Fiona BoormanI began my nursing career with two placements at Great Ormond Street Hospital (renal medicine and renal surgery) which sparked a lifelong interest in wee and poo and led to my role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in paediatric bladder and bowel. Before nursing, I worked in special schools both day and residential, developing my interest in explaining bodily functions to those with challenging learning and behavioural needs.

Having spent many years as a trainer at ERIC, teaching other health professionals, in 2020 I started to work on ERIC's Helpline, helping families directly with the continence challenges their children face. It's a gift to be able to steer people through the continence minefield, negotiating the barriers and difficulties that children present. I relish the challenge of thinking about different approaches to the standard, as difficulties arise, such as increasing issues with ‘wee holding’ in addition to poo holding.

I also support ERIC's work as a member of its Professional Advisory Committee (PAC). I hope that my role within the PAC will allow me to flag up the needs of these youngsters, whose voices are often unheard.

When I am not talking about these topics, I can be found knitting bowels (see my Wee and Poo knitting patterns!), making paper mache poo, enjoying many crafts and meddling in the lives of my large family.