Exceptional team helping children with essential life skills

Exceptional team helping children with essential life skills

It’s not the most glamorous service, but Children’s Bladder and Bowel Service help children develop life skills that are crucial for every person, every day. They are the team of the month in our May round of Exceptional People Awards.

The team were presented with the award by CEO Dr Nick Broughton in a small ceremony at the Trust headquarters at Littlemore Mental Health Centre. Attending were, as in the picture above (from left):

Clinical Nurse Specialist Janice Leafe, Office Administrator Sue Lynch, Clinical Nurse Specialist Michelle Parsons, Clinical Nurse Specialist Kirsty Harrison, Operational Manager Margaret Fallon, Service Manager Nicky Taylor and CEO Dr Nick Broughton.

Nick said:

“Ever since I started at the Trust – almost exactly two years ago now – I have been very keen that we recognise individuals and teams that go over and above, so I am pleased to present this award to you today for making such a remarkable difference.”

The team had been nominated by Margaret Fallon, Operational Manager for School Health Nursing. She praised the team’s role in helping children developed the essential life skills of continence, and marked how they had redeveloped the service.

“The Childrens’ Bladder and Bowel Service are a small team of six nurses and one administrator who offer a specialist service to children and young people aged 2 -19 years. They have a caseload of over 1,000 patients and deliver 33 clinics a month in venues across the county.

“In the past 18 months the service has completely re-vamped the delivery, developed excellent inclusive partnership working with stakeholders, reduced their waiting list and delivered teaching sessions on early toilet training Now you’re two, it’s time to use the loo.”

Huge difference to families

Their work makes a huge difference to children and families, which is evident from the feedback they have received.

“This is not a glamorous service, but so crucial to the everyday life of every person. The feedback for this marvellous team from the parents says it all. A mother reported that her daughter with additional needs is so proud of her achievements in getting dry in the day and almost dry at night:

“I honestly cannot believe that she has done it! If someone was to tell me 6 months ago that my daughter would be out of nappies, I would have laughed and told them it’s all wishful thinking… but look where we are now!”

Nick Broughton concluded:

“I am very proud of your team – congratulations! And the last 18 months haven’t been the easiest in any service, so to develop the service in that time is even more remarkable.”

The team award is judged by a panel from the Trust’s executive team, and the winners receive a certificate, an engraved glass trophy and £100 gift voucher to treat themselves.

Nominate now for June

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Give someone special or a super team a place in the sun – nominate them for Exceptional People Awards! Closing date for June submissions is June 15.

However, nominations are accepted at any time, so if you miss a certain month’s deadline, your nomination will simply roll into the following month.  Fill in a nomination form online here.

Published: 1 June 2022