This is a response to the Health Select Committee inquiry into the management of long-term conditions.
- Continence problems are an element in many long-term conditions, with many patients using urology devices such as catheters to help manage this issue. Clinicians need to be encouraged to consider associated issues, such as continence, which may arise from certain long-term conditions, and take proactive steps to assess their patients’ wellbeing in this area.
- Patients need to be able to access specialist advice to help them manage their conditions and choose the right products, and need to be able to access those products – often there are local restrictions in place which prevent this from happening, despite the national processes in place such as Part IX of the Drug Tariff.
- Both general clinical and procurement staff should be encouraged to improve their knowledge of continence care and the importance of patients being able to access appropriate levels of care, support and treatment products.
- There is a need for greater coordination between hospital and community care, particularly for individuals with long-term conditions who may have repeated admissions to hospital.