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NICE Quality Standards

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published quality standard 70, which covers the assessment and management of nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting) in children and young people aged 18 years or younger.

This quality standard was introduced to help improve the quality of life and psychological wellbeing of children, young people and their families and carers.

As discussed NICE launched a consultation on a draft version of the quality standard on 25th April 2014 which was commented upon by all stakeholders including ourselves, promoCon & the PCF.

The final quality standard published on the 18th September 2014 contains five quality statements, which state that:

  1. Children and young people who are bedwetting have a comprehensive initial assessment.
  2. Children and young people have an agreed review date if they, or their parents or carers, are given advice about changing their daily routine to help with bedwetting.
  3. Children and young people and their parents or carers if appropriate, have a discussion about initial treatment if bedwetting has not improved after changing their daily routine.
  4. Children and young people who are bedwetting receive the treatment agreed in their initial treatment plan.
  5. Children and young people whose bedwetting has not responded to courses of initial treatments are referred for specialist review.

View the document here.

ERIC have also published a press release, announcing the new Quality Standard and the PCF's new Paediatric Continence Commissioning Guide.