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Continence Award

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Winner: Liverpool PCT

Developing an integrated paediatric continence promotion service: In a category of extremely high-standard entries, the winner is an integrated paediatric promotion continence service, developed across four PCTs and an acute trust

Winner: Liverpool PCT

Developing an integrated paediatric continence promotion service: In a category of extremely high-standard entries, the winner is an integrated paediatric promotion continence service, developed across four PCTs and an acute trust.

Presented by June Rogers (pictured) from Liverpool PCT, the team transformed a fragmented ‘free nappy’ service and an isolated bedwetting service that was led by school nurses into a fully integrated continence service for all children aged 0–16 with any bladder or bowel problem, and a transition service for 16–19-year-olds.

The service reduced secondary care referrals, eliminated inappropriate referrals to mental health services (previously the first point of call for children with ‘soiling’), and developed standardised policies, treatment guidelines and documentation trustwide and across all disciplines.

‘This project is extremely worthwhile and the work is being disseminated to other PCTs,’ the panel said.

‘The judges were struck by June’s enthusiasm, motivation, energy and drive to achieve the desired outcome of an integrated paediatric continence service. She has a personal commitment to improving the care of children with continence problems and this is clearly the foundation that supports and drives these clinical developments.’

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Finalists

Bradford and Airedale Teaching PCT
Commissioning a patient-led continence care pathway: A multidisciplinary team of health professionals worked with commissioners to transform continence care for females in the newly formed Bradford and Airedale Teaching PCT.

The work resulted in women being largely assessed and treated in primary care settings, thereby eliminating inappropriate referrals to urology or gynaecology consultants.


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A trustwide approach to pelvic floor health in the childbearing year: This charity-based project aimed to screen all women within an NHS trust in the childbearing year for actual or potential pelvic floor problems and to support health professionals to identify and manage these problems effectively. Referrals for treatment rose significantly while treatment times fell due to earlier identification of problems.

Tameside General Hospital
Defining common practice across the primary/secondary care interface for children diagnosed with constipation:
A package of care for the treatment of constipation in children, providing a comprehensive pathway of care from identification, referral, assessment and treatment. The care package includes treatment guidelines, an information booklet for both parents and professionals as well as an anatomical doll to help children understand their condition and their internal anatomy.


Thames Valley University and Berkshire West PCT
Norgine risk assessment tool for constipation: A tool was developed in a collaborative project between a lecturer and two specialist continence nurses.

The tool aimed to enable health professionals to recognise those patients who are at risk of developing constipation, in order that preventive measures can be put in place to prevent the condition
from developing.

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Judges

- Eileen Shepherd, assistant clinical editor, Nursing Times
- Alison Harris, senior lecturer, Middlesex University
- Teresa Keane, nurse adviser, SCA

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Sponsored by SCA

SCA Hygiene Products Limited, manufacturers and suppliers of the TENA brand of continence products, are proud to be the 2007 sponsors of the NT Award for continence.

Our continuous product research and development is designed not only to provide excellent standards of product performance but also to improve quality of life for nursing staff by incorporating the ultimate in time and labour-saving features. We recognise the value of our nursing staff and strive to enhance the quality of their working life.

Supported by ACA

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