A paedatric stoma care nurse has won this years Nursing Times Continence award.
Claire Bohr, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, introduced a bowel management programme using transanal irrigation for children with faecal incontinence and soiling problems.
During her time working with children with bowel dysfunction, Claire noticed that a small number experience faecal incontinence/soiling secondary to anorectal malformation, spinal cord injury and constipation.
These children experience social isolation, lack of self-esteem and name calling and bullying at school.
She identified that transanal irrigation was used in Europe and US but not in the UK, as no specifically designed equipment was available. Working with her medical colleagues, Claire implemented a programme using anal irrigation with very positive results for the children in her care.
The judges were impressed by her ability to look beyond the scope of her role as a stoma nurse and work with medical colleagues and industry to find solutions for her patients problems.
Angela Patterson and Beverley Adams of South Eastern Health and Social care Trust were highly commended for the development and implementation of guidelines for post partum bladder care.
The Finalists were Nikki Cotterill of the Bristol Urological Institute, who developed a patient completion questionnaire for the assessment of anal incontinence symptoms and its impact on quality of life.
Gillian Richieog Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust developed a bowel care protocol for patients in ICU.
Alison Wright and colleagues at Berkshire East Community Health Services, set up an integrated nurse led service for people with MS.