Resources for Healthcare Professionals

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With over 1 in 123 people in UK living with Crohn’s or Colitis, we are here to offer a range of resources to help community healthcare professionals, including GPs and pharmacists, to recognise the signs and symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and to support people who are already diagnosed.  

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Framework for Professional Practice for Nurses Working in IBD

This framework for professional practice will provide much needed guidance and support for nurses to develop themselves and their teams for the ongoing benefit of their patients. It also acknowledges the many and varied roles within the field of IBD nursing and the need for training and development, as well as ongoing support from managers to enable growth within IBD nursing teams.

Now updated: RCGP Inflammatory Bowel Disease Toolkit

This IBD toolkit aims to be a 'one-stop-shop', a user-friendly guide to IBD for GPs and other primary care professionals.

NEW - Hot Topics Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Extra-intestinal Manifestations Clinic

Extra-intestinal manifestations occur in up to half of people with IBD. They are many and varied - in some cases, it may be the first sign of IBD, others may occur in people years after diagnosis even when their GI symptoms are well controlled.

Early diagnosis

More than a quarter of people wait more than a year for a diagnosis of Crohn’s or Colitis. During this time, debilitating symptoms like severe stomach pain and diarrhoea mean nearly half end up in A&E at least once while waiting for a diagnosis. Because of the stigma and misunderstanding surrounding these conditions, thousands suffer in silence.

We are fighting to change this.

Through our Early Diagnosis programme, we want to ensure that people get their diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible, when it can do the most good. We are working with healthcare professionals and professional bodies, raising awareness of Crohn’s and Colitis symptoms among the general public and working with national and local policymakers to ensure that early diagnosis of Crohn’s and Colitis is high on the agenda.

The resources on this page are here to support you. Find out more about the campaign.

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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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