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

Develop the skills to work with adults with different types of continence problems and understand effective treatments.

3,830 enrolled on this course

Understanding Continence Promotion: Effective Management of Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction in Adults
  • Duration7 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours

Learn how to support self-management of continence conditions

On this course you’ll examine the principles and practice of promoting continence with people who have bladder or bowel dysfunction.

You’ll learn how to recognise and assess the common conditions experienced. You’ll develop the skills to work with adults with different types of continence problems.

You’ll also learn how to create effective management plans to treat the condition, and explore how to minimise the impact of these stigmatising conditions.

By the end of the course you’ll understand how to effectively treat the condition, and support the person to self-manage their condition.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 15 seconds We need to talk about pee and poo.

Skip to 0 minutes and 20 seconds Poorly treated bladder and bowel incontinence causes untold distress and illness and with a growing aging population continence has become everyone’s business. It’s time to break toilet taboos and talk about how we can best treat incontinence. Those of us in the caring professions need a clear understanding of all the factors involved. Whether you’re a nurse, a physiotherapist, a GP, or other health professional, being aware of your treatment options helps your patients to avoid distress, discomfort, and illness. That’s why the Association for Continence Advice have launched this online learning programme to help you consider your options for continence treatment before containment. I’m Jo Booth. For many years I’ve been studying how best to support people with bladder and bowel health problems.

Skip to 1 minute and 17 seconds I’m now the course director for the Understanding Continence Promotion online course brought to you by the Association for Continence Advice. I’m leading a great team of experts from a range of health care professions. And, in this course, we bring our knowledge and experience to you. We’ll explore a range of topics, designed to give you the knowledge and skills to apply the latest continence research to your practice. We’ll encourage you to develop confidence in your abilities to treat bladder and bowel continence issues. Helping you identify issues and finding accurate causes so the most appropriate treatments can be offered.

Skip to 1 minute and 59 seconds Whether you’re a nurse, a GP, physiotherapist, or other form of health professional, or anyone with continence concerns, looking to make a positive difference to your understanding and practice, this course is for you. It’s time to talk about continence and FutureLearn is a great place to learn. You’ll be part of an online community. You’ll learn from continence experts, people with continence issues, and from each other. So, come and join us on this innovative and taboo-breaking course.

What topics will you cover?

  • Paradigm and principles of continence promotion with adults
  • Structure and function of the bladder and bowel
  • Experience of common bladder and bowel conditions
  • Bladder and bowel assessment, dysfunction identification and management planning to provide the ‘right care’ from the outset
  • Effective conservative interventions and how to implement with individuals
  • Other treatment options for bladder and/or bowel dysfunction

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe and explain principles underpinning the provision of specialist continence advice
  • Demonstrate clinical knowledge of bladder and bowel dysfunction in adults
  • Describe the components and practice of effective assessment and explain how to identify different types of bladder/bowel dysfunction
  • Design and implement effective management plans to treat the condition(s), minimise individual impact and support self-management
  • Explore and debate knowledge and skills required to work collaboratively with other disciplines and agencies to effectively promote bladder and bowel continence

Who is the course for?

The course is for healthcare professionals, in particular nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. It may also be of interest to anyone experiencing bladder or bowel dysfunction.

If you are a continence professional in the UK or Ireland, the ACA are offering free upgraded access to this course to new and existing members. Please contact the ACA to take advantage of this offer.

Who will you learn with?

Professor of Rehabilitation Nursing at Glasgow Caledonian University and the Education and Research Lead for the Association for Continence Advice.

Retired Head of Continence Advisory Service, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and member of ACA Executive Committee.

Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist
I have worked in the specialist field of Bladder & Bowel (Continence) care since 2000.
I am a member of the ACA Executive Committee and am Education Lead

Who developed the course?

Association for Continence Advice

The ACA is a multi-professional association open to all health and allied care professionals who are working within, or have an interest in the field of bladder and bowel management.

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