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a crohns logo with strapline.cbSeptember 20 2017

Crohn’s & Colitis UK has issued a new inflammatory bowel disease toolkit for GPs. The IBD toolkit is the result of a collaboration with the RCGP as part of the charity’s Spotlight project to improve understanding of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in primary care.

 The toolkit is hosted on the RCGP website and has the following sections:

  • Key facts
  • Top tips
  • Clinical guidance for practices
  • Identifying IBD
  • Managing IBD
  • Medications
  • Complications
  • Resources for training, appraisal and research
  • Resources and guidance for patients and carers
  • Information for NHS managers and commissioning organisations.

“The IBD toolkit is free to access and will be developed further throughout the project. Feedback is very welcome to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,” said the charity. “The Spotlight Project will also be delivering a number of free workshops and further learning resources for GPs throughout 2017-18.”

Dr Kevin Barrett, the RCGP and Crohn’s & Colitis UK Clinical Champion for IBD, helped develop the toolkit with the patient representative Rachel Fowler and the project’s steering group. He pointed out that IBD affects at least 1 in 250 of the UK population and prevalence is rising.

“Early diagnosis, managing flares, supporting patients to stay well and monitoring long-term risks are all vital aspects of care,” he said. “The RCGP’s IBD toolkit is designed to help GPs better identify and manage IBD, and provide educational resources for healthcare professionals and patients alike.”

The toolkit follows the launch of IBD UK, a “new alliance of organisations responsible for driving up the standards of care and treatment of people with IBD. The overarching goal of this group is to ensure that people with IBD receive consistent high quality, person-centred care wherever they live in the UK and have the best possible outcomes.”

Chrohn’s & Colitis UK says the partnership of organisations “will focus on a range of issues from defining quality by looking at what does ‘good’ patient centred care look like, to embedding research, and quality improvement in IBD services and care. The group will also look at sharing good practice and communication, and raising IBD on the political agenda.”

Links:
Crohn’s & Colitis UK toolkit announcement
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Toolkit on RCGP website    

Crohn’s & Colitis UK announcement of IBD partnership   https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/news/launch-of-ibd-uk

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