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Guidance for Education Settings

Read the guidance: Managing Bladder and Bowel Issues in Nurseries, Schools and Colleges

Two members of the Paediatric Continence Forum, ERIC and Bladder & Bowel UK have published new guidance for school leaders, proprietors, governors, staff and practitioners. The document provides best practice regarding bladder and bowel issues and toileting in schools.

The guidance is supported by a short film and provides clear, concise guidance for school leaders, proprietors, governors, staff and practitioners. Topics covered include:

  • How to promote good bladder and bowel health in schools
  • Hygiene standards / provision of school toilets
  • Managing incontinence in schools
  • National legislation for the four countries of the UK
  • Safeguarding
  • Continence policy and care plans (sample policy and plan are provided)

Children’s continence care: sub-optimal pathway versus optimal pathway

Children’s Continence Care: sub-optimal pathway versus optimal pathway for a child with bedwetting, Toby.

The costs to the NHS of a child following  a sub-optimal care pathway when there is no community-based paediatric continence service as opposed to the savings made where there is appropriate care is demonstrated in the case study of a child with bedwetting .

The  ‘Right Care’ approach for treating intractable idiopathic constipation in children: An overview comparing patient journeys A further pathway  

This case study of James” also demonstrates the cost savings to the NHS of a child following an optimal care pathway.

This case study demonstrates services engaging in multidisciplinary collaboration and early years intervention to promote children’s continence. 

Guidance for the provision of continence containment products to children and young people

The PCF is pleased to fully endorse this document

NHS England Excellence in Continence Care Commissioning Framework for adult and child continence services

PCF members are working as part of the NHS England Excellence in Continence Care Programme Board, which published this guidance in July 2018. 

URApp- a new smartphone app to aid adherence to bladder training in young people with urinary incontinence and urgency 

A research team at the University of Bristol has developed a smartphone app (URApp) to aid adherence to bladder training in young people (aged 10-19 years) with urinary incontinence and urgency.  URApp allows users to set their daily drinking goal; provides discreet reminders and a diary to help establish a regular schedule of drinking and toilet visits, and gives personalised feedback to help users track their progress towards their drinking goals. 

NHS England – Key principles for intimate clinical assessments undertaken remotely in response to COVID-19

This guidance is aimed at clinicians who are consulting remotely with patients through a digital channel (e.g. online, email, text, video-link) across healthcare settings in England. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption and utilisation of online and video consultations as part of core clinical practice. This guide focuses on how to safely manage the receipt, storage and use of intimate images taken by patients for clinical purposes

The guidance is available here.

Sample Case Studies

A Decade in the Making: Development of a comprehensive, nurse led, community based, Children and Young People’s Continence service across West Sussex.

Developing Continence Support at Level 1 and a complementary Children’s Continence Pathway

Service Development in Waltham Forest

Other resources