World Continence Week

Date: 09/06/21

Free online seminars for healthcare professionals

World Continence Week is an annual awareness event begun by the International Continence Society (ICS) in 2009 and now organised by the World Federation for Incontinence and Pelvic Problems (WFIPP). 

The aim of the event is to raise awareness of continence issues and educate professionals in best practice for continence care, in order to improve health, wellness and quality of life. World Continence Week also aims to create a ‘worldwide network of events and organisations that will be recognised as leading authorities for continence and bladder and bowel health information’.

World Continence Week 2021
This year, World Continence Week will take place from 21st to 27th June. It will include a wide range of events taking place in countries across the globe. In the UK there will be a series of evening webinars hosted by the Nursing Times, supported by an educational grant from Essity and sponsored by Tena, one of the leading brands on the IncoDirect website.

When are the webinars?
The webinars are hosted by Eileen Shepherd, the Clinical Editor of the Nursing Times, and will take place take place each evening during World Continence Week. The sessions will be run Monday to Friday, 21st to 25th June, with each session starting at 7.30. The subject of each webinar is as follows:

  • Monday 21st June: Assessment of bladder function and the continence pathway

(Patricia McDermott, Consultant Nurse Specialist, Urology and QNI Nurse, Bailiwick of Guernsey)        

  • Tuesday 22nd June: Management of bowel incontinence

(Ann Yates, Director of Continence Services, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board)

  • Wednesday 23rd June: Assessment and management of continence problems in acute care

(Nikki Cotterill, associate professor in continence care, UWE Bristol, Jackie Rees, nurse consultant for continence, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Alyson Laws, specialist nurse for continence, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

  • Thursday 24th June: Incontinence associated dermatitis

(Heather Ogle, lead nurse – tissue viability, Western Health & Social Care Trust)

  •  Friday 25th June: Continence care at end of life

(Polly Weston, team lead bay wide bladder and bowel service, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust)

Who are the webinars aimed at?
The webinar series is aimed at nursing and health professionals who are involved in continence care. It is designed to refresh and develop best practice across the specialism and improve the quality of continence care for patients. The webinars will count towards Continued Professional Development (CPD) for the NMC and other organisations.

What does it cost and how do I register?
The sessions are free of charge, but please note they are only accessible to healthcare professionals via registration. To register your interest and obtain webinar access details, click here.

How else can I get involved?
WFIPP encourages everyone involved in continence care to take part in World Continence Week by taking part in events, or even organising their own educational or awareness programmes for colleagues, patients and the general public. Download your World Continence Toolkit to get you started.  

To celebrate World Continence Awareness Week 2021 and the first anniversary of TENA Community, Tena will also be hosting their first TENA Community Facebook Watch Party on the 23rd June at 1pm. Working in partnership with Bladder and Bowel UK. This educational event is designed for the TENA Community, offering advice and management options for incontinence, providing useful hints and tips to maintain and healthy bladder and bowel.

 To register interest for the event follow

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