Representatives from the PCF attended the Urology Trade Association’s (UTA) annual Parliamentary Reception last Thursday. The event, hosted by the UTA and sponsored by the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Continence Care, Rosie Cooper MP, brought together urology device manufacturers, suppliers, charities, forums and Parliamentarians.

Speaking at the event, Ms. Cooper highlighted the need to protect patient choice and access to urology devices post-Brexit, as well as the need to ensure that any new government regulation on single-use plastics doesn’t negatively impact the availability and range of devices manufactured.   Guests also heard from former Minister of State for Health, The Rt. Hon. Philip Dunne MP, who spoke about the need to secure the right products for patients with continence issues.

Dr Penny Dobson MBE, Chair of the PCF, attended with Vice Chair Nick Madden and the PCF’s clinical representatives. Members of the PCF engaged with manufacturers about the needs of young people, and the growing challenges faced by the paediatric continence sector. Most recently, this has included reductions to local government and public health funding, and the rise in demand for assistance and guidance from young people and families to charity members PCF.

Speaking about the event, Dr Dobson said: “It was a great pleasure to meet with members and companies of the UTA at its annual Parliamentary Reception. It is paramount that there is the range of devices available to help young people with bladder and bowel issues and to ensure that patients and clinicians have a full range of choices at their disposal to address continence issues. The PCF will continue to work with interested companies, supporters and clinicians to promote innovation across the urology sector, and disseminate information about bladder and bowel issues.”

Note to readers:

  • The Urology Trade Association (UTA) represents 95 per cent of urology device manufacturers and suppliers, and is one of the largest trade associations in the health sector.
  • The PCF continues to promote engagement with company members. More information can be found by contacting the PCF’s Secretariat, The Whitehouse Consultancy, at