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Top Tips on Bladder and Bowel Issues

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‘Managing Bladder & Bowel Issues in Nurseries, Schools and Colleges Guidance for School leaders, proprietors, governors, staff and practitioners’

A joint effort from Bladder & Bowel UK and ERIC a new document: ‘Managing Bladder & Bowel Issues in Nurseries, Schools and Colleges Guidance for School leaders, proprietors, governors, staff and practitioners’ yesterday.  It is available on:

Bladder and Bowel UK website at 

ERIC website at 

The document has been produced to be a comprehensive tool, for education staff, but is a resource for anyone who may find it useful. That includes healthcare professionals, social care, families and young people.  It has been made available in pdf so that it can be downloaded, printed and shared freely. 

The resource has been widely reviewed by health care professionals, school staff, governors, families and the education departments of the devolved governments to name but a few.  It has also been ‘badged’ (supported or endorsed) by several professional groups, including the ACA.  The authors are happy to receive further feedback and the document will be fully reviewed in two years.




Excellence in Continence Care Document

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Guidance for the provision of containment products for adult incontinence A consensus document  2017

 Reducing variation and diversity in product provision has been an aim for many continence services, which have battled with cost pressures and distracting local challenges. Therefore, the development of the 'Guidance for the provision of containment products for adult incontinence: a consensus document 2017' contributes to levelling out variation, offers support to services when negotiating procurement and developing local best practice guidance.

The consensus document, which has been exposed to wide consultation and is part of the NHSE work on Excellence in Continence care, has received endorsement from the following organisations:
• Association for Continence Advice (ACA)
• NHS England Excellence in Continence Care (EICC) Programme Board
• RCN Continence Forum
• United Kingdom Continence Society (UKCS) 

We hope you find the document useful and we welcome any feedback, which may help shape its next iteration.

To view the complete document please click here.


Guidance for the provision of continence containment products to children and young people A consensus document 2016. Updated March 2019

Bladder and Bowel UK launched a national guidance document about the provision of continence containment products for children and young people in September 2016 revised and updated March 2019. Whilst it is recognised that over 750 000 children and young people suffer bladder and bowel problems on a daily basis, access to appropriate care is patchy and inconsistent. Some areas provide a comprehensive children's continence service, while others have little more than a 'free nappy' service. The latter is a potential waste of resources to the NHS, but, can be discriminatory to those children with disabilities who are not supported to attain continence in the same way as their peers. . This also has potentially dangerous consequences as there is a risk of underlying serious and treatable co-morbidities being missed.

The guidance document was developed by clinicians with expertise in children's continence, combining consensus of best practice with available evidence and was extensively reviewed. It has been approved by a number of national organisations and aims to facilitate a consistent and equitable approach to the provision of continence containment products.

To view the full document please click here


Spinal Injury Association sample policy on bowel care 

Following on from the recent patient directive around patients receiving essential bowel care whether it be in primary or secondary care the spinal injury association has developed a sample policy on bowel care. You may wish to use this within your own policy or use as an example of good evidence based practice. Ensure you reference the document.

Click here for the policy