A project to initiate positive change for those affected by bladder and bowel conditions.

Bladder and bowel conditions are very common in the UK, affecting more than one in five people. More common than hay fever, we know that the symptoms can significantly affect everyday lives.

As part of our open innovation programme, Create Open Health, we are working in partnership with the Bladder and Bowel Confidence Health Integration Team (BABCON HIT)*.

The Create Open Health programme was launched in 2019 as an ‘open innovation’ initiative, in order to find new entrepreneurial talent with digital ideas, solutions or products to address key challenges faced by the NHS.

Now in its second run, and in partnership with the BABCON HIT, our combined aim is to develop a positive solution with the potential to make a real difference to the lives of those people living with a bladder or bowel condition.

As with any healthcare innovation challenge, the starting point is always understanding the problem. We do this by engaging with those affected, in order to gather insight about the challenges they face and the ambitions they have, living directly, or indirectly, with the condition.

What happens next?

These workshops play a vital part in the Create Open Health innovation process. The insights and experience participants share will help guide the ideas and creativity in the right direction from the very start. The statements will help inform future initiatives as well as the next stages of the Create Open Health programme as we explore innovative healthcare solutions to the challenges identified.

For more information, please email weahsn.innovation@nhs.net

Additional Support

For information, signposting and confidential support, we would also like to highlight the national helplines provided by:

In addition, BABCON recently launched the CONfidence app to provide self-help advice and guidance (free of charge). It puts information that can help in the palm of your hand. It has been brought together by clinical experts and patients and the public, however please note that it is not linked to a clinical service as such. It provides education and advice to help people to understand their symptoms and try out things that might help.

This work is being delivered in partnership with the BABCON HIT and Disruptive Thinking.

* The BABCON HIT is one of Bristol Health Partner Academic Health Science Centre’s¬† Health Integration Teams (HITs), created to take a whole system approach to bladder and bowel continence.

Disruptive Thinking is a business consultancy providing programme delivery in innovative sectors including digital, media and tech startups.

The inaugural Create Open Health programme, which took place in 2019, focussed on solutions to help build resilience in young people to support their mental health. You can read more about this work here.