New Crohn’s and Colitis podcast for GPs

04 October 2019

A new podcast has been launched as part of the Crohn’s & Colitis UK and RCGP Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Spotlight Project to raise awareness of the conditions in primary care.

Hosted by GP and Regional IBD Champion for the Spotlight Project, Dr Charlie Andrews, ‘The IBD series for Primary Care’ podcast aims to raise awareness and increase understanding in key areas of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis management for primary care doctors.

Following ‘a conversation with’ format, the series opens with Charlie speaking to Aileen Fraser, Lead IBD Clinical Nurse Specialist at Bristol Royal Infirmary. Aileen discusses her role, the sorts of questions she receives from GPs, how she can help support people living with Crohn’s or Colitis and clinicians in the community, and gives practical advice for primary care professionals. 


If you are a GP and in your role you look after people with IBD, this series is for you!  Throughout the series, I will be talking to experts in IBD care, and delivering advice relevant to GPs about diagnosis and management of this lifelong condition.

Dr Charlie Andrews, 
GP and Regional IBD Champion for the Spotlight Project

To support both GPs and patients, Crohn’s & Colitis UK have partnered with the Royal College of General Practitioners to create the IBD Spotlight Project to improve the detection and aid early diagnosis of Crohn’s and Colitis. The IBD Spotlight Project helps primary care doctors to refer, manage and support people with the conditions.

As well as the new podcast series, the IBD Toolkit is a ‘one-stop shop’ for GPs and other primary care professionals, including key facts about IBD, information on managing flares and supporting people living with Crohn’s or Colitis to stay well.

The Regional IBD Champions, including Dr Charlie Andrews, deliver talks, network with both primary and secondary care colleagues to help speed up referral and diagnosis and improve the support that primary care health professionals can give to their Crohn’s and Colitis patients. 


We want to arm GPs with as much relevant information as possible to increase their understanding of Crohn’s and Colitis, and this includes doing so in different formats. ‘The IBD series for Primary Care’ covers a variety of topics, featuring interesting conversations and practical advice. This will help contribute to our aim of early and accurate diagnosis for all, as we continue to raise awareness of Crohn’s and Colitis in the GP community.

Elaine Steven
Health Service Programme Manager, Crohn’s & Colitis UK

‘The IBD series for Primary Care’ will focus on the following topics, featuring an interview with a clinician or patient in each episode, and including everything that a GP needs to know about Crohn’s and Colitis.

  • Conversation with an IBD Specialist Nurse
  • The challenge of detection and diagnosis
  • Flare management in Ulcerative Colitis
  • Flare management in Crohn’s Disease
  • Diet and IBD
  • Pregnancy, fertility and IBD
  • IBD in children
  • Chronic disease management

Listen to the new podcast's first episode