Fiona Boorman

I 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.

I am fortunate that my role as a trainer for ERIC enables me to inspire various professionals to improve facilitation of toilet training, particularly for children with additional needs. In my various roles I have observed that these children are often sidelined or toilet training is very much delayed (which reduces effectiveness) due to the lack of support, commitment, funding and training available.

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.

I've also produced a series of videos designed to educate school staff about bladder and bowel health: read more and view the videos here.