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£200,000 funding for childhood continence project

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A childhood continence project is to be given £200,000 to trial and develop new approaches to health and wellbeing, care services minister Paul Burstow said.

Bids for funding were submitted to the Department of Health by organisations in the voluntary sector, which set out the ways in which they could help their communities by making improvements to the care of vulnerable people.

Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence (ERIC) was successful and will receive £200,000.

The funds will be used to support the ERIC Nurse Project, which will offer education and outreach to reduce the suffering that childhood continence problems can bring to young people, children and families.

Early intervention will be promoted by the project, which will act as a nationwide link between families, ERIC and statutory continence services.

The outcomes for young people and children who suffer with continence problems will be improved, which it is hoped will lead to healthier families, along with better wellbeing and social development for children.

Pressure on statutory services will be reduced by the project, and the health service and families will benefit via cost savings.

Director of ERIC, Jenny Perez, said: “For the first time ever, we will have an ERIC specialist continence nurse in the community providing support to the one in 12 children and young people suffering with continence problems.

“By promoting early intervention the project will make a dramatic difference to children and families suffering with continence problems in the pilot area.”

 

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