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Professor Mandy Fader RN, PhD

Dean of Health Sciences, Professor of Continence Technology

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Bladder or bowel leakage will affect more than 1 in 6 people in their lifetime and my research aims to help them lead their lives with confidence and dignity. Innovations in product development need to bring in new materials and new designs to create clothing and devices that look good and feel good. I work with patients, microbiologists, engineers and designers to understand the limitations and problems of current products, analyse the needs of different users and create new ways of managing incontinence and new products that people can trust. Nowadays there are many new and effective treatments for incontinence but when interventions don't work, or for those who cannot benefit from them, better products are needed.

No one should have to live their life in fear of bladder or bowel leakage.



Biography and CV


MultICath Study

MultICath Study

Development and Clinical trial of a mixed (Multi/single-use) catheter management package for users of Intermittent Catheters

Research group

Fundamental Care and Safety

Affiliate research groups

Continence Management, Fundamental care and society, Complex Healthcare Processes, Health Work and Systems, Active Living and Rehabilitation

Research project(s)

Development and Clinical trial of a mixed (Multi/single-use) catheter management package for users of Intermittent Catheters - MultICath

This is a randomised controlled trial in which participants must be willing to use one of two intermittent catheterisation strategies which will be randomly allocated by computer.

Prostate Cancer TrueNorth

This is part of the STAR programme: Development, Implementation & Integration of a Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Survivorship Programme into Practice (The STAR Programme: Personalised Supported Self-Management and Remote Monitoring for Men with Prostate Cancer).

Prevention and minimisation of biofilms on urinary catheters and equipment

Biofilm development on urinary catheters is a major healthcare issue, leading to infection and blockage. Here we are using advanced microscopy and viability techniques to improve our understanding of biofilm development and persistence on urinary catheters.

Antibiotic treatment for intermittent bladder catheterisation: A randomised controlled trial of once daily prophylaxis (AnTIC)

This randomised controlled trial is designed to find out whether people who suffer repeated urinary tract infections (UTI) related to the need to empty their bladders intermittently with a fine plastic tube (catheter); a process called clean intermittent self-catheterisation (CISC), benefit from taking continuous daily low-dose antibiotics (antibiotic prophylaxis).

Supporting women with toileting in palliative care: is the female urinal an acceptable, safe and effective product for bladder management

Women can find using a bed pan or female urinal very difficult. This study will look at the merits of a particular type of female urinal in a hospital based palliative care setting.

Improving continence in people with inflammatory bowel disease: active case-finding and a randomised controlled trial. (FINS)

To determine efficacy of postal v. face to face screening for reporting of faecal incontinence (FI) and uptake of interventions to improve continence in people with IBD.

HTA 13/75 Managing Faecal Incontinence in people with advanced dementia resident in Care Homes, a realist synthesis of the evidence (FINCH)

The study will explain the effectiveness of programmes that aim to improve faecal incontinence (FI) in people with advanced dementia in care homes.

Development of a quality of life measurement tool for people using absorbent products (Padprom)

The PADPROM Project: quality of life of pad users questionnaire

A trial of devices for intractable urinary incontinence following prostate cancer surgery

A clinical trial of devices for managing urinary incontinence (leakage from the bladder) when used by men who have persistent leakage after prostate surgery for cancer.

Screening for malnutrition by community nurses: Barriers and facilitators

The project aims to understand community nurses' views about barriers and facilitators to undertaking nutritional screening using a qualitative approach. 


Book Chapters

    Fader, M., DeLaine, C., Norton, C., & Prieto, J. (2012). Managing continence. In I. Bullock, J. Macleod Clark, & J. Rycroft-Malone (Eds.), Adult Nursing Practice. Using Evidence in Care. Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
    Cottenden, A., Bliss, D., Fader, M., Getliffe, K., Herrera, H., Paterson, J., ... Wilde, M. (2005). Management with continence products. In P. Abrams, L. Cardozo, S. Khoury, & A. Wein (Eds.), Incontinence. (pp. 149-253). Paris, France: Health Publication Ltd.



Working Paper

Mandy Fader received her nursing qualification from St. George’s Hospital, London in 1980. She began her career in continence with a research post at University College London (UCL) in 1982 and joined the clinical continence team in 1984. In 1995 she returned to research at UCL and worked on a programme of continence product evaluations, completing her PhD in 2001.

In 2004 she joined the University of Southampton’s Continence Technology and Skin Health group and leads a team of researchers focusing on research into continence products and devices, and the effects of incontinence on skin health.

Mandy is an ex-Trustee of the International Continence Society (ICS), is currently a member of the ICS nurses committee, a committee member for the International Consultation on Incontinence (Management with Products chapter), an editor for the Cochrane Incontinence group, and consulting editor for the US Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing journal.


Mandy Fader's Inaugural lecture
Mandy Fader's Inaugural lecture

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