Press Release from ERIC

August 20, 2017

In 2016 more than 10% of families who contacted ERIC’s Bowel and Bladder helpline were caring for children with additional needs. ERIC’s expertly trained advisors can offer support and information for families with children who have learning disabilities such as Downs Syndrome or Autism, have behavioural problems, or conditions such as Spina Bifida, Hirschsprungs Disease and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Brenda Cheer, Paediatric Specialist Continence Nurse and ERIC nurse, who has written this guide said: “I’ve met so many young people who are kept in nappies simply because of their diagnosis of cerebral palsy or developmental delay. Many of them could be toilet trained and this leaflet explains how to go about it. And for those who simply cannot achieve continence, I hope the suggestions of ways to manage their bladder and bowels will be helpful, and promote their dignity. Toilet training a child with additional needs can be a huge challenge, but ERIC is here to provide information and support."  

An interactive workshop explaining how this new resource can be put into practice will be delivered by Dr Eve Fleming, a special needs expert and continence specialist, at ERIC’s regional roadshow event on October 19th in Buckinghamshire. Taking place in the at the Clare Charity Centre, the one day conference is aimed at all professionals working with children.

Other roadshow highlights include:

  • Dr Eleni Athanasakos will introduce a new Children’s Anorectal Physiology Service for treatment resistant bowel problems.
  • A parent will give their perspective of supporting a child with chronic constipation and overflow soiling.
  • Further workshops: Nocturnal Enuresis practical tips and treatment and a Practical Approach to Daytime Wetting. (These practical hour long workshops will be based around case studies and take a ‘hands on’ approach.) 

Juliette Randall, ERIC’s CEO said: “Following hugely positive feedback from delegates at the bi-annual ERIC conference in October 2016, there was clearly an appetite for more so we developed the ERIC roadshow for autumn 2017, to run like a mini conference. In true conference style, the roadshow will showcase a new service as well as combining innovation with practical workshops and networking opportunities. We are really excited to be bringing the first ERIC roadshow to High Wycombe and hope its success makes it a regular event in the calendar going forward.”

The roadshow is sponsored by Ontex, Coloplast and Malem Medical Ltd. For more information and to book a place visit:

NMC Consultation on Education Framework

July 9, 2017

Have your say on the NMC document entitled Consultation on education framework: standards for education and training

This consultation will close on 12 September 2017

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Clinical Update; Why Urinary Tract Infections Are More Harmful If You’re Older

November 27, 2016

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are one of the most common ailments affecting young women, but they are also prevalent in women over 65 and men over 85. And the consequences of getting a UTI when you’re older are far more dire.

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Clinical Update; New tool helps women detect pelvic floor disorders

November 27, 2016

The hidden problem of prolapse and urine incontinence is being exacerbated because women are often too embarrassed to speak about the issue and get help, but help is on the way.

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Cliinical Update; Reducing Unnecessary Testing of UTIs Improves Patient Care, Saves Resources

November 27, 2016

Many hospital patients may be unnecessarily tested, and treated, for catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), according to a study published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. Researchers significantly reduced rates of CAUTI, one of the most common types of healthcare-associated infections, through a multifaceted intervention emphasizing best practices for insertion, maintenance and removal of indwelling catheters, as well as following strict criteria for testing patients for infection.

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Clinical Update;Incontinence: Stress urinary incontinence treatment—surgery first?

October 7, 2016

A randomized trial involving 460 women with stress urinary incontinence compared physiotherapy with midurethral-sling surgery. We question whether the results, showing higher rates of improvement and cure for surgery than for physiotherapy, should change best practice and clinical practice guideline recommendations.

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Clinical update; Could honey cut hospital infections? - Southampton researchers think so.

October 7, 2016

MANUKA honey could be used to help keep internal medical devices such as urinary catheters free of infection, according to Southampton researchers.

Scientists at the University of Southampton have found that even low dilutions of Manuka honey can curb the activity and growth of bacterial biofilms - a thin layer of microbes that build up on, and stick to, any surface including plastic.

The findings, published online in the Journal Of Clinical Pathology, could lead to the honey being used in patients fitted with medical devices, such as urinary catheters, which carry a high infection risk. 

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Clinical update;Manuka honey could stave off catheter-associated UTIs

October 7, 2016

Manuka honey has long been hailed as a health food, with a number of studies reporting its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Now, a new study provides further evidence of such benefits, after finding it can halt the development of bacterial biofilms - groups of microorganisms that can adhere to surfaces and facilitate transmission of infections.

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Clinical Update: Are YOU brave enough to discuss incontinence? Women speak out about embarrassing issue

October 7, 2016

WOMEN across the country have appeared in a documentary aiming to raise awareness for adult incontinence - which affects one in three women in the UK.

Silenced by shame, nearly half - 45 per cent -  of sufferers admit that sensitive bladder affects their happiness and can leave them feeling embarrassed in a body they feel is older than their years.

Urinary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine, which can either occur when the bladder is under pressure, for example when people cough or laugh or feel a sudden, intense urge to pass urine.

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