Useful Documents Concerning Continence
Guidance for the provision of continence containment products to children and young people A consensus document 2016
Bladder and Bowel UK launched a national guidance document about the provision of continence containment products for children and young people in September 2016. 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.
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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.
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