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Thank you so much for organising a wonderful conference, it was truly inspiring. My mind was buzzing when I came home. (Kathryn Wright)

ERIC's paediatric continence conference takes place every two years and is the only such event in the UK.

It is aimed at continence advisors, continence nurses, school nurses, GPs and paediatricians and gives them the chance to hear from expert speakers working in the field of child and adolescent bowel and bladder health. The conference also provides an invaluable opportunity to network with other health professionals and visit the stands of a broad range of exhibitors. 

2016 conference highlights

ERIC conference 2016

The last conference was entitled Right Time, Right Place, Right Care and took place in Birmingham on 12 October 2016 with a gala dinner the night before.

The inspiring event, sponsored by Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Stirling Anglian, showcased new research in the field of paediatric continence, highlighted the impact of bowel and bladder problems on the everyday lives of children and teenagers and discussed innovative approaches to managing them.

The conference was approved by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) for up to a maximum of five Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits. 

Highlights from the conference included:

  • ERIC's CEO Juliette Randall used her welcome address to focus on the importance of early intervention and empowering parents to tackle continence difficulties.

  • A group of young people with bowel and bladder problems moved the audience with their speech about the impact of continence problems on their day-to-day lives.

  • Dr Arvind Nagra's talk on the ‘Ready Steady Go’ programme at Southampton Children’s Hospital emphasised the need to empower young people transitioning to adult continence services.

  • ERIC’s founder Dr Penny Dobson MBE spoke about the campaign coalition she heads – 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 a study into the outcomes and risk factors associated with continence in young people.

Further information about the 2016 conference is available at: www.eric.org.uk/conference.

This is first ERIC conference I have been to, it was very well organised. Fantastic speakers and up-to-date research given. The exhibition was brilliant with lots of information to take back to the work place. (Sandra McDermott, School Nurse, Stafford)

Visit our Facebook page to view photos from the 2016 conference.

ERIC's Childhood Continence Care Award

ERIC Childhood Continence Care Award 2016

ERIC Continence Care Award winner Michelle Newton (centre) with Anthony Asquith of Coloplast and ERIC's CEO Juliette Randall 

ERIC’s Childhood Continence Care Award, sponsored by Coloplast, is presented every two years. The award recognises a health professional who has demonstrated excellent continence care for a child or children in the UK within the NHS, local community, or an education setting. It's a chance to shine a light on dedicated individuals who work in an unglamorous profession that rarely gets the attention it deserves.

At the gala dinner on 11 October 2016, the award was presented to Michelle Newton, a Specialist Nurse Practitioner at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s Bladder and Bowel Service. 

Michelle provides care for 400 children with continence problems and trains and supports many community practitioners. She was awarded for her commitment to child-centred care and collaborative working with families. The excellent care, support and advice she provides have empowered parents to take control of how their child’s continence is developed and achieved.

2018 conference

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: [email protected], tel: 0117 301 2102.

An excellently organised, informative and relevant conference. I'd recommend it to anyone working in this area. (Clare Hatherley, Paediatric Bladder & Bowel Care Specialist, Exeter)