Course Description

This course aims to introduce participants to the topic of managing continence in Health and Social Care. Whether you are a healthcare assistant or newly qualified healthcare professionals, such as, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists embarking on that journey, or need to keep your skills up to date, Care Learning & Development can provide the level of support that you need. The course may also be of interest to anyone experiencing bladder or bowel dysfunction.

Our Continence Management training course syllabus includes everything there is to know about the principles and practice of promoting continence with people who have bladder or bowel dysfunction.

Participants will gain an understanding of the different types of incontinence, the common causes of incontinence and the effects that problems with continence can have on an individual. The course has been designed with the intent of encouraging learners to think of ways to support individuals to express their preferences about their continence needs and help individuals manage continence safely. This includes considerations of risks that may arise, personal hygiene, disposal of waste, the importance of a clean and tidy environment and the appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment.

Participants will have the opportunity to be introduced to the different types of continence equipment available and learn how to support their use.

The session will be conducted by one of our expert clinical trainers, who is either a nurse or a doctor with an abundance of clinical and complex care experience and knowledge, learners will be observed and evaluated throughout the day.

Learning Outcomes

After this half-day course staff will be able to:

  • Explain how a healthy bladder and bowel function and demonstrate clinical knowledge of bladder and bowel dysfunction in adults
  • Outline the different types of incontinence, assessments, treatments and management solutions available
  • List the barriers to continence
  • Have the confidence to have open and non-judgemental discussions about incontinence with an individual, their family and carers
  • Understand the needs of someone with incontinence and the impact the condition can have on them
  • Help the individual with incontinence to manage their condition and support their quality of life and maintain their dignity and privacy
  • Design and implement effective management plans to treat the condition(s), minimise individual impact and support self-management

There is no formal assessment for this course, although there is an expectation that the delegates will participate in the group activities and discussions to allow the learning to take place.