Thank you so much for the opportunity to attend and increase my knowledge and skills regarding healthy bladders and bowels in children. I was able to consider the ERIC pathways in relation to further development of the Community Paediatric Continence Service in my area and also using the readily downloadable supportive information, including assessment, bladder and bowel diaries, information for schools and medication. (Kathryn Anne Bourdeaux - Paediatric Continence CNS Team Leader)

This free course sponsored by Ferring Pharmaceuticals looks at how the bladder and bowel should work and what to do when things go wrong. It includes management of constipation, daytime and night time wetting and general continence promotion.

Course objectives

  • To develop understanding of healthy bladders and bowels in children
  • To increase knowledge of childhood bowel and bladder problems
  • To increase awareness of assessment techniques and tools 
  • To understand current management strategies and interventions, including the relevant NICE guidance
  • To develop confidence in managing these conditions in your setting
  • To increase awareness of resources and services available.

Course tutor

Brenda Cheer, Paediatric Specialist Continence Nurse, Cardiff & Vale UHB & ERIC Nurse

Fiona Cameron, Community Paediatrician, NHS Lanarkshire


09.00–09.15 Registration and refreshments

09.15–09.30 Introduction to the day 

Part 1: Constipation & soiling

09.30–10.40 Background, definitions and causes of constipation including anatomy and physiology. Assessment, diagnosis and NICE Guidelines

10.40–10.50 Refreshments

10.50–12.00 Part 1 continued
Management - education, disimpaction, maintenance

12.00-12.20 Case Study - Bowels - Fiona Cameron

Part 2: Daytime wetting

12.20–13.00 Anatomy and physiology including acquisition of bladder control.
Why do children wet? Assessment and diagnosis

13.00-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.10 Part 2 continued
Management - healthy bladders, specific treatments

14.10-14.30 Case Study - Daytime Bladders - Fiona Cameron

Part 3: Night time wetting

14.30-15.15 Assessment including 3 systems

15.15-15.30 Refreshments

15.30-16.00 Part 3 continued                                                                                                             

General and specific treatments, interpretation of NICE Guidelines

16.00–16.20 Case Study - Night time Bladders - Fiona Cameron

16:20 Evaluation

16.30 Close 

Transport to the venue

On Foot

Howden Park Centre is a 10 minute walk from Livingston Shopping Centre and bus terminal. Head along Almondvale Boulevard following the pedestrian signs for the Civic Centre. Walking past the entrance to the Civic Centre use the pedestrian crossing on Howden South Road, follow the path ahead through Howden Park to the Centre.

By Bike

A bike rack is located at the main entrance for customers to lock their bikes to (used at customer's own risk). Livingston has an extensive network of walking and cycling off-road paths. 

By Bus

Howden Park Centre is well served by buses it is a 10 minute walk from the bus terminal at Livingston Shopping Centre. The closest bus stops are on Howden East and at the entrance to St John's Hospital, with both a 2 minute walk away.

By Train

Edinburgh Waverley - Livingston North
Journey time from: 23 mins (25min walk to Howden Park Centre)

Glasgow Queen Street - Livingston North
Journey time from: 41 mins (25min walk to Howden Park Centre)

By Taxi

There are not many taxis available at taxi ranks in the town centre and it may not be easy to "wave down" a taxi in the street. However, you can pre-book a taxi or private hire car. The venue suggest putting a Livingston taxi number in your mobile and telephoning from the train.

By Car

Please note: if you are using a sat nav to locate the venue please use the postcode EH54 6BW. This will direct you to Toronto Avenue. Howden Park Centre is clearly signposted from there.

From Edinburgh: M8, come off at Livingston (j3). Slip road to dual carriageway (A899).
From Glasgow: M8, come off at Livingston (j3). 1st exit off roundabout onto the dual
carriageway (A899)

From Dual Carriageway to Howden Park Centre

A899 towards town centre exit Almondvale junction - exit marked Craigsfarm South (brown HPC tourist sign). At the bottom of the slip get into the right hand lane, take the 2nd exit from the roundabout. Left hand lane at the lights and follow the brown Howden Park Centre sign.

Through the roundabout to the next one (Civic Centre on your left) and take 3rd exit. Turn left at the next Howden Park Centre sign (into Toronto Avenue). Left into Howden Park. Follow the road to the end.


Free parking - 115 spaces (8 disabled). The car park will be locked over night.

Booking information

To book your place on this free event, please use our online booking system below. If you are booking several tickets, please enter each attendee's details.

If you wish to cancel your place on the course, please give us at least 7 days notice.

Ferring Pharmaceuticals This course is sponsored by Ferring Pharmaceuticals. 

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