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Continence Specialist Nurse

Clinical Practice
Career Pathway

Career Directions

  • Clinical Practice

Area of Practice

  • Adult Nursing


  • Community/Primary Care

Job/Role Summary

Participate in Nurse Led clinics (Trust wide), assessing and reviewing patients with bladder and bowel dysfunction.

Jointly hold management responsibility for the Continence Team.

Undertake training for Community Nursing staff, Health Care Assistants and Allied Health Professionals in Continence Related Issues.

Participate in Service Improvement.

Participate in Continuous Professional Development.


Specific qualifications and experience required


Post Grad qualification (desirable)

Continence stand alone Module

Undertaking of relevant e-learning (Continence Assessment, Catheterisation, DRE training)

NMC recordable Specialist Practice Qualification (since 2016 this is required to use the title Specialist)


Career Milestones

Undertaking District Nursing course.

Undertaking further study in Continence/ Urology

Being appointed as Band 7


What attracted you to this job?

Had an interest in Continence Care. Also wanted to participate in Quality Improvement Initiatives/ Service Improvement.


Enjoyable aspects of the job/role

Undertaking Service improvement.

Teaching/ supporting staff

Making a difference to patient outcomes (improving the patients Quality of Life through treatment interventions)

close working relationships with colleagues


Challenging aspects of the job/role

Providing trust wide service (Large geographical area to cover, travelling time between areas etc).

Managing the workload.


Important success factors

Have utilised Community Information system (PARIS) very successfully, achieving virtually paperless service.


Advice for those considering the type of job/role?

Job is very challenging but worthwhile and enjoyable.


Key skills that can be gained within this job/role?

The ability to work as a team and 'think outside the box' looking  at different ways of working.

Skills in dealing with difficult situations / complaints handling

Communication skills

Time management skills


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