Spinal Injuries Association calls for better NHS bowel care

August 11, 2018

Recent research undertaken by the Spinal Injuries Association and the personal experiences of its 10,000 members show that NHS provision of good bowel care is mixed with wide variations in the quality of care and how it is provided.

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Advice to new Mothers about their pelvic floor

August 11, 2018

New mothers urged not to run, do star-jumps or intense exercise after childbirth
These exercises put strain on already weak abdominal, core and pelvic muscles
Health experts say celebrities flaunting their post-baby bodies is pressuring new mothers to lose weight after giving birth

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Write an Article for BJN

August 9, 2018

Calling all clinical members .... anyone able and willing to write a short piece for the British Journal of Nursing?
The ACA has been approached by BJN to see if anyone would be interested in writing a short Comment article of 800-1500 words on the prevention and treatment of incontinence-associated dermatitis for the late October issue.
 BJN would need the article by September 17th and you will receive a fee of £75 on publication.We are also hoping to include a short piece to go alongside the article promoting the benefits of being an ACA member.
If anyone would like more information or wishes to be considered for this opportunity, please contact Michelle McDougall at Fitwise

NEW FOR THE ACA YORKSHIRE BRANCH - "Children's Bladder and Bowel Health", 1st Specialist Interest Group Meeting

July 2, 2018

8th November 2018, 10:00am - 14:00pm, Grey wood Hall, Altofts Lane, Whitwood, Castleford, WF10 5QB, for the full programme and to book, please click here.

Non-Physician Practitioners Membership to The International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) for nurses

September 10, 2017

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.

IUGA is proud to offer the following membership benefits to its members:

  • online access to the International Urogynecology Journal (exceptions apply);
  • Free and unrestricted access to the IUGA Academy, an online learning portal complete with material from annual meetings, webcasts, videos and more;
  • A free account and unlimited usage of the IUGA Surgical Database in order to help you audit the outcomes of your surgery;
  • Substantial registration discounts for the IUGA Annual Meeting and Regional Symposia;
  • Discounts on informative patient education materials for your office through the IUGA online store as well as reduced rates on many other items offered on the store;
  • Opportunities to influence practice in the urogynecology field;
  • Ability to participate in live webinars and access to stored webinars addressing the hottest topics in urogynecology;
  • Volunteer opportunities on IUGA committees, special interest groups and other special projects;
  • Connect virtually and in-person with IUGA’s global network of over 3,000 local and international industry peers and leaders;
  • 25% off all Springer published books.
  • For more information visit the IUGA website by clicking here 

Membership Categories and Fees:

  • Non-Physician Practitioners Membership – USD$75 per year
    Membership for Non-Physician Practitioners (Nurses, Physios, etc.). Includes online only subscription to the IUJ (no printed copies).
  • Non-Physician Practitioners Membership excl. IUJ – USD$50 per year
    Membership For Non-Physician Practitioners (Nurses, Physios, etc.). Does NOT include subscription to the IUJ.
  • For more information on membership click here 


Press Release from ERIC

August 20, 2017


In 2016 more than 10% of families who contacted ERIC’s Bowel and Bladder helpline were caring for children with additional needs. ERIC’s expertly trained advisors can offer support and information for families with children who have learning and physical disabilities and those with autism.

Brenda Cheer, Paediatric Specialist Continence Nurse and ERIC nurse, who has written this guide said: “I’ve met so many young people who are kept in nappies simply because of their diagnosis of cerebral palsy or developmental delay. Many of them could be toilet trained and this leaflet explains how to go about it. And for those who simply cannot achieve continence, I hope the suggestions of ways to manage their bladder and bowels will be helpful, and promote their dignity. Toilet training a child with additional needs can be a huge challenge, but ERIC is here to provide information and support."  

An interactive workshop explaining how this new resource can be put into practice will be delivered by Dr Eve Fleming, a special needs expert and continence specialist, at ERIC’s regional roadshow event on October 19th in Buckinghamshire. Taking place in the at the Clare Charity Centre, the one day conference is aimed at all professionals working with children.

Other roadshow highlights include:

  • Dr Eleni Athanasakos will introduce a new Children’s Anorectal Physiology Service for treatment resistant bowel problems.
  • A parent will give their perspective of supporting a child with chronic constipation and overflow soiling.
  • Further workshops: Nocturnal Enuresis practical tips and treatment and a Practical Approach to Daytime Wetting. (These practical hour long workshops will be based around case studies and take a ‘hands on’ approach.) 

Juliette Randall, ERIC’s CEO said: “Following hugely positive feedback from delegates at the bi-annual ERIC conference in October 2016, there was clearly an appetite for more so we developed the ERIC roadshow for autumn 2017, to run like a mini conference. In true conference style, the roadshow will showcase a new service as well as combining innovation with practical workshops and networking opportunities. We are really excited to be bringing the first ERIC roadshow to High Wycombe and hope its success makes it a regular event in the calendar going forward.”

The roadshow is sponsored by Ontex, Coloplast and Malem Medical Ltd. For more information and to book a place visit:

NMC Consultation on Education Framework

July 9, 2017

Have your say on the NMC document entitled Consultation on education framework: standards for education and training

This consultation will close on 12 September 2017

Click here to view the consultation documents

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