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Key features

This 40 credit degree-level module is one of only a few courses available on this subject in the UK and has been designed to provide an evidence-based, clinically relevant course applicable to both primary and secondary care environments. By undertaking this module you will have the unique opportunity to network with like-minded clinicians who are passionate about improving bladder and bowel health and meet with a range of experts within the field as well as improving your knowledge and skills in a supportive environment.

Upon successful completion of this course you will have improved your knowledge of the normal control of micturition and defaecation; the range of lower urinary tract symptoms and show clinical competence with assessment of bladder and bowel dysfunction and learned about the therapeutic care available for patients with lower urinary tract and bowel symptoms.

You will gain critical understanding of the causes of incontinence, applying knowledge of physical, pathological and psychosocial aspects when assessing a client; as well as health promotion and education and care of this group and be able to lead the assessment, planning and implementation of evidence based continence promotion and management of incontinence, whilst working collaboratively with other healthcare professionals. You will also acquire the skills to initiate and evaluate changes in practice to improve the quality of care, whilst recognising the political and professional issues related to this area of healthcare.

This course is appropriate for all hospital and community based healthcare professionals across the disciplines who work in a clinical role and who have previously undertaken academic study at an appropriate level.

The module lead, Sharon Eustice, says:

"It is a privilege to design and deliver this course, which is helping to inspire a range of clinicians in providing better care."

This module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some of our BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree

How to apply

For further information on module dates, entry requirements, fees and funding and how to apply please contact the relevant education coordinator for the organisation where you wish to undertake the module, see below contact details.

This module is delivered by:

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Rebecca Holden, 

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Admissions information 

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Prospective student enquiries

+44 1752 586951

Current student enquiries

Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.

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