NHS England National Bladder and Bowel Health Project


If you are interested in becoming involved in the stakeholder forums; to register your interest via the following link: http://bit.ly/BladderBowelHealth

This can be forward to anyone you may feel would be interested in joining the forum. They do not have to be ACA Members.

The three areas we are initially looking in to are catheters, catheter bags and stoma bags, (adult and paediatric) to create generic specifications for products.

The NBBH Project Objectives

  • To deliver efficiencies to the NHS while maintaining quality of care and choice, avoiding duplication of work by promoting a whole system approach to impacts of continence on local health economy and associated services
  • To make best use of existing resources to ensure sustainability and value for money for the NHS by defining a cost-effective model of care (Whole Life, products, Services) and establishing a patient journey/model for bladder and bowel health for product provision. 
  • To understand the full patient pathway, interdependent services and continuity of care and develop minimum standard of services to be commissioned nationally linked to agreed patient outcomes across a defined pathway - consistently 
  • Agree an approach to implement Quality of life (Patient defined) outcome measures to integrate into performance measures for adoption by commissioners along with nationally agreed standards and pathways of care
  • Develop system wide communications plan across partners to ensure existing policies and strategies are implemented consistently across the health and care system.

Our workstreams 

  • linical workstreams Bowel, Bladder, Stoma and paediatrics
  • Develop specifications for Clinical services
  • Agree national standards CQUINS/Assurance framework linked to 10 Year forward view:
  • Promote best practice:
  • Engage key decision makers

Supply, Distribution and Data Workstream

  • Transfer lessons learned from Wound care project 
  • Confirm legislative limitations to service procurement
  • Develop generic specification for product provision

Education and Workforce workstream

  • Developed minimum standards 
  • Develop plan to cascade minimum standards to UK colleges/professional bodies. 
  • Establish links with Patient Associations, Public Health Campaign
  • Scope available education resources available and complete gap analysis and educational and workforce deliverables 
  • Develop ‘expert patient’ ambassadors

If you require any further information please contact:

Sarah Archer
Senior Project Manager
Clinical & Product Assurance Directorate
Supply Chain Coordination Limited
Management Function of the NHS Supply Chain

Address: Equinox House, City Link, Nottingham 
Email: Sarah.Archer@supplychain.nhs.uk

UK Continence Society (UKCS) small research grant scheme

The ACA have been approached by UK Continence Society (UKCS) regarding their small research grant scheme. In line with UKCS MDT philosophy they are encouraging nurses and AHPs to get more involved with continence research and apply for funding . UKCS have now advertised their small grant awards for 2019. In order to be eligible for the small grant, the applicant would have to be a UKCS member. Membership currently sits at £10.
To view more details please click here
For terms and conditions of the grant please click here

The Carer UK is looking for a lead article on the topic continence in care in the October edition of their quarterly publication "The Carer" (website: www.thecareruk.com)

It is distributed to residential and nursing care homes in England and Wales, care commissioning groups and corporate head offices of care groups. Website www.thecareruk.com
They are looking for an article in the region of 500-700 words and will include an image of the author and contact byline.
They are looking for an article that will include diagnosing and assessing the patients needs, medical conditions that may be associated with incontinence, also taking into account any psychological conditions, managing the condition with dignity, training, and any other guidance and best practice and author may feel will be of interest to the readership.
If this is of interest, please email betty.kwok@fitwise.co.uk

Bladder and bowel UK

Enuresis Update 

A group of like-minded children's continence professionals have come together to promote best practice in the treatment of children with enuresis. They plan to produce a newsletter twice a year, which aims to disseminate relevant information and recent research findings. It will be relevant to any professional working with children and young people who suffer from this distressing condition. Click on the link here to access 'Enuresis Update' or visit http://www.bladderandboweluk.co.uk/paediatric-enuresis-excellence-group-newsletter/