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Helen White, RGN, RHV, is director of PromoCon 2001 and nurse researcher, continence, Northumbria Healthcare NHS TrustPromoCon 2001 is a national initiative that aims to promote continence and product awareness through its work with the main continence organisations and the Disabled Living Centres Council.
PromoCon 2001 is a national initiative that aims to promote continence and product awareness through its work with the main continence organisations and the Disabled Living Centres Council.
Set up in 1996 with a Department of Health grant, it is funded by charities such as the Association for Continence Advice and has a standing exhibition at Disabled Living Manchester. This displays the full range of continence products available in the UK, based on the Continence Products Directory (The Continence Foundation, 2000).
PromoCon 2001 also displays selected continence products and information in disabled living centres across the UK.
And its confidential product helpline offers impartial information and advice on the full range of products, services and support organisations. It does not provide clinical advice, but encourages product users to seek help from local continence service.
PromoCon 2001 provides opportunities for users and their carers to meet manufacturers' representatives with the aim of influencing product development and several successful initiatives have resulted from discussions between users and designers.
To encourage designers to pay attention to the appearance as well as the function of products, PromoCon 2001 and the Association for Continence Advice established the annual 'look good and feel good' Continence Products Awards in 1997.
In response to requests from continence advisers who wanted to offer their clients alternative or supplementary products, PromoCon 2001 et up a mail order service that offers selected products at VAT-free prices. Users are encouraged to receive a continence assessment before purchasing.
PromoCon 2001 also produces a range of information on continence awareness and products. Details of its publications, facts sheets and videos are available from the helpline.
Last year PromoCon 2001 received more than 6,836 inquiries from health professionals, members of the public and industry. For you and your patients, it is a valuable resource for the promotion of good practice in continence care.
PromoCon 2001 can be found at Disabled Living, 4 St Chad's Street, Cheetham, Manchester M8 8QA.
Helpline: 0161 834 2001, open 10am-3pm
Fax: 0161 839 1066