Scotland Leading The Way

Scotland Leading the Way, a National Blueprint for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Scotland, will help improve the health services received by those living with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis across Scotland.

The National Blueprint is the first of its kind in the UK and is designed to ensure that people living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Scotland receive equitable, timely and appropriate care, thereby improving their health, and ability to participate in education, work, social and family life.

Our belief is that the learning from the National Blueprint can be implemented across every NHS Health Board in Scotland to result in improved, equitable and more sustainable services aimed at:

  • Reducing outpatient appointments
  • Reducing emergency hospital admissions
  • Improving patient safety
  • Enabling cost effective condition management 

Drawing on real life experience and examples from two diverse NHS Health Boards – NHS Highland and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde – we have identified the key components of an IBD service for Scotland that would lead to better care and a better quality of life for people living with IBD.

Through a planned approach to re-shaping IBD care with NHS Health Boards, patient and clinical engagement, it showed that there can be both improved patient centred/patient controlled services and better value for NHS Health Boards. This will lead to better care and a better quality of life, for people living with IBD in Scotland. 

Kirsty from Ayr, South West Scotland, who is championing the National Blueprint on behalf of patients, said:

It is fantastic that Scotland is becoming the pioneer of IBD care and is leading the way with a National Blueprint. I have experienced first-hand the care provided to someone diagnosed with IBD in Scotland, and I am thrilled that patients, the Government and Crohn’s and Colitis UK have come together to formulate a national plan to ensure that everybody receives the best possible care.

Kirsty Gibson, 26
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 1997

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