Solving catheter care challenges

Woman and GP discussing catheter care idea

People with catheters face many challenges when it comes to the care they receive.

On Tuesday 27 January, health and social care professionals, voluntary and community sector colleagues, carers and people with catheters came together at Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care’s Catheter Summit.

The Catheter Summit aimed to identify these challenges to delivering high quality catheter care and think of solutions to overcome them.

Adrian Hopper, Consultant Geriatrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust said: “The event was a real success with lots of great ideas about how we could tackle the issues with catheter care and a commitment to change. One of the key messages to take away is that there should be no patient with a catheter who doesn’t have a care plan in place.”

The ideas developed by the group ranged from improving the care pathway within the community, trialling a 24/7 rapid response service for people’s catheter problems, to supporting self-management in the community.

Woman writing idea to improve catheter care

A working group, made up of health and social care professionals and voluntary and community sector colleagues, is now taking this forward by exploring these ideas in more detail to assess what impact they could have on improving catheter care across care settings.

One of the ideas already being taken forward is the Catheter Passport, a patient owned document that should follow them at discharge and be used to keep a record of catheter changes or issues.  

The passport will improve information sharing between care providers and empower the patient to manage their own catheter.  The Catheter Passport is currently being tested at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital; and will shortly be rolled out to all wards.

Throughout the event people were tweeting using the hashtag #CatheterSummit, see the social media summary below or click here.