Crohn’s & Colitis UK has been working with the Royal College of General Practitioners on the IBD Spotlight project since 2017.
Since then, there have multiple developments to assist GPs in providing the best care for those with Crohn's and Colitis.
The aim of the IBD Spotlight project in its first year was to improve the detection and diagnosis of IBD and to support primary care clinicians to treat, manage and appropriately refer patients with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
In 2018-19 the focus shifted to flare management and how GPs can support their patients to manage their condition longer term.
This collaboration resulted firstly in the RCGP Toolkit, which provides a user-friendly ‘one-stop shop’ for GPs to access all the key information needed when considering whether or not a person has Crohn’s or Colitis.
In June 2019, the Crohn’s and Colitis Flare Pathways were launched providing, once again, a single point of reference which a GP can access guidance for dealing with a person whose known Crohn’s or Colitis is ‘flaring’.
A survey of GPs undertaken by the RCGP at the start of the Spotlight Project revealed that 52% of GPs stated that they were ‘less than confident’ or ‘not confident’ in dealing with patients whose Crohn's or Colitis was flaring. The flare pathway was developed directly to meet these concerns.
In order to improve knowledge of Crohn’s and Colitis in primary care, the RCGP and Crohn’s & Colitis UK have developed a network of IBD Spotlight Champions across the UK.
These individuals, GPs and IBD nurses, undertake training and information sessions within primary care and patient networks, participate in media interviews and place articles in professional and regional press.
Currently, there are IBD Spotlight Champions in London, the South West and North West of England, The Midlands, Norfolk, North and South Wales, and central Scotland.
Recruitment of further Champions in Northern Ireland and northern Scotland is currently underway.
The RCGP and Crohn's & Colitis UK IBD Spotlight Project would not be possible without the support of the Peter Sowerby Foundation.