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 Bo Yeung

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. 


Enuresis Award 2019

Have you or your team been innovative and made a difference to the care of children or young people with bedwetting?
We would like to encourage you to apply
The aim of the awards is simply to recognise excellence in enuresis care
Closing date 26th July 2019

For more information click here 

Bladder and Bowel UK National Continence Symposium

Wednesday 6th March 2019

Venue Bolton Arena, Arena Approach, Horwich, Bolton BL6 6LB.
For more information about this event please click here 

Bladder and Bowel UK are able to offer bespoke training on a wide range of continence issues for professionals who work with adults and/or children. Contact us for more information or visit our website at or contact us on 0161 607 8219 or at for more information or to discuss individual training needs.  


Toilet Training, Including Children with Autism and other Additional Needs

Thursday 31st January 2019 - London

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

Start: 31st January 2019, at 9:00am
End: 31st January 2019, at 4:00pm
Location: Amnesty International UK, 25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

Healthy Bladders & Bowels

Wednesday 13th February 2019 – Birmingham

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

Start: Wednesday 13th February 2019, at 9:00am
End: Wednesday 13th February 2019, at 4:00pm
Location: Renewal Conference Centre, Lode Lane, Solihull, B91 2JR

Contact: Jackie Fuidge via Email or or Tel: 0117 301 210
Or follow this link to book online:


AUGS/IUGA Scientific Meeting

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

For more information please visit: 

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:-  31st January  21st March 16th May 18th July 17th October

For more information on the course please click here or email
For an application form please click here

ACA Ireland Branch collaborating with Children’s Continence Ireland at National Annual Symposium, Ashling Hotel, Dublin, Wednesday 27th February 2019

Following on from the successful collaboration at the Saolta Urology Nurses Network (SUNN) in Galway last Autumn the ACA Ireland Branch are delighted to collaborate with   Children Continence  Ireland (CCI)  at the National Annual Symposium in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin  on Wednesday 27th February, 2019.

As part of the collaboration process the branch are sponsoring  June Rogers MBE,  Bladder and Bowel UK Paediatric Continence Specialist  who will present on ‘Toilet training for children with additional needs’.

Children Continence Ireland is an independent group of healthcare professionals and patient representatives working together to improve services and to promote best practice in children’s continence care in Ireland. The conference has a varied programme with a host of interesting speakers covering a wide range of topics in Paediatric Continence Care. The Nursing and Midwifery Board Ireland  has award this course 7 CEU’s for Registered Nurses.

Further details can be found on the Childrens Continence Ireland, Facebook page. If you would like to attend please  The Symposium will cost €50

An ACA stand will be on display on the day and  branch members and committee  look forward to meeting delegates from a variety of services working in children’s continence and allowing delegates the opportunity to understand the benefits of ACA membership.

 The Branch committee and members are looking forward at this event and  to working with the CCI committee.

 Stoke Mandeville Study Days for 2018 

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

Study day- Care of the Patient with Neurogenic Bowel Dysfunction
Dates: 12th February 2019/ 21st May 2019/ 10th Sept 2019/ 12th November 2019.
Study day: Care of the Patient with Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction
Dates: 11th February 2019/20th May 2019/ 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                          

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 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 | (Availability: Mon to Fri 09:00 to 15:00)
Address: SIA House, 2 Trueman Place, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes MK6 2HH
Switchboard 01908 604191 | Freephone Advice Line 0800 980 0501 | Fax 01908 208547 Registered Charity No 1054097 | Registered Company No 1054097

Training Courses by De Smit Medical Systems Ltd

Course tutor: Julia Herbert, Grad.Dip.Phys, MSc. MCSP, Consultant Physiotherapist

Advanced management of paediatric bladder and bowel: how technology can help

Date 31st May 2019

Assessment of female pelvic floor muscle dysfunction –
vaginal examination: practical course

Date 18th and 19th June 2019

Assessment of lower bowel dysfunction -ano-rectal examination & initial treatment: practical

20th and 21st June 2019

Use of biofeedback & NMES in the treatment of bladder,
bowel & pelvic floor muscle dysfunction

3rd and 4th July 2019
For more information and cost of courses click here 

Ulster Gynae Urology Society

26th Annual Scientific Meeting on 12th April 2019 Craigavon Civic Centre.

The Ulster Gynae Urology Society would like to invite you to a one day conference and exhibition event which follows on from the success of the last 25 years. This year the Ulster Gynae Urology Society is hosting its 26th Annual Scientific Meeting, and we would be delighted if you could join us.

The 2019 conference is taking place on Friday 12 April in Craigavon Civic Centre. This year the event theme is "The Younger Patient" and it aims to appeal to a wide range of disciplines.

As well as a variety of workshops and presentations on a range of topics including new guidelines on safe return to higher intensity exercise for postnatal patients; voiding dysfunction and the younger patient; and a mindfulness session; there will be a keynote lecture on "Sexual dysfunction and the younger patient". The meeting will be of particular interest to specialist physiotherapists, continence nurses, gynaecologists and urologists and is open to anyone involved in the treatment of patients in the urogynaecology field.

The cost to attend this one day conference is £45.00. Pre-booking is essential. Receipts / VAT invoices will be forwarded to all registered delegates at the event. Please note this delegate fee includes lunch and all refreshments.

Further details can be found on the attached flyer or by visiting

Improving and Managing Continence Care
at the End of Life

Date:-Monday 25 March 2019
Venue:- De Vere W1 Conference Centre, London
Run by Healthcare Conferences UK
20% discount off delegate rate for ACA members

For more information on this conference click here