Specialist care for people with IBD promotes patient welbeing as well as reducing pressure on other departments.
The 2006 audit of IBD services found notable inconsistency in standards of care across the country. In response to this, the national IBD Standards were developed to define the benchmark for IBD services.
Some benefits of the presence of IBD Nurse Specialists:
- Reduction of clinical risk to patients
- Reduction in the use of A&E and primary care for IBD emergencies
- Consultancy time for non-specialists is freed up
- Telephone clinics reduce the need for face-to-face follow-up appointments
- Medical and dietary interventions may reduce the number of necessary surgical interventions.
Crohn's and Colitis UK places great value on the role of Specialist IBD Nurses. Our 'More IBD Nurses - Better Care' campaign highlights the importance of Specialist IBD Nurses and calls for better access to Specialist IBD Nurses, meaning better care across the UK.
We know that care for people with Crohn’s and Colitis can vary quite a lot and this needs to change.
Some people are supported by a team of IBD specialists, involved in decisions about their ongoing care and have access to services like psychological and dietetic support. Whereas others can wait a long time for their diagnosis, can struggle to know what to do when in a flare and feel they don’t know who to turn to when they need advice.
Because of these variations in care, Crohn’s & Colitis UK helped form IBD UK, a partnership of 17 patient and professional organisations, including the British Society of Gastroenterology, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Physicians. IBD UK’s aim is that everyone, wherever they live and whatever they age, should receive safe, consistent, high-quality and personalised care.
To make sure this happens, IBD UK have developed the IBD Standards. These are a framework of statements that set out what high-quality care looks like at every point of the patient journey, from pre-diagnosis, to surgery and ongoing care.