Catheter Care Awareness Week 2019

June 17 - 23

Catheter Care Awareness Week ran from 17–23 June 2019 as part of our work to reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs) in south London.

Our goal is to stop urinary catheters from causing harm to patients and to improve patients’ wellbeing and recovery. We also used the week to raise general awareness about catheter problems and to enhance clinicians’ knowledge, as well as encouraging people and organisations to get involved.

Catheter Care Awareness Week is for anyone involved in the health and social care system in south London. It is about empowering patients and professionals to question current practices, improve their knowledge, and reduce the stigma associated with catheters.

Our aims:

  • Reduce unnecessary patient harm resulting from urinary catheters
  • Raise awareness about catheter problems
  • Encourage individuals in healthcare to develop the skills and confidence to take personal responsibility for improving catheter care
  • Empower patients and encourage self-care

Sign up

Catheter Care Awareness Week is now over for 2019, but please let us know if you would like to take part in future events by emailing hin.southlondon@nhs.net. We still have resources below on how to get involved.

How you can help

You can contribute as much or as little as you like, but your support is essential to the success of every Catheter Care Awareness Week. You can help by:

  • Showing our short animation and other stories and resources (below) at a team meeting, or sending the film’s link to staff in your internal email or newsletters.
  • Printing out our pledge cards, taking photos of your staff with them, and sharing on social media using #cathetercare.
  • You could even set up a stall or table! See some pledges and pictures from previous Catheter Care Awareness Weeks.
  • Informing your communications department and sharing the campaign in your newsletter; we have put together an internal communications document for you).
  • Displaying our poster to promote the week in staff rooms and other communal spaces, and using our empty poster template to advertise your own Catheter Care Awareness Week activities.
  • Supporting our social media activity. Follow and use the hashtag #cathetercare when promoting your catheter care activities, and tweet and retweet campaign support.