Scotland leads the way in improving Crohn’s and Colitis services

28 June 2016

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The UK’s first National Blueprint for improving health services for those with Crohn's or Colitis in Scotland has been launched by Crohn’s & Colitis UK.  

The new National Blueprint was celebrated at a reception in the Scottish Parliament sponsored by Clare Adamson, MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw. The event was held in Holyrood on Tuesday 28 June to herald the publication of the National Blueprint – an important initiative which aims to improve services for the 26,000 people in Scotland living with Crohn's or Colitis. 

The National Blueprint is the first of its kind in the UK and is designed to ensure that people living with Crohn's or Colitis in Scotland receive equitable, timely and appropriate care, thereby improving their health and ability to participate in education, work and social life.

It sets out the key components of an IBD service for Scotland - drawing on real life experience and examples from two diverse NHS Health Boards, NHS Highland and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde - which would lead to better care and a better quality of life for people living with Crohn's or Colitis. 

It is fantastic that Scotland is becoming the pioneer of IBD care and is leading the way with a National Blueprint. I have experienced first-hand the care provided to someone diagnosed with Crohn's or Colitis in Scotland, and I am thrilled that patients, the Government and Crohn’s & Colitis UK have come together to formulate a national plan to ensure that everybody receives the best possible care.

Kirsty, 26
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 1997

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