Behavioural Treatments to improve bladder control

March 4, 2019

Behavioural treatments to improve improve bladder control by changing the incontinent patient's behavior, especially his or her voiding habits, and by teaching skills for preventing urine loss. These treatments are effective for most outpatient men and women with stress, urge, or mixed incontinence. The average reduction in the frequency of incontinence ranges from 57% to 86%. In long-term care settings, treatment is generally more challenging and yields more modest results. 

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UK Continence Society (UKCS) small research grant scheme

February 20, 2019

The ACA have been approached by UK Continence Society (UKCS) regarding their small research grant scheme. In line with UKCS MDT philosophy they are encouraging nurses and AHPs to get more involved with continence research and apply for funding . UKCS have now advertised their small grant awards for 2019. In order to be eligible for the small grant, the applicant would have to be a UKCS member. Membership currently sits at £10.

To view more details please click here
For terms and conditions of the grant please click here


January 25, 2019


Send your entry to  

World Continence Week 2019
The eleventh World Continence Week is 17th – 23rd June. This global event started as a day in 2008, initiated by the International Continence Society and was developed into a week a year later. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of continence issues across the globe, improving health, wellness, quality of life and a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. It was also hoped it would provide an opportunity to become a reputable forum for people looking for information about continence promotion and treatment for incontinence.
Since 2016 the World Federation of Incontinence Patients has managed World Continence Week and produces information and materials to support the event. These are made available on their website at . However, the ACA are launching a new poster competition for World Continence Week.
Details of the ACA competition to design a poster for the World Continence Week 2019, are below:
The poster should:
• Meet the aim of World Continence Week – it should promote awareness of incontinence related issues
• Be gender neutral or represent both genders
• Be suitable for printing in A4 or A3 sizes
• Conform to NHS standards
• Be in plain English and legible
• Include the ACA logo
• Have a space for Trusts/continence teams to edit e.g. to add their own contact details or other relevant local information
All entrants must agree to the poster being free to download from the ACA website and to unrestricted use to promote World Continence Week. Entrants must also be aware that the poster may be reused in future years if there are no appropriate alternatives.

Urinary Tract Infection information leaflet for older adults

January 12, 2019

We are delighted to announce that we have finalised the development of a UTI information leaflet for older adults who have urinary symptoms or may be at risk of future UTIs. The leaflet may also be used during primary care consultations to facilitate dialogue between a patient and their GP on specific topics like treatment or safety netting. It is important that the leaflet is used as a tool to interact with patients, rather than as a ‘parting gift’. 
The UTI for older adults information leaflet can be found in the “leaflets to share with patients” section of the TARGET website:
We are happy to receive feedback about how you have used or implemented this leaflet and any constructive comments on how it can be improved. Please contact the TARGET team via email at





Register today for ACA Massive Open Online Course Understanding Continence Promotion

January 11, 2019

After years of planning and lots of hard work and commitment by the ACA Education committee  the ACA MOOC (Massive Open Online Course  Understanding Continence Promotion: Effective Management of Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction in Adults is up and running.

The first course started on the 15th October 2018, next course 25th February 2019 which you can register for now. 

Registration is now open, further information and registration can be found at

For all ACA members as part of your membership you will be able to access this course for free and on completion obtain a certificate, so please avail of this valuable opportunity.   The course is not only for ACA members but for all who have an interest in continence, so please share this information with your colleagues.

The free upgrade gives learners unlimited access once the course starts, not before. So, you will be able to start the course from the start date and take as long as you like over the material (i.e. you won't have to study it over 7 weeks - that's just a suggestion). All you must do is email Michelle at Fitwise, Michelle will then log into Futurelearn, add you to the free enrolment and a link will be sent to you to register via Futurelearn.

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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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 


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