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 Wendy Ness

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.

University of Chester

NM6125:Work Related Professional Skills -Urology and Continence
Credit Value and Level 20 credits at Level 6

Urological and continence problems are distressing conditions with a variety of causes that 
can affect adults from any social, economic, racial or ethnic background. 
They cause emotional, physical and financial suffering to the individual, the family and others 
concerned. This module seeks to enable the practitioner to enhance the knowledge and skills required to support this client group.

The aims of the module are to:

  • Enhance the student’s knowledge and critical understanding of urological care and 
    facilitate the application of underpinning theory to different practice settings.
  • Provide practitioners with the advanced skills necessary to participate actively in 
    the management of continence in their area of practice.

Module Outcomes (summary) 
By the end of the module, the student will have an understanding of anatomy and physiology, 

urological investigations, management and treatment options, clinical competencies.

KSF – Core dimensions
This module contributes to the following core dimensions: 

1 Communication                                                
2 Personal and People Development             
3 Health, Safety and Security                           
4 Service Improvement                                      
5 Quality                                                                
6 Equality and Diversity

For an application pack please contact:
Health and Social Care Admissions University of Chester Castle Drive Chester, CH1 1SL 

T: 01244 511000 E:

For further information on the module please contact:

Mike Bellis Senior Lecturer / Module Leader Faculty of Health and Social Care University of Chester
Riverside Campus Castle Drive Chester, CH1 1SL T: 01244 512276 E:

Debra Ollerhead Adult Continence Service Manager Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust
Specialist Nursing – Continence service Fender Way Health Centre Fender Way Wirral CH43 9QS
T: 0151 643 5330 E: 


Bladder and Bowel UK National Annual Continence Symposium

Thursday 8 March 2018

Venue: Bolton Arena Bolton BL6 6LB Cost £20
The programme will consist of three parallel sessions with one stream for adult bowel issues, one for adult bladder issues and one for children's continence and will be published soon.

For more information and to book a place contact the Bladder and Bowel UK Team Tel: 0161 607 8219 or

For more information on our bespoke child and adult continence training, resources and services please visit


A Wake-up Call 


28th February - 13th March 2018 

Ferring Pharmaceuticals would like to invite you to a UK-wide series of roadshow promotional meetings with key-note speakers, Mr Dudley Robinson and Dr Sanjay Suman. Mr Robinson will eloquently discuss the challenges of diagnosing nocturnal polyuria and further managing nocturia in these patients. Dr Suman will then discuss how the consequences of this bothersome condition can be far reaching, particularly in the older patient.

For full details, dates and how to register please click here




31st January 2018

This course is aimed at healthcare professionals and introduces 'Three Systems' model for understanding bedwetting, with a focus on a child-orientated, evidence-based approach to enuresis treatment.
Venue: Amnesty International UK, 25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA
ERIC (The Children's Bowel & Bladder Charity)

Click here to contact  Jackie Fuidge Tel: 0117 301 2102 Email:
Online booking:


21st February 2018

This course is aimed at healthcare professionals and looks at how the bladder and bowel should work and what to do when things go wrong. It includes management of constipation, day time wetting and general continence promotion
Venue: Renewal Conference Centre, Lode Lane, Solihull, B91 2JR
ERIC (The Children's Bowel & Bladder Charity)
Click here to contact  Jackie Fuidge Tel: 0117 301 2102 Email:
Online booking:

Scottish Pelvic Floor Network 10th Annual Scientific Meeting
Date;- Friday 23rd February 2018 

For more information and Application form please click here 

Stoke Mandeville Study Days for 2018 

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

23rd February 2018, 22nd May 2018, 10th September 2018, 27th November 2018

Cost: £95.00 (Lunch included)
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                          

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

Dates: 22nd February 2018, 23rd May 2018 , 11th September 2018, 28th November 2018
Venue: National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 8AL, Seminar Room 2
Cost:£95.00 (Lunch included
For more information click here
For program clinic here 
For an application form click here

For more information contact Ania Koszewnik, Medical Education Co-ordinator, National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury, Bucks  HP21 8A

Forthcoming ICS Annual Meeting 2018 
Being held in Philadelphia, USA 28-31 August 2018

For more details click here   

BAUN Annual Conference and Exhibition 2018
Date: 26th and 27th November
Venue: Bournemouth Exhibition centre
For more information click here


Spinal Injuries Association

Managing the neurogenic bowel – Skills and competency training

Dates throughout 2018 Located in both Liverpool and Milton Keynes.

SIA House, Milton Keynes

  • 15 March 2018 (RNs only)
Bullen Healthcare, Liverpool
  • 7 February 2018 (RNs only)

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. 
Click here for flyer about the course

At the Spinal Injuries Association, we are very aware of the how the personal care provided to our members and the wider SCI community can impact on their quality of life, and we have identified a real need for training in this area. You may know that as a result, back in February we launched a new Study Day called Caring with Confidence, specifically aimed at healthcare assistants, carers and PAs; anyone involved in the personal care of a spinal cord injured person. The day was really well-received, so we are delighted to be holding another session in Manchester on 5 October 2017. It may be that this is not relevant to your own role, but if you can circulate this information to colleagues we would appreciate it.

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 in formation 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


First Pelvic Floor Summit

Date;-18-20 April 2018, International Conference Centre in Telford

Announcing the First Pelvic Floor Summit, a Joint Meeting of the 25th UKCS Annual Scientific Meeting and 11th Annual Meeting of TPFS. It will be jointly chaired by Matthew Parsons and Andy Williams. The meeting will take place on 18th-20th April 2018 at the International Conference Centre in Telford. Please save the date and circulate this email to your MDT members. 
Click here to see a flyer.

43rd Annual Meeting of the Internationa Urogynecological Association (IUGA)

June 27-30, 2018, Austria Center Vienna, Vienna, Austria