The ERIC Conference 2018 provided a varied programme suitable for a range of professionals working with children and their families. Each morning presentation lasted just the right amount of time and there were excellent speakers throughout the whole of the day. The ERIC staff were friendly and approachable as were the exhibition holders. Overall an excellent, well organised day. Thank you ERIC! (Siobhan Castle, Health Play Specialist, Ipswich Hospital)   

Conference objectives

  • Bring the latest research to the forefront of practice
  • Highlight the impact of bladder & bowel problems on family life
  • Opportunities to hear about the most up to date technologies
  • Exciting new policy developments
  • Sharing ideas and perspectives through the multi-disciplinary team

Evidence of attendance and certification will be provided in order to support CPD and NMC revalidation for nurses

Programme to include:

  • NHS England led National Bladder & Bowel Health Project - Sue Doheny, NHS England
  • Neuromodulation for Constipation and Faecal Incontinence in Children - Georgina Malakounides, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon & Andrea Jordan, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist, Addenbrookes Hospital
  • Building a Paediatric Continence Service: A New Approach - Jennifer Walsh, Powys Teaching Health Board
  • Clean Intermittent Catheterisation: Exploration of factors that impact on successful CIC management - Mr Massimo Garriboli, Consultant Paediatric Urologist at Evelina London Children’s Hospital
  • Incontinence in Children with Neurodisability (ICoN) A systematic review of effectiveness and contextual factors that modify implementation of interventions. Dissemination of research findings - University of Exeter
  • URApp: A smartphone app to aid self-management of daytime urinary incontinence in young people
     - Carol Joinson, Associate Professor (Reader) in Developmental Psychology at the University of Bristol
  • Bladder and Bowel Confidence (BABCON) Health Integration Team - Dr. Nikki Cotterill, University of the West of England
  • New Sens-u bladder sensor


  1. Catheterisation made easy: Accessing bladders via suprapubic, urethral, Mitrofanoff routes and mickey buttons - Keisha Hepburn, Evelina Children's Hospital
  2. Toileting Techniques - Sammy Randall, Occupational Therapist, The Children's Trust
  3. Let's Go Potty! ERIC's campaign to raise awareness of the importance of timely potty training and how to make it happen in your locality - Juliette Rayner and the ERIC Team
  4. When to Relax and When to Contract - what should you be doing with your pelvic floor? - Led by Brenda Cheer, ERIC Nurse

Speakers' biographies

Find out more about our expert speakers:

Brenda Cheer

Keisha Hepburn

Carol Joinson