Dr Kevin Barrett is a GP, working to improve awareness of IBD among GPs. Kevin also has Crohn's Disease himself.
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2005 but I had symptoms for around a year before I got my diagnosis and I thought how can I use my experiences to improve that for other patients. I could see that lots of patients were unhappy with the time it took to get their diagnosis and I wanted to improve that.
Changes have also been made to the GP curriculum so that all GP trainees will now learn more about Crohn’s and Colitis, how best to diagnose it and support their patients.
The Spotlight Project is a wonderful collaboration between the Royal College of GPs and Crohn’s and Colitis UK to raise awareness amongst GPs of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. IBD isn’t just about the bowel symptoms, it’s about all aspects of a person’s life.
Regional events and the toolkit have helped to share good practice like referral and shared care pathways which coordinate care.
Kevin has also been in podcasts with a patient and an IBD Nurse Specialist, talking about how to deliver joined-up care.
Liaison between primary and secondary care is not as good as it could be in many areas – the more we can do to get joined-up care between GPs and hospital care the better.