Continence Organisations and Useful Websites
The Association for Continence Advice (ACA) is the UK's only multi-professional organisation for health and social care professionals working in the field of bladder and bowel management that sets out to improve patient care via its membership. The ACA works very closely with colleagues in continence to raise the profile of continence problems and influence UK-wide policy developments in the field of continence.
Continence care is not the domain of any one speciality; any organisation, institution, clinical speciality or individual can contribute towards the growing body of evidence in the speciality of continence.
Promoting continence and product awareness.
Bladder and Bowel UK works to improve life for people with bladder and bowel problems by offering impartial product information, practical solutions and facilitating service development.
Bladder and Bowel UK produces a wealth of literature for both professional and members of the public. Training, both in-house and bespoke is available on a wide range of continence subjects including paediatric continence promotion, functional aspects of continence care, product solutions, etc
The Bladder and Bowel UK Helpline is available Mon - Fri 10am - 4pm on 0161 607 8219.
Bladder and Bowel UK (formerly PromoCon)
10 Priestley Road
Wardley Industrial Estate
Tel: 0161 607 8219
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ERIC is a national charity that provides information and support on all aspects of childhood continence including bedwetting, daytime wetting, soiling and constipation, including children with special needs. The ERIC Helpline is available Monday – Friday between 10am-4pm on 0845 370 8008.
ERIC provides a wide range of literature and resources including leaflets, books, bedding protection. bedwetting alarms, absorbent pants and much more. The current ERIC Products’ Catalogue can be downloaded from www.ericshop.org.uk or call 0117 960 3060 to request a copy.
The ERIC website is full of useful and interesting information including the popular (moderated) message board, leaflets to download, true stories and much more www.eric.org.uk
Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP)
The POGP is a UK based Professional Network affiliated to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Visit www,pogp.csp.org.uk for more information.
Bladder Health UK formally known as ‘The Cystitis and Overactive Bladder Foundation (COB) is a national, patient-based information and support charity. Predominantly we provide resources for patients although increasingly we are finding people within the medical profession are interested in our work and want to share knowledge. We are a registered charity, founded in 1994 and are dedicated to helping people with all forms of cystitis, overactive bladder and general continence issues.
The aim of the Bladder Health UK is to help others understand their bladder condition and the treatments/help available to them. We try to help sufferers with the isolation and frustration of living with a chronic bladder illness and to reassure people that they are not alone. We also aim to advance education amongst the general public and the medical profession into the causes and treatment of cystitis, overactive bladder and continence’
Kings Court, 17 School Road, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 8JG
Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum aims to:
- Promote the essential role of nurses in stroke.
- Share and develop knowledge, expertise and best practice.
- Incorporate research-based evidence into practice, and promote research to improve outcomes.
- Help develop core competencies, education and training initiatives for stroke nurses.
- Advise and influence the provision of stroke nursing services, which impinge on patient care and carers at local and national level.
The membership of the forum is for registered nurses, non-registered nurses and student nurses (until graduation) with an interest in stroke working and/ or living in Scotland.
The Nursing Times are supporters of the ACA and ACA members receive a 10% discount on Nursing Times subscriptions.
The Journal of Community Nursing
The Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) is now in its 32nd year and continues to champion, support and educate nurses in the community. The JCN website (www.jcn.co.uk) also offers vital education in key areas of care through the learning zones, while the free revalidation portal can help you to manage your revalidation portfolio online — safely and securely, all in one place.
Continence care is an area that the JCN regularly covers, and so if you had an article or comment feature in mind, or just an idea about a topic that the journal should be discussing, please contact: email@example.com
Continence Product Advisor
Impartial advice for continence product users & healthcare professionals
Millions of people worldwide manage their incontinence using a combination of products. All of our unbiased advice is written by continence healthcare professionals and based on research evidence.
To obtain further information and to view website click here
The BioMed Centre
The BioMed Centre, based in the Bristol Urological Institute, undertakes research and innovation for improving the health and quality of life of people with intractable urinary incontinence, particularly those requiring urinary catheters. We have a programme of collaborative research activity as the BioMed healthcare Technology Cooperative involving clinicians, academics, patients and industry.
To find out more go to: Biomed Centre
The International Urogynecological Association (IUGA)
The International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) is dedicated to global advancement of urogynecological knowledge and patient care through education and the promotion of basic and clinical research on disorders of the female pelvic floor. In addition to holding an annual conference and publishing the International Urogynecology Journal, IUGA activities include conducting education programs around the world, developing consensus terminology in the field, connecting related professionals and producing patient education materials. Special rates for joining as a nurse. Find more about IUGA and joining here
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Members of the ACA, such as those at the research group at IMECHe , contribute to the many diverse areas of research and development that contribute to effective continece care: Institute of Mechanical Engineers; the Continence and Skin Technology Group; details of IMECHe conference
Royal College of Physicians
A professional body, representing over 20,000 physicians, that aims to improve the quality of patient care by continually raising medical standards.The RCP published their audit on continence care in 2004. Find out more about the RCP here
United Kingdom Continence Society (UKCS)
Find out more about UKCS here
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Simon Foundation for Continence
Are a non-profit corporation dedicated to: "Bringing the topic of incontinence out of the closet, removing the stigma surrounding it, and providing help and hope for people with incontinence, their families, and the health professionals who provide their care." To find out more look at the Simon Foundation website.
The Prostate Cancer Charity
Visit The Prostate Cancer Charity’s website www.prostate-cancer.org.uk
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