The ERIC Nurse Project has been shortlisted for a Nursing Times Award in the 'Continence Promotion and Care' category.

The three-year early intervention pilot project, which was carried out in Bristol and South Gloucestershire and came to an end in May 2016, will join seven other shortlisted candidates in its category in presenting to the Nursing Times judging panel in September. The awards ceremony will take place in October.

The ERIC Nurse Project sought to improve general awareness of children’s bladder and bowel health, and, by doing so, increase early recognition of bladder and bowel problems. It also aimed to increase awareness of self-help measures among people affected by children’s continence conditions.

Brenda Cheer, a Specialist Paediatric Continence Nurse, led the project. During the lifetime of the project, Brenda trained over 1,000 professionals including health visitors, school nurses and early years workers. She also wrote informative leaflets for parents of two and four year olds, of which 110,000 were distributed across the pilot area.

In 2014 the project was one of the finalists but narrowly missed an award.