National Praise for Cornwall Based Nurse

A Nurse Consultant for Cornwall’s Bladder and Bowel Specialist Service has been awarded a prestigious title from the Association for Continence Advice (ACA), who work to drive excellence in bladder and bowel care.

National Praise for Cornwall Based Nurse

Sharon Eustice, a Nurse Consultant who works for Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT), has been awarded the ACA Fellowship Award; a title given in recognition of the breadth and significance of the work she has undertaken in promoting continence care.

Based in Truro, Sharon is the brainchild behind the Femmeze; a dignified, personal solution that helps women who suffer from pelvic organ prolapse be able to pass stools in a more discrete and hygienic manner. More recently, Sharon has compiled guidance on the provision of absorbent pads for adult incontinence. Sharon’s guidance will be shared amongst the wider health community to give guidance and advice to help continence services.

Bladder and bowel problems are common and in most cases treatable, but they are poorly understood. It is estimated that incontinence affects up to 50,000 people in Cornwall and 12.5 million people in England. Although the risk of incontinence increases with age and is a reason for care home admission, symptoms affect every section of the population and across all stages of life, including children, people with a learning disability or other chronic conditions as well as otherwise healthy adults.

Another piece of work undertaken by Sharon and NHS England is the completion of a first and more recently, work towards a second edition of guidance to help improve the care and experience of children and adults with continence issues. The guidance brings together the most up-to-date research and resources to support commissioners and healthcare providers to raise the standard of continence care. The guidance encourages greater collaboration between health and social care, working in partnership with the third sector, as set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View.

By gaining the ACA Fellowship Award, Sharon will be able to provide mentorship to the ACA Executive Committee, represent the Association externally in the promotion of improved continence practice and to influence future strategic planning. She commented “I am delighted and honored to receive the award from the ACA.”