Background and introduction
The Urology Trade Association (UTA) is the leading urology industry membership organisation in the UK, representing the majority of urology product manufacturers and suppliers to the urology appliance market. We welcome the opportunity to respond to this inquiry into patient centred care in the 21st Century.
An estimated 6 million people in the UK are affected by continence problems and many rely on urology appliances on a daily basis. High quality urology appliances allow users to effectively manage their conditions, maintaining their quality of life and independence and avoiding repeated medical consultations. Access to appropriate products is also important as poor long-term urological care often has a profound negative impact on a patient’s dignity and wellbeing.
The UTA believes that any future models of NHS care must consider that as the number of people with one or more long term conditions will increase, so will the number of people with continence problems. According to the World Health Organisation, longer life expectancies and an ageing population is likely to lead to an increased prevalence of neurological conditions, of which many will result in continence problems. As such, NHS England must consider making continence care a higher priority and providing clinicians with the support they need to ensure that continence care is provided at an adequate level. The UTA also believes that patients with continence needs must be able to make informed choices about the management of these needs, and must have access to products that best suit their needs. These products can only be provided if NHS staff properly evaluate the long-term implications of procurement on health outcomes and NHS budgets, rather than simply looking to make short term savings. Read more “Royal College of General Practitioners inquiry: Patient Centred Care in the 21st Century”