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A59 An introduction to continence for nurses and HCAs

Course summary

Today's ageing population means continence care is an ever increasing problem; both the RCN and the 2010 National Audit of Continence Care have highlighted the need for more education for healthcare professionals. This training day will give you a better understanding of common continence issues in the elderly and promote good continence practice in your healthcare setting.

Who should attend?

Newly qualified nurses
Registered nurses new to the community setting or general practice
HCAs in the community setting or in general practice

Important notes

All course equipment, evaluations and certificates included.


Course duration Course CPD In-house Course
1 day(s) 7 hour(s) POA

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Aims / objectives

  • Understand the urinary system's  anatomy and physiology
  • Appreciate the effects of ageing on the urinary system
  • Introduce the causes and common types of incontinence; stress, urge, mixed, overflow
  • Understand skin care in relation to continence products
  • Know the correct use of incontinence pads and catheters
  • Recognise the role of the nurse and HCA in caring for incontinent patients under current guidelines and best practice.

Course programme

  • Urinary system's anatomy and physiology
  • Effects of ageing on the urinary system
  • Characteristics of normal and abnormal urine
  • Signs and symptoms of urinary infection
  • Common types of urinary incontinence
  • Use of incontinence pads and catheters
  • Skin care in relation to continence aids
  • Role of the nurse and HCA

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