A new updated Excellence in Continence Care guide has been published, promoting equal access to services and treatment for all. It is applicable to all children, young people, adults and the elderly, taking into account their diverse needs from assessment, diagnosis and treatment to recovery where possible. The purpose is to promote consistent practice, improve the experiences of people with continence needs, drive advances in clinical outcomes and reduce health inequalities.

It brings together evidence based resources and research and provides a practical means for commissioners to understand continence needs within their local population, as well as specify and contract for continence services, effectively measure outcomes and experience and work towards reducing health inequalities.

The 2018 version includes the following changes:

  • Links to NICE guidance, updates to references and signposting to useful resources
  • New sections on transition, care homes and a greater focus on bowel care and primary care
  • New examples of good practice.

Case studies

In addition to case studies referenced in the 2018 guide, additional examples are listed below: