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The ERIC nurse, Brenda Cheer, has been shortlisted for a Nursing Times Award in the continence promotion and care category.

The ERIC nurse project aims to improve general awareness of good bladder and bowel health in children, increase early recognition of continence problems, and increase awareness of self-help measures.

Brenda has developed a series of leaflets for parents and professionals using ERIC’s wee and poo characters. She has trained over 450 health professionals in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, including school nurses, health visitors, learning disability nurses, child minders and GPs.

This is the first time that a project has sought to co-ordinate training on children's bowel and bladder health for such a wide range of professionals – many of whom have never received any training in this area.

The ERIC Nurse training gives professionals the knowledge and skills to spot the early signs and symptoms of childhood continence problems and know where to signpost families for further support.

It is hoped that Brenda’s work in the pilot area of Bristol and South Gloucestershire - where there are up to 7,000 children suffering from the effects of undiagnosed or untreated bladder and bowel problems - will lead to improved practice and resourcing for continence services across the rest of the country.