Policy Work

The work of the PCF

The full aims of the PCF’s are set out in our Strategic Plan for 2017-2021. How we work to achieve these aims is outlined in our Activity Plan for 2020,

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: