Inflammatory Bowel Disease:Written question - 31694

Asked by Mrs Anne Main
(St Albans)
Asked on: 17 March 2016
Department of Health
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of how many inflammatory bowel disease services offer all people who are newly diagnosed a patient education session to help them understand their condition.
Answered by: Jane Ellison
Answered on: 24 March 2016

This information is not collected. The organisation of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) services is a local matter.

IBD is the collective name used to describe ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. To support commissioners to deliver local services for people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published the best practice guidance ‘Crohn’s Disease Management in Adults, Children and Young People’, in October 2012 and ‘Ulcerative Colitis Management in Adults, Children and Young People’ in June 2013.

Both guidelines mention providing access to psychological support and the role it can play in patient care. In addition, patient education and patient information support are also highlighted as priorities for implementation. Commissioners should have regard to NICE guidance when delivering local services. The guidance can be found at the following links:

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