Promotion of Continence and Catheter Care

To provide underpinning knowledge associated with best practice for promoting continence and supporting clients with incontinence and provide underpinning knowledge associated with best practice for performing safe and effective catheter care.

To promote the safety and well-being of all patients who require continence support and catheter care.


By the end of the course, candidates will be able to:

  • Describe anatomy of urinary and digestive systems
  • Understand the need for catheterisation
  • Identify and discuss the range of available equipment
  • Discuss infection risk and how to minimise it
  • Describe hygiene and daily care routines
  • Identify which groups of people are at risk of being incontinent
  • Explain different types of urinary and faecal incontinence
  • Describe the different categories of the Bristol Stool Chart
  • List strategies to support people with incontinence
  • Identify what types of treatment may be available
  • Recognise how severe cognitive impairment can impact on incontinence




Practitioners will be assessed by –

  • Ability to answer questions during course
  • Discussion following feedback from activities 


Course content

  • Background
  • Anatomy and physiology of urinary system
  • Catheterisation
  • Indications
  • Types of catheters
  • Catheter valves
  • Infection risk
  • Hand cleansing
  • Hygiene and daily care
  • Catheter fixation devices
  • Urine collection bags
  • Positioning
  • Taking urine samples
  • Continence
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Continence assessment
  • Types of urinary incontinence
  • Incontinence strategies
  • Incontinence treatments
  • Continence pads
  • Anatomy and physiology of lower digestive system
  • Defaecation
  • Bristol Stool Chart (and alternative examples)
  • Faecal incontinence
  • High risk factors
  • Constipation and diarrhoea
  • Management
  • Severe cognitive impairment
  • Daily care
  • Summary


Medex Group Limited
Botanical Gardens Business Centre,
3 Southbourne Road,
S10 2QN

t: 0114 266 5264
e: info@medexgroup.co.uk



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