Incontinence places a huge burden on healthcare systems and has a major impact on quality of life for thousands of patients of all ages in the UK. It receives little attention within the medical research sector and current technological interventions are limited in their function and effectiveness.
In 2016 a placement project was funded by the Wellcome Trust through its Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) and aimed to improve understanding of incontinence assessment, treatment and management, using an engineering perspective to help identify, interpret and ultimately address the clinical and patient challenges.
This work provided a detailed view of incontinence across the patient pathway encompassing patients, healthcare professionals and industry representatives. It centred around visits to shadow clinicians at St James’s Hospital in Leeds to experience first-hand the practices involved.
Reporting via this website, a regular Twitter stream and articles in medical and scientific journals and magazines, the findings from this project raised the profile of incontinence within the scientific and engineering communities. Its outputs reached a broad audience, boosting awareness of this critical area of need and encouraging interest in research to address its challenges.
Clinician Video Interviews
Videos of clinicians and patients talking about their personal experiences around incontinence.
Working in incontinence research
IMPRESS engineers, Dr Peter Culmer, Dr Michael Bryant and Dr Ali Alazmani from the Surgical Technologies Group at the University of Leeds, explain why they work in incontinence research.
Talking about living with Spina Bifida
Tara has Spina Bifida and has lived with incontinence since childhood. In this video interview she talks about her condition and the products she uses.
Improvement ideas for incontinence issues
Here Tara talks about what improvements to products and new devices she hopes for in the future
Different conditions and incontinence
Prof Rory O’Connor, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, explains the conditions he treats and the incontinence issues they raise.
Improvement areas for treatments
Prof Rory O’Connor, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, talks about areas for improvement to incontinence treatments for his patients
Treating bowel health conditions
Jen Lodge, bowel health clinical nurse consultant at Leeds Community Healthcare Trust, talks about her role and the conditions she treats.
Products for managing incontinence
Jen Lodge, bowel health clinical nurse consultant at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust talks about the products she prescribes for managing incontinence.
Pros and cons of incontinence treatments
Jen Lodge, Bowel Health Clinical Nurse Consultant at Leeds Community Healthcare Trust talks about the pros and cons of current treatments for incontinence
Improvement ideas to treatments
Jen Lodge, Bowel Health Clinical Nurse Consultant at Leeds Community Healthcare Trust talks about potential improvements to current treatments for incontinence.
Working with engineers for improvements
Jen Lodge, Bowel Heath Clinical Nurse Consultant at Leeds Community Healthcare Trust talks about working with IMPRESS engineers to improve treatments for incontinence.
Values and projects of IMPRESS
IMPRESS network members talk about the value of IMPRESS and some of the projects currently underway as a result of it’s activities.