An IBD team is a multidisciplinary team of Consultant Gastroenterologists, Surgeons, Registrars, Pharmacists, IBD Nurse Specialists, Psychologists and Dietitians, all with a specialist knowledge of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Working closely with one another, holding regular meetings and reviewing complex cases enables the provision of a high standard of care for patients with IBD.
Multidisciplinary team working is an integral part of the 2019 IBD Standards and essential to delivering safe, consistent, high-quality personalised care for everyone in the UK with Crohn’s and Colitis. More information on the new IBD Standards can be viewed on theIBD UK website.
IBD Nurse Specialists play a fundamental role in delivering high quality patient care and experience, leading patient centred service redesign and improving the quality of care. They also represent excellent value for money.
What do IBD Nurse Specialists do?
Within the multidisciplinary team operates a small team of IBD Nurse Specialists. They have extensive training and experience in gastroenterology and are especially interested in treating and supporting patients with IBD.
IBD Nurse Specialists can conduct both face-to-face and telephone clinics, provide advice on how to manage the condition and refer patients to other relevant specialists within the team.
Meet the team
IBD Clinical Nurse Specialist
Provides specialist care, procedures, education and support to patients.
Senior IBD Clinical Nurse Specialist
Provides leadership and advanced specialist knowledge of IBD to patients, public, academics and other staff. Provides specialist care, procedures, education and support to patients.
Administrative support for IBD meetings, IBD database recording and audit.
Diagnoses the signs and symptoms of digestive diseases and performs appropriate tests, such as endoscopy
Consultant Colorectal Surgeons
Performs a variety of procedures used to repair damage caused by diseases of the lower digestive tract.
Images the abdominal area using a variety of techniques to diagnose and monitor IBD.
Dispenses and advises on medications for IBD, including biologics.
Devises diets to compensate for nutrient deficiencies and help manage the symptoms of IBD.
Examines tissue samples from patients suspected of having IBD for diagnosis, treatment and study.
Supports in the management of mental wellbeing, through assessment and development of strategies to manage the emotional side of IBD as well as the symptoms.
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