Nurse Specialist Programme

The Crohn’s & Colitis UK Nursing Programme meets our ambition to support IBD Nurses becoming ‘Crohn’s & Colitis UK Nurse Specialists’ and creating a community by bringing together clinical IBD teams and the charity.

Central to our charity’s strategy is our belief that all those living with Crohn’s & Colitis should have access to a suitably qualified IBD Nurse Specialist.

We currently have 34 Crohn’s & Colitis UK Nurse Specialists across the UK enrolled in our programme.

Read more about our story and impact of the Nursing Programme between 2019-2021.

What can the Crohn’s & Colitis UK Nurse Specialist Programme offer you as a Crohn’s & Colitis UK Nurse Specialist?

Becoming a Crohn’s & Colitis UK Nurse Specialist is a unique opportunity to gain funding and support for your education and development.

All Crohn’s & Colitis UK Nurse Specialists come together for Community Days four times a year, which enables them to get to know others on the programme, building a community and network of support.

Our Crohn’s & Colitis UK Nursing Programme is open to IBD Nurses through two pathways:

  1. IBD Nurse Specialists that have an MSc and want to credential with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner.
  2. IBD Nurse Specialists that wish to undertake an MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (part-time, over 3 years).

For the MSc pathway, Crohn's & Colitis UK will fund up to £10,000, and we will provide peer support for nurses on the programme.  For the credentialing pathway, we will cover the cost for you to credential with the RCN.

In order to join the Crohn’s & Colitis UK Nursing Programme, IBD Nurse Specialists will need to meet a clear person specification and application process.

Applications are now closed for 2024.

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Helpline service


We know it can be difficult to live with, or support someone living with these conditions. But you’re not alone. We provide up-to-date, evidence-based information and can support you to live well with Crohn’s or Colitis.

Our helpline team can help by:

  • Providing information about Crohn’s and Colitis.

  • Listening and talking through your situation.

  • Helping you to find support from others in the Crohn’s and Colitis community.

  • Signposting you to specialist organisations.

Please be aware we’re not medically or legally trained. We cannot provide detailed financial or benefits advice or specialist emotional support.

Please contact us via telephone, email or LiveChat - 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (except English bank holidays).

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If you need specific medical advice about your condition, your GP or IBD team will be best placed to help.

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