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Hertfordshire County Council

Information for professionals and carers

See how our experts with learning disabilities support our work


Articles from specialists

Dying for a poo: constipation and sepsis - Written by Anne Hunt, Sepsis Lead Nurse, East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

We need to talk about poo - article from subject matter expert Louisa Whait, Regional Coordinator - Midlands and East, Learning Disability Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme.      

Guidance for managing constipation

Making reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities in the management of constipation - A guide from Public Health England.

News and events

We have attended local careers fairs and held various award ceremonies to present Purple Star awards, celebrating the success and achievements of teams and settings. Some of these include:

  • the new QEII Ambulatory Care team, along with the teams at Midway Surgery St Albans and Dolphin House Surgery Ware, received their Purple Star awards for adapting their services to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities. These awards were presented by Graham Duff – Strategic Lead Nurse for Hertfordshire County Council's Adult Disability Service and Hilary Gardener - Strategic Liaison Nurse for Primary Care
  • the Purple Star Strategy was a finalist in the Nursing Times award for bridging the gap of health inequalities
  • community nurse Barbie Sayers ran a careers fair at the University of Hertfordshire.  

Easy read guides

What is constipation? An easy read leaflet from South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Katie says "Why do I have constipation?" Our comic strip explains the signs of constipation and what actions to take.

Visual charts and resources

Bristol stool chart (PDF 105 kb) Opening a new window - a visual reference guide.

Bowel monitoring charts - use these with the Bristol stool chart to monitor a person's bowel movements for signs of constipation:

Fibre intake poster - a visual guide to the recommended daily fibre intake.

Bowel Cancer UK

020 7940 1760

Beating Bowel Cancer

020 8973 0011

Nottingham Bowel Screening Hub

0800 707 6060