Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsHello and welcome to the final week of your Understanding Continence Promotion course brought to you by the Association for Continence Advice. During the past 6 weeks you've learned about how the bladder and bowel work. You’ve explored attitudes and approaches to promoting continence, and learned how to carry out a bladder and bowel assessment. You’ve also considered how to work in partnership with the people we support, empowering them to take control of their own treatment in order to promote continence. This week you’ll explore the ideas and practices around managing incontinence as opposed to promoting continence. This is - probably - a large part of what many of you do in your day to day working lives.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsDuring this weeks’ activities we encourage you to look more closely at your own practice. Challenge some common misconceptions about bladder and bowel dysfunction. And we encourage you to think about - and discuss what you can do to improve continence care in your area. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your own opinions and arguments. This will help you drive forward successful treatment and effective support for continence in your own area and practice. I hope you enjoy this final week. Very best of luck with it!

Welcome to week 7

In this video, Professor Jo Booth welcomes you to week 7. You have spent the past six weeks learning about how to promote and maintain good bladder and bowel health through understanding how the bladder and bowel work, the causes of urinary and faecal incontinence and options for improving or curing symptoms.

All this enables you to carry out a comprehensive, holistic assessment and treatment.

What are the consequences of not carrying out a comprehensive, holistic assessment?

We know that, although there are pockets of good practice everywhere, a large number of people in hospital are encouraged to wear containment products ‘just in case’ they leak, which can lead to a reliance on products and a loss of confidence in their ability to remain dry, or unsoiled without them.

We also know that there is a high usage of containment products in the community, within care homes and in home care, especially where there has not been a comprehensive continence assessment completed. People routinely buy their own containment products to avoid the embarrassment of admitting they have a problem and/or in the belief that nothing can be done.

The Continence Paradigm has demonstrated that generally we are good at containing incontinence, but there needs to be a shift towards always supporting individuals to remain continent first, before we consider using products to contain leakage. As we have seen in the previous sessions promoting continence involves behavioural treatment, toileting assistance and/or use of medication.

In this final week we will tackle some of the ‘containment’ issues head on and encourage you to discuss and reflect for yourself, formulating your own clear arguments for promotion of continence and using containment as a temporary or absolute last option.

Don’t forget to capture your thinking in your learning log or portfolio as you work through this week’s content.

Share this video:

This video is from the free online course:

Understanding Continence Promotion: Effective Management of Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction in Adults

Association for Continence Advice

Get a taste of this course

Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join: