This extended programme comprises a pre-course learning package, three day POGP certified workshop and optional post-workshop written assignment. It provides participants with the opportunity to practice both vaginal examination and treatment skills.
The workshop has been developed for Registered Physiotherapists/CSP members who have not completed an accredited continence course but wish to develop their knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of women with urinary dysfunction. It may be of value to those already working in the speciality who wish to update their knowledge and practical skills. It is not suitable for physiotherapy students but may be useful for a newlyqualified physiotherapist preparing for a rotation in Women’s Health.
The workshop content includes: professional issues; relevant anatomy and physiology; the subjective and objective assessment of a woman with urinary dysfunction; theory of various treatment options and further investigations. Practical sessions include vaginal examination and the application of both biofeedback and electrical stimulation.
Participants may act as both clinician and model during the practical sessions. Valid consent procedures are used throughout. A participant acting as a model may opt out of having practical techniques performed on them at any stage.
Participants undertaking the optional post-workshop written assignment have three months following the workshop to complete this. Those who complete the whole programme will receive a certificate indicating completion of the extended programme. Those who attend the three-day workshop, but do not complete the written assignment, will receive a certificate confirming attendance at an approved POGP workshop.
1. To introduce essential and current evidence-based information on the physiotherapy assessment and management of female urinary dysfunction for physiotherapists working with women with urinary dysfunction.
2. To provide tutor led practical experience of both vaginal examination and the application of techniques used in the treatment of female urinary dysfunction. (Ref: CSP information paper PD092)