Professional bodies

Association of Coloproctology
The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, also known as The Association of Bowel Specialists, is a professional society representing more than 1000 Colon and Rectal specialists.

Association for Continence Advice
The ACA is a membership organisation for health and social care professionals concerned with the progression of care for continence.

British Society of GastroenterologyThe British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) exists to maintain and promote high standards of patient care in gastroenterology and to enhance the capacity of its members to discover and apply new knowledge to benefit patients with digestive disorders.

Multiple Sclerosis Specialist Nurse Association
The United Kingdom Multiple Sclerosis Specialist Nurse Association (UKMSSNA) is the professional membership organisation for Clinical Nurse Specialists in multiple sclerosis and for other health professionals with an interest in the care of people with MS in the United Kingdom.



National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease (NACC)
The NACC provides information for sufferers of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, and has a number of services, publications, projects and themes for healthcare professionals.

The Bladder & Bowel Foundation (B&BF)
The Bladder and Bowel Foundation (B&BF) is the UK’s largest advocacy charity providing information and support for all types of bladder and bowel related problems, for patients, their families, carers and healthcare professionals.

The Colostomy Association
The CA provides a much needed, dedicated service of support and care for Colostomates and their Carers, building on the excellent foundations laid down by the previous association – The BCA.

The Urostomy Association
The UA aims to help people who are about to undergo or have undergone surgery resulting in diversion of the urinary stream.  It also has information guides for healthcare professionals, and includes guidelines to support GPs prescribing stoma and continence products.


Other useful links

Contact-a-Family is a UK charity for families with disabled children and offers information
on specific conditions and rare disorders.