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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | February 2020

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Developing a community-based integrated children’s bladder and bowel service

Developing a community-based integrated children’s bladder and bowel service
Continence

Article topics: Bladder and bowel services, Children and young people, Empowering families, Self-management

The development of an integrated children’s bladder and bowel service is a key recommendation from a number of national documents and helps ensure affected children are seen at the right time and place and by the right person. This facilitates potential cost savings in the long term, with resultant reductions in A&E attendance and secondary care referrals. The key reference document is the Children’s Continence Commissioning Guide, which sets out a clear service framework. By working with several services across the UK, a generic service model has been developed which supports appropriate interventions at both tier 1 and tier 2, including the development of care pathways to help reduce unwarranted variation and inequalities in the provision of care. The key to success with this model is also the empowerment of families to help them self-manage the child’s problem, which also fits within the NHS Long Term Plan (NHS England, 2019).

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