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Bladder & Bowel UK Newsletter November 2018



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Charity number: 224742

Continence Product Section of Disabled Living's Supplier Directory

There is a section on the Disabled Living Supplier Directory dedicated to continence and stoma products. In addition there are a wide range of categories providing information about companies and organisations that provide equipment, products and services to support disabled children, adults and older people.

Access to the Supplier Directory is via the right hand side of the BBUK website.

This month we welcome the following companies to the directory:

Explore Our Key Features Bowel Care Award 2019................................................................................................................4 Symposium programme for 2019 now launched...........................................................................5 Support in secondary schools for young people with continence problems..................................6 What have the BBUK Team achieved over the last 12 months?...................................................7 Paediatric Continence Forum are seeking new chair....................................................................8 Shop online for equipment and products to make life easier for you...........................................10 Continence Nurse Specialists - part time opportunities with BBUK.............................................11 ERIC Conference 2018................................................................................................................15 Loo of the Month..........................................................................................................................17

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Bowel Care Award 2019 Have you or your team been innovative and made a difference to the care of people with bowel problems? We would like to encourage you to apply. The aim of the awards is simply to recognise excellence in bowel care. Award sponsored by

WHO CAN ENTER? The Bladder and Bowel UK Bowel Care Award 2019, aims to recognise an individual or team, working within the NHS , Care Home Sector who is able to demonstrate that have made a difference to the care of their patients’ or clients within bowel care. The award aims to highlight good practice and disseminate to other health care professionals to enhance patient care. The work needs to have been completed within the past year, or it may be a current project that you are involved with. The work can be within Adult, Children and Young People services.

HOW TO APPLY Complete the application form and submit a 500 word summary, detailing the work you have undertaken. This should include: Project title and description What you have done and the motivations as to why you undertook the work. Any preparation undertaken prior to staring the project The impacts that have been made to patient care How your work or project has been evaluated. Future plans for practice, next steps with your project

Bowel Care Award Winner 2018 Aintree Team

THE PRIZE The winner will receive a cheque of £500.00 and be expected to present their work at the ‘Bladder and Bowel National Symposium in Bolton’, which will be held on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 You will be expected to submit a short article for the Bladder and Bowel UK Newsletter and the Association for Continence Advice – Continence Matters Journals. Overnight accommodation and travel expenses will be provided if necessary Closing date Monday 7th January 2019 Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Ready to apply? Please send your entry by email to: or post to: Bladder and Bowel UK, Disabled Living, Burrows House, 10 Priestley Road, Wardley Industrial Estate, Worsley, Manchester, M28 2LY. You will receive acknowledgment of entry. Good Luck!

BBUK's Symposium Programme 2019


The education programme for BBUK’s symposium has just been released and promises to provide excellent CPD and re-validation opportunities through 3 learning streams. • Bladder


• Children & Young People

The diverse range of seminars and workshops delivered by experts in their field, will present the latest evidence based research and clinical data. There are 12 seminars including: • Continence & Sexual Relationships • Mental Health & Continence • Improving Continence for Children & Young People with Neuro-disability • Prolapse and Urinary Incontinence, a combined approach to the pelvic floor • The Law and the Children’s Nurse • Continence in Older People For the full programme visit the website. There will be a comprehensive exhibition providing the opportunity for you to update your knowledge on the latest products, equipment and treatments. The annual symposium is relevant to all HCPs working in the field of continence, bladder and bowel care. Due to venue capacity numbers places are limited. The symposium is always oversubscribed with a waiting list, so early booking is essential. Date: Wednesday 6th March 2019 Cost: £30 to cover administration charges (lunch is included) Venue: USN Bolton Arena, Arena Approach, Horwich, Bolton BL6 6LB

For further information and to request a booking form please contact Bladder & Bowel UK on 0161 607 8219. Booking forms can be downloaded from the website


Support in Secondary Schools for Young People with Continence Problems

It is easy to understand that managing incontinence is extremely difficult for anyone. However, for young people at school problems can seem insurmountable, but are largely hidden and often poorly understood. The traditional perspective is that children grow out of bladder and bowel problems and therefore, young people are not affected.

Research undertaken at the University of Bristol has found that continence problems often persist into adolescence. Furthermore, they have identified that these issues often co-exist with depressive symptoms, bullying, poor self-image, relationship difficulties and poor experience of school. Despite guidance from the Department of Health on supporting pupils at school with medical conditions (2015, available from supporting-pupils-at-school-with-medicalconditions--3 ), the University of Bristol team has found that the needs of this group are not being met. As a result of their findings Dr Joinson and Dr Whale have prepared a list of recommendations for schools which include discrete procedures for pupils to disclose


their problems, policies for use of toilet passes, procedures for catching up with missed lesson time and consideration of the needs of these pupils during exams, a designated person to deal with continence issues, encouragement of healthy drinking habits for all pupils and teaching about bladder and bowel problems for pupils as part of Personal, Social and Health education, as well as training for the teachers. Dr Joinson and Dr Whale, with Juliette Randall( ERIC the Children’s Bowel and Bladder Charity), have also produced a policy document titled ‘Young people with continence problems need better support at secondary school’. This is available from

For those interested in further reading, relevant research papers are outlined below. Heron J, Grzeda MT, von Gontard A, Wright A, Joinson C. Trajectories of urinary incontinence in childhood and bladder and bowel symptoms in adolescence: prospective cohort study. BMJ Open. 2017;7(3):e014238. DOI: 10.1136/ bmjopen-2016-014238 Grzeda MT, Heron J, von Gontard A, Joinson C. Effects of urinary incontinence on psychosocial outcomes in adolescence. European Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 2017;26(6):649-658. DOI: 10.1007/s00787-016-0928-0 Whale K, Cramer H, Joinson C. Left behind and left out: The impact of the school environment on young people with continence problems. British Journal of Health Psychology. 2018;23(2):253-277. DOI: 10.1111/bjhp.12284

What Have The BBUK Team Achieved Over The Last 12 months? The team at Disabled Living are delighted to share with you, through our Annual Report, our achievements. This year we showcase the amazing projects and events we have delivered through the ‘Donkeys to Innovators’ project where we celebrated Disabled Living providing services for 120 years. Our team offer a wide range services, some you will know very well and others which I am sure will be beneficial – take a look!

Click here to read the Annual Report via Disabled Living's website


Paediatric Continence Forum Seeking New Chair

Are you looking for a new challenge or an opportunity to work at a national level? The Paediatric Continence Forum (PCF) is an independent national campaign group which was set up in 2003 to improve government awareness of the needs of children and young people with continence problems – and to improve NHS services in this often neglected area of child health. Its membership comprises key paediatricians and specialist nurses in this field, with formal representation from the charity ERIC (The Children’s Bowel and Bladder Charity), Bladder and Bowel UK (BBUK), the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA).

The PCF is seeking a new Chair to lead this dynamic and exciting group. The successful candidate will lead the Forum, ensuring it fulfils the tasks outlined in the Four Year Strategy and the annual Aims and Objectives. This position offers candidates a prime opportunity to influence Government policy and improve the lives of young people. The PCF is an active group, responding to

Government consultations and the campaigning for better paediatric continence services. This is a voluntary post, however expenses will be reimbursed. To find out more about the position click on the link below. /recruitment/

Applicants should send a CV and cover letter to


Highlights of BBUK's Paediatric Education Day 2018

Our annual education day, one of the highlights of our calendar, was held at Redbank House Manchester on 16th October. It was fully booked several weeks in advance again this year, with over 60 professionals attending from across the country. We were also well supported by our company colleagues, who provided a diverse exhibition covering a wide range of continence related products. Break times were busy with delegates networking and discussing items being exhibited. The day was as full as usual. The first talk of the day came from June Rogers, who delivered an in depth session on constipation, covering the complexity of the problem, diagnosis, slow transit, toilet refusal, pelvic physiotherapy and TENS. Dr Carol Joinson from Bristol University then gave a very engaging presentation from her research on the role of psychological factors in paediatric continence problems. She stimulated lively discussion and suggestions for further research. The consensus from delegates was that this a particularly interesting session. The afternoon sessions started with consideration of how to work with schools to engage support for children with continence problems and included issues to consider as well as how to access and employ guidance from the Department for Education to ensure that children’s needs are met. Vicky Hartley from Sussex NHS Community


Tel: 0161 607 8219

Foundation Trust was the winner of the inaugural Enuresis Award and described how her service had significantly reduced waiting times, improved access to care and NICE compliance and reduced nurse workload and financial costs through provision of a single-patient use enuresis alarms. The day was rounded off by June who talked about the use of facts and figures to support service development. The day once again received excellent evaluation. We would like to extend congratulations to the worthy winners of the Enuresis Award and our thanks to our speakers, company colleagues and all the delegates who made together made this such a successful event. Next years Paediatric Education day will be on Thursday 17th October 2019 and we would strongly recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. Email:

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Continence Nurse Specialists Part Time Opportunities

Due to the increase in calls to the BBUK helpline over the last 12 months it is anticipated there will be opportunities to expand our team in 2019. We would be delighted to hear from Continence Nurse Specialists who have experience of working with adults or children, with bladder and/or bowel problems. We would like our new team members to provide a flexible approach to meet the demands of the service. If you are a nurse and are able to commit to a day a month, a day a week or anything in-between we would be delighted to hear from you.

Contact Karen Irwin, BBUK Manager for an informal confidential chat - email Karen in the first instance.

Bladder and Bowel UK are part of Disabled Living, Registered Charity No: 224742 Web:

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Loo of the Year Awards

Any type of 'away from home' washroom can be nominated or entered in the competition, in any of the sixty one separate Awards categories displayed opposite and listed on the Entry Form. There are National Category Awards for each Category for each of the Nations and short lists for most other National Awards are selected from National Category Awards winners. Each individual entry can only be entered in one category. Categories are as follows: Retail Hospitality Leisure Heritage Entertainment Holiday Parks Education Health Offices Car Parks Public Toilets Mobile Toilets Transport Sport Beaches Workplace

Entries are welcomed for all categories particularly those that attract lower levels of entries. Entries in these categories have a greater chance of winning a National Award.

When and where are the awards? The event takes place on Friday 7th December 2018 at St Johns Hotel, Solihull. Dress Code: Business/Smart Casual The full programme can be found via the website

For more information please visit:


Is Disabled Living Due for a Name Change?

Bladder & Bowel UK, one of Disabled Living's services changed its name in 2016 and what a positive impact that has made - people know exactly who the service supports. Now we are considering if we should change the name of the charity Disabled Living. The name Disabled Living implies we only support people with a disability, which is not the case.

We also support older people, those with long-term health conditions, people with bladder and bowel problems and just about anybody who can benefit from having a practical solution to an unmanageable problem. We also signpost to other organisations. Therefore, many people do not contact us who could benefit from our services because they do not consider themselves ‘disabled’ Some people think we run a care home or day centre for people with disabilities Some of our services were established after the name changed to Disabled Living back in 1992 and are not directly linked to people who have a disability, such as our Bladder and Bowel UK service and training courses Some people think the name should be more positive

Throughout Disabled Living’s 120 year history we have had five name changes to reflect how the services have developed or to disassociated with a name that was not politically correct. Therefore, another name change will only associate with progression!

We would like to hear what you think and if you have any thoughts on a new name. Please contact Disabled Living’s Chief Executive, Debra Evans


Look... It's Out! The brand new Kidz to Adultz magazine launched at the Kidz to Adultz North show a few days ago. Let your colleagues and the parents you support know about Disabled Living’s 48 page magazine which is packed with interesting articles including: • How Remap has provided a personal care solution for a little girl • An innovative book launch • How crowdfunding support can help • A World Cup adventure • How one student’s USA dream has come true • A focus on finances • A look at therapeutic positioning

We would like to here from you • If you have an article we can publish to support children and young adults with bladder and bowel problems • You are a company who would like to advertise a product You can take a look at the new magazine via our Kidz Exhibitions website For more information about Kidz Exhibitions please see contact details below.


Web: Tel: 0161 607 8200 Email:

ERIC Conference 2018

The conference, titled ‘Broadening Horizons: Challenging our Continence Comfort Zone’, held at Birmingham Metropole Hotel on the 9th October, was attended by over 200 delegates from across the UK. June and Davina attended for Bladder and Bowel UK and they delivered a workshop on ‘Patient Pathways – Achieving better outcomes, reducing costs’ which was reportedly one of the best attended of the workshops. The workshop was an opportunity to highlight our new Continence Level One and Level Two pathways and the supporting Level One resource pack and assessment tool, which are available on our website at -resources/ The programme at the conference was full, varied and interesting. ERIC launched a new film which highlighted the experiences of young people and their parents of living with incontinence; Sandra Hanson presented her Nursing Times Award winning video on use

Stewart Cleeve presented on the work of the children’s anorectal service at the Royal London Hospital, where they have been studying some of the physiological aspects of constipation. Another presentation of particular interest to us at Bladder and Bowel UK was from Chris Morris, of Exeter University, who spoke about a survey of NHS practice and systematic review of effectiveness interventions to improve continence for children and young people with neurodisability, a project that June and Davina are supporting.

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Break times at conference were equally busy with lots of professionals taking the opportunity to come and look at our resources, especially the pathways, and to talk to us about service development. It was good to have time to say hello to friends who have been in contact with us previously and also to meet new people, many of whom asked to join our mailing list.

Anne Wright talked about complex bladder problems of childhood and Dr

June Rogers MBE & Davina Richardson, Children's Specialist Nurses


Loo of the Month - Northeast Iceland


Get in Touch with Us

For more information please visit:

Bladder & Bowel UK Head Office - Disabled Living, Burrows House, 10 Priestley Road, Wardley Industrial Estate, Worsley, Manchester M28 2LY Tel: 0161 607 8200 Email: Website:

BBUK - November Newsletter  

The BBUK newsletter November edition covering topics such as the Continence Symposium, part-time job opportunities and the Bowel Care Award.

BBUK - November Newsletter  

The BBUK newsletter November edition covering topics such as the Continence Symposium, part-time job opportunities and the Bowel Care Award.