Royal United Hospitals, Combe Park, Bath, Avon, BA1 3NG
Royal United Hospitals
Additional information / Directions
This POGP certified workshop has been developed for Registered Physiotherapists who have
not completed an accredited continence course but wish to develop their knowledge and skills
in the assessment and management of women with lower bowel 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 newly
qualified physiotherapist preparing for a rotation in Pelvic Health.
POGP recommends that participants complete of a number of specified learning tasks prior to
The workshop content includes: professional issues; relevant anatomy and physiology;
subjective and objective assessment of the patient with lower bowel dysfunction and relevant
treatment. Practical sessions include ano-rectal examination as well as the application of
treatment techniques including rectal sensation testing, rectal balloon expulsion training and
During the workshop each participant will normally carry out at least one ano-rectal
examination. The practical sessions include peer physical examination and are compliant with
the requirements of CSP information paper PD092 (see further information below). Female
participants may choose to act as a model during the practical sessions. Valid consent
procedures are used throughout. A participant choosing to act as a model may opt out of
having practical techniques performed on them at any stage.
Please note: vaginal examination is not included as any part of this workshop.
Whilst not a pre-requisite POGP advises that completion of the ‘Pelvic Health Physiotherapy:
female urinary dysfunction – an entry level course’ (or equivalent) is beneficial before
attending this workshop.
POGP Course Coordinator