet Training, including children with autism and other additional needs

This course looks at how to attain bowel and bladder control with particular attention given to children with additional needs. Guidelines on introducing care pathways and individual toilet training programmes are provided, including strategies for tackling challenging cases.

Date: Tuesday 8th October 2019 09.00 - 16.00

Location: Abena UK Ltd, Sprint Point, Dolomite Avenue, Coventry, CV5 6US


Healthy Bladders & Bowels including Constipation and Daytime Wetting

This course looks at how the bladder and bowel should work and what to do when things go wrong. 

It includes management of constipation, daytime wetting and general continence promotion

Date: Thursday 14th November 2019 09.00 - 16.00

Location: Amnesty International UK, 25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA


Contact: Jackie Fuidge via Email jackie@eric.org.uk or training@eric.org.uk or Tel:0117 3012102
Or Follow this link to book online: www.eric.org.uk/courses


The Infection Prevention Show 2019
Mon 23rd September, ACC Liverpool

Given the enormous success and overwhelming endorsement from delegates last year IPS are delighted to announce that The Infection Prevention Show will once again be an integral part of the annual conference programme.

Hosted by Dr Phil Hammond - NHS Doctor, BBC Broadcaster, Private Eye Journalist and Comedian, this exciting event will allow the audience to engage through the live App voting system with firms and products; discuss the challenges being faced by front line IPC staff and provide a platform to showcase the latest innovative infection prevention technologies and products.

FREE to attend. Includes access to the UK’s largest infection prevention and control exhibition offering you the opportunity to view new and innovative products and discuss your requirements with company professionals. A large poster area will also be available to view within the exhibition hall.

Registration is required and can be completed online: http://www.ips.uk.net/conference/infection-prevention-show/


AUGS/IUGA Scientific Meeting

September 24-28, 2019, Nashville, TN - USA

For more information please visit: https://www.augs-iuga2019.org/ 

IUGA International Symposium on Birth Trauma and Pelvic Floor Health for Allied Health Professionals

Date:- 29th and 30th June 2019 
Venue:- Croydon University Hospital 
Cost:- IUGA members £49 Non IUGA Members £69 

IUGA has developed an educational and interesting program filled with information about pelvic floor dysfunction, birth trauma, nursing and physiotherapy management, pessary management, and ultrasound and advances in treatment for Allied Health Professionals. In this two-day symposium, attendees will attend workshops and plenary session where they will learn:
• The different options, modalities, and opportunities to treat pelvic floor disorders
• The importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to the treatment of pelvic floor disorders
• How and when to assess the possibility of, and who is at risk for, pelvic floor trauma
For more information and to register, click here https://www.iuga.org/iuga-international-symposium-on-birth-trauma-and-pelvic-floor-health/welcome-message

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National Stroke Nursing Forum Conference 2019

Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton
Tuesday 1st October

The National Stroke Nursing Forum is holding their first national Conference on Tuesday 1st October 2019 at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton and you can now register your place online.

This event will offer a varied programme with inspiring speakers and informative sessions, offering up to 5.25 hours of high quality participatory learning, and the accompanying exhibition will feature a wide variety of companies who have new and innovative products to bring to the market.

Who should attend?
The programme will be relevant to stroke nurses, continence nurses, including community and district nurses as well as healthcare assistants and unregistered nursing staff in stroke.

This Conference is FREE to attend for National Stroke Nursing Forum members and members of the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. Non members can attend at a cost of £36.

For more event information please visit: https://fitwise.eventsair.com/national-stroke-nursing-forum-conference-2019/  

Study day on Bowel dysfunction including digital rectal examination (DRE) and digital removal of faeces (DRF) and autonomic dysreflexia

Venue: Croydon University Hospital 
Dates for 2019:-5th September, 21st November

For more information on the course please click here or email w.ness@nhs.net
For an application form please click here

 Stoke Mandeville Study Days for 2019 

Care of the Patient with Neurogenic Bowel Dysfunction – Theory and Practical

Study day- Care of the Patient with Neurogenic Bowel Dysfunction
Dates 10th Sept 2019/ 12th November 2019.
Study day: Care of the Patient with Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction
Dates: 9th Sept 2019/11th November 2019.

Venue: National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 8AL, Seminar Room 2
For more information click here 
For program click here
For an application form please click here                               

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BAUN Annual Conference and Exhibition 2019
ACC, Liverpool
11-12 November 2019

More info can be found at: www.baun.co.uk/baun-conference


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Incontinence: The Engineering Challenge XII
London, United Kingdom
13–14 November 2019

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ 12th edition of the Incontinence: The Engineering Challenge conference will be taking place on 13–14 November 2019 at One Birdcage Walk, London. This two-day conference features a unique mix of sessions on the latest engineering challenges, solutions, technologies and research managing the problem of incontinence. Delegates can also take advantage of many interactive sessions aimed at stimulating discussion and sharing ideas, including roundtable and Q&A sessions. Join this collaborative effort of engineers, scientists, clinicians, researchers, commercial designers/producers and product users focusing on pioneering techniques and technologies addressing the issues faced by caregivers and patients.

Key features for 2019 include:

  • Patient Panel: An interactive session with people who manage their incontinence using continence products, asking them to share their experiences and explain how they would like products to be improved
  • Thought-provoking talks: Speakers from outside the continence world bringing expertise from their specialist areas to the problem of incontinence and challenging us to think differently about what we do
  • International Speakers: Regular conference presentations from across academia, healthcare, industry and elsewhere, present the latest work around incontinence
  • Interactive Events: A research poster competition and a series of discussion groups, together with plenty of time to network and meet the wider community. As ever, the whole event will be multi-disciplinary and international

For more information and to register, please visit www.imeche.org/incontinence

Spinal Injuries Association

Managing the neurogenic bowel – Skills and competency training

Dates throughout 2019 Located in both Liverpool and Milton Keynes.

SIA House, Milton Keynes
The module is designed to equip Registered Nurses with the necessary knowledge and skills to support patients requiring intimate care interventions  (Digital Removal Faeces, Digital Rectal Stimulation) as a result of neurogenic bowel dysfunction following SCI.

The course is designed to provide delegates with the opportunity to learn more about neurogenic bowel dysfunction and how manage it effectively, with the programme including

The different presentations of neurogenic bowel dysfunction and their appropriate management

The importance of stool consistency and factors affecting it

The skills and knowledge to safely undertake Digital Rectal Examination (DRE), Digital Rectal Stimulation (DRS) and Digital Removal of Faeces (DRF)

  • Policies and regulations in place to support practice
  • Following a written evaluation of learning, case study work and a practical session using an anatomical model, delegates can then have their competency to safely undertake these procedures signed off by one of the Nurse Advocates.
  • Places at each session, which are held in Milton Keynes or Liverpool and sponsored by SIA Healthcare, are limited to 6 delegates, with the cost being £160 +vat per place
  • Previously, sessions were restricted to Registered Nurses, but due to the number of enquiries we have had from other sectors we have reserved the November sessions for non-RNs only. Any non-RNs booking onto this training will be required to confirm at the time of booking that they have been delegated the responsibility for the procedures covered in the training by a supervising RN who will continue to supervise them going forward. 

Our SCI Nurse Specialists, Debbie Green and Carol Adcock, have developed and will facilitate this Study Day. Both are RNs with many years' experience at spinal cord injury centres, and they will cover topics such as the importance of good bladder and bowel management, care of the skin and nutrition. We will also have a personal perspective session from one of our Peer Support Volunteers, Joe Carroll, who will talk with his PA about their own experiences.

More information, including the agenda and an online booking form, can be found on our website at https://www.spinal.co.uk/learn/healthcare-professional-study-days/hcp-study-days/ The day will run 9am to 4pm (approx)- lunch and refreshments will be included, and the cost to attend for people working with SIA members is £50 +vat per place (£75 +vat for others).NB: This Study Day will not provide competency training on procedures around bladder and bowel management or positioning but is designed to be an overview and introduction to good practice.

For more information contact Karen Mikalsen Education & Training Co-ordinator | Spinal Injuries Association

Tel: 01908 604191 Ext: 221 | k.mikalsen@spinal.co.uk (Availability: Mon to Fri 09:00 to 15:00)
Website: https://www.spinal.co.uk/how-we-help/education-training/skills-and-competency-training/
Address: SIA House, 2 Trueman Place, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes MK6 2HH
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