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Professor Mandy Fader RN, PhD

Professor of Continence Technology, Associate Dean (Research)

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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.

As Associate Dean, Research, I am responsible for developing and co-ordinating the Research Strategy for the Faculty of Health Sciences.

I am director of the Clinical Academic Programme and the Clinical Academic Facility.



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(s)

Innovative and Essential Care

Affiliate research group(s)

Continence Management, Rehabilitation and Health Technologies, Cancer, Palliative and End of Life Care

Research project(s)

Absorbent products for urinary/faecal incontinence: a comparative evaluation of key product categories - Dormant

Reviewing whether reusuable products also have the potential to be more cost-effective than disposable products

An investigation into friction, sheer and interface pressures of continence products - Dormant

Exploration of the nature of commonly seen incontinence related skin problems and preliminary testing and development of a tool to monitor skin health problems

An investigation into skin hydration, interface pressures, emollients and absorbents - Dormant

Exploring the interactions of absorbent products, pressure-relieving products and skin barrier products.

Does benchmarking improve bowel care in care home settings? - Dormant

This study aimed to examine the potential of benchmarking for residential homes with a focus on bowel care.

Improving care in the management of older people with long-term urinary catheters - Dormant

The aims of this study are to describe the characteristics of catheter users.

Programme of clinical trials of biomedical continence devices - Dormant

A study to evaluate continence products.

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. 

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.

Skin hydration, friction, sheer and absorbent products - Dormant

A clinical study comparing different tools for measuring skin health.

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.


Book Section(s)

  • Managing continence - Fader, M., DeLaine, C., Norton, C. and Prieto, J.. In Adult Nursing Practice. Using Evidence in Care - Bullock, Ian, Macleod Clark, Jill and Rycroft-Malone, Joanne (eds.)
    Published by:
    Oxford, GB
  • Management with continence products - Cottenden, A, Bliss, D, Fader, M, Getliffe, K, Herrera, H, Paterson, J, Szonyi, G and Wilde, M. In Incontinence - Abrams, P, Cardozo, L, Khoury, S and Wein, A (eds.)
    Published by:
    Paris, France
    Chapter 4
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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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