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Lib Dems call for Incontinence Prevention Training in Scotland

Midwives, health visitors and other health professionals should get specific training on incontinence prevention, as part of a new nationwide continence strategy in Scotland, according to the Liberal Democrats.  Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton, MPS for Edinburgh Western, said it was time to tackle taboos around the subject that can prevent sufferers seeking treatment. In a motion put to the Scottish parliament, he suggested a national continence strategy could help improve the quality of life of hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Read more.

Source: Nursing Times, October 13, 2017

P&G Partners with Walmart Around Raising Awareness on Common Issue

In order to help normalize the topic of bladder leaks, Always Discreet is working with retailers to educate women nationwide. As an example, Procter & Gamble’s Always Discreet brand on Thursday worked with Walmart to launch a new, inspirational video to help women understand how common bladder leaks are and to rethink their negative feelings.  “Because many women avoid talking about their bladder leaks, they can often feel alone in their experience, embarrassed to bring up the topic, and hesitant to shop for and wear incontinence products,” stated Barbara Hannah Grufferman, positive living expert, author and Always Discreet spokesperson. “Over the years, I’ve spoken to thousands of women around the country who have bladder leaks, and most women don’t realize how common and normal it is. The good news is that once women realize how many other women experience it too, they feel better about it and themselves,” she said. “That’s what’s been captured in this video, and the hope is that women watch it, make that connection for themselves and feel more confident, empowered and compelled to live their best lives and stand in solidarity with the many other women who experience bladder leaks too.” Read more.

Source: Drug Store News, May 4, 2017

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NMC Urged to Tackle ‘Glaring Hole’ in Bowel and Bladder Education

A “glaring hole” in training that is failing to ensure nurses are taught bowel and bladder care is putting patients at risk, a group of MPs has warned. In a letter to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Continence Care urged the regulator to consider including such training in pre-registration education, as part of its current review of university standards.  The group of MPs said it was a concern that it was not a core competency for nurses, considering that fact that more than 14 million adults in the UK had bladder control problems and 6.5 million have bowel control issues, and 900,000 children and young people have bladder and bowel dysfunction. Read more.

Source: Nursing Times, March 1, 2017