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Professor Mandy Fader RN, PhD

Professor of Continence Technology: Associate Vice-President (Major Projects)

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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.

Research interests

Research group

Bladder and Bowel

Research theme

Fundamental Care

Research project(s)

Treatment to Improve Urinary Symptoms in Men in Primary Healthcare (TRIUMPH)

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).

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.

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

The PADPROM Project: quality of life of pad users questionnaire

Continence Product Advisor

TReating Urinary symptoms in Men in Primary Healthcare (TRIUMPH) using non-pharmaceutical and non-surgical interventions.

Urinary catheter ‘fill and flush’ valve: safety, effectiveness, acceptability and feasibility trial

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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Professor Mandy Fader
School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton

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Level A, South Academic Block (MP11)

University Hospital Southampton
Tremona Road,

Southampton, UK

SO16 6YD


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