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Cost of Poor Bladder Management – The Experts Review

Recorded – Wednesday 15th December 2021

The Cost of Poor Bladder Management highlights the impact of inadequate bladder care, raises awareness of bladder management options including intermittent self catheterisation and provides recommendations for improvement. The report explores the burden of poor bladder management, the cost to the NHS and the damaging impact bladder issues can have on patient lives.

The research includes key figures on:

  • Incontinence
  • UTIs
  • Bladder pain
  • Urinary retention

In this webinar, the expert faculty explore the report’s findings, the key data and make recommendations for actionable change.

Want to read the full Cost of Poor Bladder Management report? Read now.

Key facts

  • Up to 23% of women with incontinence take time off work because of their condition1
  • Women with urinary incontinence are 66% more likely to be diagnosed with depression2
  • Hospital admissions for UTIs as a primary diagnosis average 2.2 per 1,000 population in England3
  • In 2020-21, the NHS spent £37m on antibiotic prescriptions to treat UTIs4


1. Sinclair, AJ., & Ramsay, IN. (2011) The psychosocial impact of urinary incontinence in women. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 13:143–148
2. Manso, M et al. (2021) The impact of female urinary incontinence on mental health disease – a population-based study. Presented at: Annual European Association on Urology Congress; July 8-12
3. Admissions data for ICD10 diagnosis code N390 (Urinary Tract Infection) and N394 (Other Urinary Incontinence) from April 2016 – June 2021 Accessed September 2021 from Vantage System provided by Health IQ
4. Prescription data for section code 050103 (Urinary Tract Infection), 22 (incontinence Appliances, 2102 (Catheter) and 2113 (catheter maintenance) from April 2019 – June 2021 date. Accessed September 2021 from Open Prescribing (

The Bladder Interest Group receives funding from commercial partners. This webinar has been funded by sponsorship from Coloplast. Coloplast has had no involvement in, or influence over the content.


Mr Rizwan Hamid

Consultant Urological Surgeon at the University College London Hospitals and London Spinal Injuries Unit, Stanmore

Rizwan Hamid is an Associate Professor at University College London and Consultant Urological Surgeon at the University College London Hospitals and London Spinal Injuries Unit, Stanmore, UK. He specialises in Functional & Neuro-Urology and provides a tertiary care practice in reconstruction of the lower urinary tract. His research involved fertility issues in spinal cord injury men.

Rizwan is passionate about treating bladder dysfunction in a multidisciplinary manner. He feels that The Bladder Interest Group will provide a platform to help patients interact with each other and healthcare professionals and he is excited to be a part of this initiative.

Sarah Hillery

Urology Lead Nurse for York & Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sarah Hillery is the Urology Lead Nurse for York & Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Vice President of the British Association of Urological Nurses and editor of the BAUN newsletter. She is an RCN Credentialed Advanced Nurse Practitioner with a specialist interest in continence and over 20 years’ experience in continence management and diagnostic urology.

Sarah has spoken about continence issues at conferences around the world and lectures at the University of York. She is also a regular columnist for the British Journal of Nursing and has written for the International Journal of Urological Nursing.