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Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 14 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many universities offer (a) pre- and (b) post-registration courses for nurses on continence education and training. (289452)

This information is not collected centrally. For pre-registration education, the United Kingdom regulatory body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, sets standards of proficiency for all nursing courses. Although continence is not identified separately, its management is implicit within several of the essential nursing skills which are required to be demonstrated.

Post-registration training is the responsibility of employers, who are best placed to understand the roles and responsibilities—and hence the training needs—of their staff. Specific post-registration training courses in continence and continence care are available and these are accessed according to local need.