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The best word to describe ERIC's Paediatric Continence Conference 2016, and the one we heard delegates use the most, is inspiring.

From the opening address by a group of young people with bowel and bladder problems which left tears in the eyes of the audience, to the innovative and exciting research projects presented, to the fascinating breakout sessions and animated conversations in the exhibition space, the whole conference was a hive of inspiration.

The event kicked off the night before the conference with ERIC’s Gala Dinner. The Gala Dinner raffle, which included an overnight stay at the Hilton among other great prizes, raised over £300 for ERIC. ERIC’s Childhood Continence Care Award was presented at the dinner. Click here to find out who won the award and to watch the winner’s speech.

On the day of the conference - 12 October 2016 - ERIC’s CEO Juliette Randall used her welcome address to focus on the importance of early intervention and empowering parents to tackle continence difficulties.

Empowerment was also a feature of Dr Arvind Nagra’s talk about the ‘Ready Steady Go’ programme at Southampton Children’s Hospital. She emphasised the need to empower young people transitioning to adult continence services.

Among the many expert speakers that delegates heard from was ERIC’s founder Dr Penny Dobson MBE who spoke about the campaign coalition she heads up – the Paediatric Continence Forum – and its work to promote integrated continence services.

Researchers from the University of Bristol, Dr Carol Joinson and Dr Katie Whale presented findings from their study into the outcomes and risk factors associated with continence in young people and extended an invitation to all delegates to attend an open seminar to learn more about the findings.

Delegates left the breakout sessions buzzing with ideas about toilet training children with special needs, how to get children to overcome toilet refusal, and the benefits of biofeedback training and neuromodulation.

Special thanks go to the conference sponsors Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Stirling Anglian; to the continence award and breakfast symposium sponsor Coloplast; to Dr Anne Wright who chaired the conference; to the young people who were busy filming and photographing throughout the day; and to the speakers, delegates and exhibitors who made the day so inspiring.

ERIC's Paediatric Continence Conference takes place every two years. The next conference will be in 2018. If you would like to express an early interest in attending as a delegate, speaker or exhibitor, or if you would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities please contact ERIC's Learning and Development Manager Jackie Fuidge - [email protected] / tel. 0117 301 2102.

Check out photos from the conference in the photo album over on Facebook.