Short courses
Health & Social Care

Promoting a Healthy Bladder and Bowel*

University Certificate in Professional Development:

Delivered as a distance learning module, you further develop your knowledge and skills in promoting a healthy bladder and bowel and explore the physical, psychological and social challenges of living with incontinence. You consider the assessment of urinary and faecal incontinence as well as first-line treatment options and factors which impact upon the healthy functioning of the bladder and bowel.

Course information

Part-time

  • 14 weeks

More part-time details

  • Distance learning
  • Enrolment date: March
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384110
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants:

Contact details

Further information

You need to allow approximately half a day each week to work through the learning materials. The course is delivered over ten weeks, with a two-week break midway. You also need to allow time for reading around the subject.

There may be opportunities for webinars delivered at set times but the majority of the learning is available for you to access flexibly to suit your own work/home commitments.

This module covers:

  • academic writing skills
  • distance learning skills
  • psychological impact of incontinence
  • social impact of incontinence
  • factors affecting normal functioning of the bladder and bowel
  • the impact of lifestyle factors
  • the assessment process for bladder and bowel problems
  • the theoretical underpinnings for first-line treatments for incontinence.

How you learn

You learn through online resources. We use a variety of tools including recorded lectures, online discussion boards focusing on case studies, quizzes, and telephone or online tutorials. We bring a range of professional experience and knowledge to the module to address the diverse nature of the issues which come into play in promoting a healthy bladder and bowel.

How you are assessed

Assessment is through a written assignment in which you will evaluate the assessment of the patient's bladder/bowel problem and justify the proposed management/treatment options within 4,000 words. The assignment is submitted online with feedback available four weeks after submission.

Work placement

There are no placements allocated for this course although you may wish to make your own arrangements to explore relevant clinical settings to enhance your knowledge and understanding in relation to promoting a health bladder and bowel.

Career opportunities

This module enhances your knowledge and skills in an aspect of care which crosses many professional fields and aspects of healthcare provision. It is intended to provide a broad appreciation of the needs of people with bladder and bowel problems rather than to develop specialist clinical skills in urodynamics or bowel function.

Entry requirements

You are required to have evidence of Level 5 (diploma level) study or equivalent.

* Subject to University approval

Course information

Part-time

  • 14 weeks

More part-time details

  • Distance learning
  • Enrolment date: March
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384110
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants:

Contact details

Further information