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37 years as a nurse (and still loving every minute): My path into continence care

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Karen Irwin, Specialist Nurse and Bladder & Bowel UK’s Service Manager, discusses her journey into continence care. Not everyone gets excited about bladder and bowels, but I’ve loved this area of care since I completed my nursing training 37 years ago. After living my whole childhood and teenage years in Lancashire, I decided to venture […]

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Bladder & Bowel UK’s Karen Irwin reappointed to RCN’s bladder and bowel forum

Bladder & Bowel’s specialist nurse and service manager Karen Irwin has been reappointed on the Royal College of Nursing’s Bladder & Bowel Forum committee.  Karen is thrilled to be reappointed for a further term of office on the RCN Bladder and Bowel Forum. Congratulations also to Fiona Le Ber, Clinical Nurse Specialist Community Continence and […]

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Raising awareness of enuresis through National Bedwetting Day

Bladder & Bowel UK have worked on an awareness campaign this autumn to highlight the issue of childhood enuresis as school returns. Davina Richardson, children’s specialist nurse at Bladder & Bowel UK, talks about the project here. Bedwetting remains a significant but largely hidden issue for thousands of children and families.  It causes distress, anxiety, […]

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Four steps to improved patient adherence

Dr Benjamin Disney, Consultant Gastroenterologist, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, talks about patient adherence and how clinicians can tackle this issue with their patients. That patients will adhere to their prescribed therapies is something that many healthcare professionals (HCPs) take for granted. Yet, the reality is that between a third and a half […]

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Better Bowel Health: how to make a business case in four steps

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This is a guest blog for Bladder & Bowel UK, written by Dr Benjamin Disney, a Consultant Gastroenterologist at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. Part of our work at the Bowel Interest Group is to raise awareness about the need for improved bowel care management within healthcare services and promote better bowel health. […]

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The Nursing Times Awards – Congratulations to Bladder & Bowel UK!

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Bladder & Bowel UK are delighted to be the winner of the Continence Promotion and Care Category at the Nursing Times Awards in partnership with ERIC, The Children’s Bowel and Bladder Charity. Davina Richardson, BBUK’s Children’s Continence Nurse, was the clinical lead on the project which was recognised for this prestigious award. 2020 has been […]

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‘Dear Future…’ – Letters for Down Syndrome Awareness Month

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As part of October’s Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a series of ‘Dear Future …’ letters have been written. These have been written in conjunction with PADS (Positive About Down Syndrome) to help future families and professionals have a better understanding of children with Down syndrome. Our very own June Rogers MBE, Children’s Specialist Nurse at […]

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Supporting Children with Bladder and Bowel Issues as They Return to School

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The charities Bladder & Bowel UK and ERIC, The Children’s Bowel & Bladder Charity, have experienced a recent increase in calls to their helplines, from anxious families concerned about how their children’s toileting needs will be met on return to school in September.  A survey conducted over the summer by ERIC found that 22% of […]

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Nursing Times Awards 2020 Shortlist

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Bladder & Bowel UK (BBUK) are thrilled to have been shortlisted in four categories in collaboration with Positive About Down Syndrome (PADS) and ERIC at the 2020 Nursing Times Awards. During a challenging year for the profession, the Nursing Times team were honoured to hear the stories and read the entries of those who entered […]

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The Bowel Interest Group Reveals New Data on The Cost of Constipation

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Cost of constipation still rising in most English regions, reveals new report from the independent Bowel Interest Group. Newly released data from the Bowel Interest Group – published in the 2020 edition of its Cost of Constipation report – has revealed that the cost of avoidable emergency admissions to hospital because of constipation is rising […]

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