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 Adult Bowel Care Education Day Thursday 28 September 2017

Redbank House Manchester M8 2QA. Cost £15 (to cover administration)
Programme includes:
• The role of the advanced nurse practitioner in a healthy bowel clinic
• Management of constipation and faecal incontinence
• Chronic pelvic pain
• Bowel dysfunction, assessment and treatment
• Networking opportunities and a company exhibition
For more information and to book a place contact the Bladder and Bowel UK Team Tel: 0161 607 8219 or

Bladder and Bowel UK Paediatric Continence Promotion Day Thursday 19th October

Redbank House Manchester M8 2QA Cost £15 (to cover administration)
Programme includes:
• Teaching CIC to children and families
• Nocturnal enuresis – update on recent research
• Impress Network – role in children's bowel management
• Using social media to manage childhood constipation
• Bladder and bowel care – the national agenda
• The use of transanal irrigation in the child with functional constipation
• Networking opportunities and company exhibition
For more information and to book a place contact the Bladder and Bowel UK Team Tel: 0161 607 8219 or

Bladder and Bowel UK National Annual Continence Symposium Thursday 8th March.

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


ERIC’s First Regional Roadshow -  Thursday 19th October 2017
Highlights of the day
Hear about an innovative service for treatment resistant bowel problems
Launch of ERIC’s brand new resource
Experiencing continence services – a parent’s perspective
Interactive workshops, including case studies
Networking opportunities with colleagues and companies
Book soon to take advantage of early bird rate!
Venue: Clare Charity Centre, Wycombe Road, Saunderton, Buckinghamshire HP14 4B
For bookings click on website:

Contact: Jackie Fuidge 0117 301 2102
Sponsored by: Ontex, Coloplast & Malem Alarms

Toilet Training, Including Children with Additional Needs
12th December 2017 - London

This course is aimed at healthcare professionals and looks at how to train children in bowel and bladder control with particular attention given to children with learning difficulties and additional needs
Venue: Scope Offices 6-10 Market Road London N7 9PW ERIC (The Children’s Bowel & Bladder Charity)
Click here to contact  Jackie Fuidge Tel: 0117 301 2102 Email:
Online booking click on link:

Continence modules available through NHS Education for Scotland

Urinary catheterisation management, care and prevention of infection. The promotion of continence and the assessment of bladder dysfunction in adults. click here 

27th & 28th November 2017
SEC Centre, Glasgow 

Following a hugely successful conference in Liverpool which had record attendance numbers, we are pleased to announce that this year's British Association of Urological Nurses (BAUN) conference will take place on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th November at The SEC Centre in Glasgow.

For more information and to register please visit

For further information:  / 01506 292 042

@BAUNnurses | #BAUN17  

Spinal Injuries Association

Managing Spinal Cord Injury- the non-trauma perspective Study Day 6 September 2017,
Venue NCVO, Society Buidling, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL on .

In response to feedback received by our SCI Nurse Specialists , this day will have more of an oncology focus than the previous version, with two presentations on Metastatic Spinal Cord Compression (MSCC) and we will also have two presentations on Cauda Equina Sydrome, from both a clinical and psychological standpoint. With presentations on Transverse Myelitis and other relevant aspects of spinal cord injury, it's sure to be a really informative event.

Our Study Day programme has been developed in order to provide healthcare professionals working in non-specialist settings with knowledge of the complex and sometimes unique issues that affect people with spinal cord injury, and is a valuable opportunity to see experts in the field at first hand, so we very much hope you will be able to attend. The cost to attend this Study Day is £50 +vat for NHS health professionals and students and £100 +vat for non-NHS staff. More information and online booking can be found on our website at

The Study Day will run from 9.00am to 4.00pm (approx) and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Places are limited so please ensure you book soon to avoid disappointment. Our cancellation policy applies to all SIA training events and can be found here:

Managing the neurogenic bowel – Skills and competency training
Dates throughout 2017 Located in both Liverpool and Milton Keynes.

SIA House, Milton Keynes
12 October 2017
28 November 2017 (non-RNs only)
16 January 2018 (RNs only)
15 March 2018 (RNs only)
Bullen Healthcare, Liverpool
21 September 2017 (RNs only- limited availability)
9 November 2017 (non-RNs only)
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)Website:
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

Incontinence: The Engineering Challenge XI

London, United Kingdom
28–29 November 2017

The Institution’s 11th edition of the Incontinence: The Engineering Challenge Conference, will be taking place on the 28-29 of November 2017 at One Birdcage Walk in London, UK.

This event provides the only platform where engineers, scientists, clinicians, researchers, commercial designers and producers, nurses, carers and users come together to address the issues faced by such a wide-ranging problem. People with incontinence as well as caregivers, will share their experiences and describe the incontinence management problems they would most like solved. As well as invited lectures on pioneering techniques, experts from outside the incontinence world will present technologies with the potential to revolutionise current thinking.

Key topics to be addressed include:

  • Recent work on technology to diagnose, treat and manage incontinence
  • Limitations of existing technology and work to overcome them
  • Initiatives to devise new solutions

ACA members can register onto this event at the same rate as members of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Simply, select ‘Member, supporting organisation’ when booking online.

For more information, visit the

Alternatively, contact us on +44 (0)20 7973 1251 or