Why is multidisciplinary care so important?
Crohn’s and Colitis are complex and fluctuating conditions affecting many parts of the body and mind. The physical and emotional effects can vary hugely from one person to another and over time. That’s why care needs to be delivered by a team of healthcare professionals, including IBD nurse specialists, gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, pharmacists, dietitians and psychologists.
Because care can involve lots of different healthcare professionals, including your GP and specialists for skin, joints and eyes, it also needs to be well-coordinated. This is especially important when young people move from children’s services to adult services – called “transition”.
But we know from the IBD Patient Survey that many teams do not have enough specialists and care is not as well-coordinated as it needs to be.
Our IBD nurse specialist programme funds the continuing education of IBD nurse specialists and we will continue to campaign for everyone with Crohn’s or Colitis to have access to an IBD nurse specialist, as part of the full specialist team, whatever their age and wherever they live in the UK.
Patient engagement and feedback
We believe it’s fundamental that people with Crohn’s and Colitis are involved in the decisions about how services are delivered - no project or health service will be as good as it could be without the input of people affected by the conditions.
Find out more about patient engagement in health services here including our position statement and support for both healthcare professionals and people with Crohn’s and Colitis looking to shape their care.