Northern Care Alliance FT: Paediatric Trans-Anal Irrigation Training in the Child’s Home Instead of in a Hospital Setting

Children with intractable faecal incontinence may be prescribed a trans-anal irrigation (TAI) system to aid bowel emptying and prevent constipation/soiling. Prior to TAI, invasive surgery was the only option. Up until recently, anal irrigation was taught to the families in a hospital setting, which can involve multiple hospital visits. The objective was to teach families in the comfort of their own home, at a time to suit the family, bypassing travel and parking costs and the need to take time off work. It also benefits the NHS as hospital beds are not occupied and training costs are less than when done in the community.

The judges said this was a great presentation by a dedicated team. The initiative is making a real difference to improving the quality of life to children and their families. It could be easily replicated across the rest of the country and make a real difference to so many more children and save money for families and the NHS. 

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