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ERIC, The Children’s Bowel & Bladder Charity, has appointed special needs and continence specialist Dr Eve Fleming to its board of trustees.

Dr Fleming hopes to improve society’s understanding of the impact of wetting and soiling problems on children, teenagers and their families in order to tackle the associated stigma. 

Dr Fleming brings many years of experience and expert knowledge to ERIC. She is a retired community paediatrician who worked for 35 years in South Warwickshire where she led the bowel and bladder support services and clinics. She was endearingly referred to by the children in her care as the ‘wee and poo doctor’. 

Dr Fleming has extensive experience of working with children with developmental and chronic health problems. She co-authored the Department of Health exemplar on toilet training problems and special needs and worked with Sense Toys to develop a toilet training resource for parents and children.

She runs the training course ‘Learning to wee and poo in the right place’ with the National Autistic Society and in 2015 co-authored the book ‘Toilet training and the Autism Spectrum’

Dr Fleming said: "I’ve worked with children and families with continence problems for many years, and even though I’ve retired from doing clinics, I’m still interested in this area and would like to use my knowledge to support ERIC. Becoming a trustee is partly a way of giving back in return for all the help ERIC has given to children I’ve known and the professional support I‘ve received. I think the stigma and impact of children’s continence problems are not fully appreciated by professionals and the general public and I’d like try to improve this.”

Juliette Randall, ERIC’s Chief Executive said: "We’re delighted that Eve has joined our board of trustees. She joins a group of experts who are passionate about helping children and teenagers with bowel and bladder problems. Her knowledge of toilet training and special needs is of enormous value and we hope she’ll help us improve the support we offer to families with children with additional needs and the training we give to professionals.”

ERIC has a board of five trustees who have a range of backgrounds and bring different skills to the organisation. Click here to find out more about our trustees.