In May 2013 the ERIC Nurse Early Interventions Project (ERIC Nurse Project) was launched in Bristol and South Gloucestershire working in partnership with The Community Children’s Health Partnership. The three-year pilot study was funded by a Department of Health Innovation Grant. The project aimed to increase early intervention into childhood continence problems and promote excellence in continence care. Nursing Times Award

The ERIC Nurse project won a prestigious Nursing Times Award in October 2016. The project was praised for its innovation in supporting patients and professionals to tackle continence problems early. 

The specific aims of the project were:

  1. To increase parents’ awareness of what a continence issue is and where to go for support
  2. To increase frontline health professionals’ (e.g. Health Visitors, School Health Nurses, Family Nurse Partnership teams) and early years workers’ (e.g. childminders, children centre staff, nursery nurses) ability to support parents and children around childhood continence
  3. To improve the child’s journey through continence care in Bristol and South Gloucestershire

The project delivered three main outputs:

  • Information leaflets to increase parents’ awareness of what a continence issue is and where to go for support.
  • Training for over 1,000 front line healthcare professionals and early years workers to increase their knowledge and skills to better support parents and children around continence.
  • Development of a generic children’s continence pathway to improve the child’s journey through continence care.

Read the ERIC Nurse project evaluation report here (PDF file)