IBD Nurse Specialists Programme - RCN Pathway

This programme will support and fund you to formally credential as an IBD Advanced Nurse Practitioner, through the RCN Credentialing process.

About RCN Credentialing

Credentialing is the only current national programme that allows you to gain formal recognition of your level of expertise and skill in your clinical practice, leadership, education and research skills in IBD, in a way that is recognisable to colleagues, employers, patients and the public.

Credentialing is open to nurses who can demonstrate that they are working at an advanced level of practice in the NHS or independent sector and are either members or non-members of the RCN.

Crohn’s & Colitis UK are working closely with the RCN Credentialing team, and we will cover the cost for you to credential with the RCN and support you through the process.

To find out more about credentialing please visit the RCN website

Why RCN Credentialing?

  • We know that nurse specialists across the UK are working at an advanced level (prescribing, running nurse led services, making autonomous decisions around diagnosis and management) and that this level of nursing is shown to have the greatest impact on patient outcomes.

  • Whilst an MSc in advanced clinical/nursing practice shows a level of practice, it is fixed in a moment of time.

  • RCN Credentialing is the only current nationally agreed accreditation for advanced nursing practice. Through our work with the RCN, IBD is the only clinical area with specialist credentialing. This can be renewed every three years.

What do I need to apply?

For the RCN Credentialing pathway you will require:

  • A completed application form with manager’s signed agreement.
  • Evidence of successful completion of an MSc in Nursing or Advanced Clinical Practice.
  • Please ensure you have completed all the pre-requisite modules as part of your MSc or separately.

How to apply

Applications are now open for the Crohn's & Colitis UK Nurse Specialist Programme. The deadline for application is 10th June 2024.

To apply, please review the following documents and return a completed application form to ibdnursing@crohnsandcolitis.org.uk.

If you have any questions about the programme, please get in touch at ibdnursing@crohnsandcolitis.org.uk.

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