The work of the PCF
To deliver the aims and objectives the PCF engages with parliamentarians, NHS England, Public Health England and national healthcare organisations to raise awareness of the needs of children and young people with bladder and/or bowel issues, and the need to improve the availability and quality of paediatric continence services nationally.
The PCF also responds to consultations, liaises with the Royal Colleges and contributes to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Continence Care as a means to actively contribute to policies, clinical guidance and Government reports.
NHS England safeguards laxative prescriptions for children
When NHS England announced plans to prohibit the routine prescription of items aiding minor and infrequent ailments, the PCF responded calling for child continence medicines, such as laxatives, to be exempt from the prohibition. Our response is below. NHS England subsequently published guidance (found here) in which it said that “Laxatives are not recommended for children unless they are prescribed by a GP.”
Consultation and inquiry submissions
Below are copies of consultation responses and Select Committee submissions to which the PCF has contributed:
- PCF responds to parliamentary inquiries into the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people with continence issues (June 2020)
- PCF responds to Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government Consultation on Changing Places Toilets (July 2019)
- PCF responds to NICE consultation on social, emotional and mental wellbeing in primary and secondary education (May 2019)