Sandra Hanson, RSCN, RGN, SEN, ENB998, ENB 415, DIP HE

Sandra Hanson is a specialist nurse for childhood Constipation at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust. It was in 2000, as a children’s community nurse that her interest in childhood constipation began when she had to visit children to give enemas. It was clear that information on treating constipation was inconsistent and how greatly it impacted upon child and family. She felt that giving enema’s to children was not ideal treatment and resolved to find a better way to manage this condition.

She has been a finalist in the continence care nursing times awards in 2011 and 2014 and the winner of the BJN Bowel Care Nurse of the year award in 2013.

With her support worker, Helen Ripper, they started the Childhood Constipation Service, the emphasis on educating parents to empower them with the knowledge to care for their child. In 2016 they produced a video on ‘Tackling Childhood Constipation using a Macrogol laxative’ and developed a webpage ( and microsite to support parents and GPs not just within their locality but also nationally. This service won the Nursing Times Award in 2017.

Their aims are to support professionals and parents to manage childhood constipation correctly in the beginning to prevent acute from becoming chronic.