Bruce Crawford MSP supports Scotland Leading The Way in improving Inflammatory Bowel Disease Care

The UK’s first National Blueprint¹ for improving Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)² services was celebrated at a reception in the Scottish Parliament and attended by local MSP Bruce Crawford.

The event celebrated the publication of an important new initiative, which aims to improve services for the 26,000 people in Scotland living with IBD held on Tuesday 28th, in Holyrood.

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

The National Blueprint can be implemented across every NHS Health Board in Scotland to result in improved, equitable and more sustainable services aimed at:

  • Reducing outpatient appointments
  • Reducing emergency hospital admissions
  • Improving patient safety
  • Enabling cost effective condition management

Through a planned approach to re-shaping IBD care with NHS Health Boards, patients and clinical engagement, it showed that there can be both improved patient controlled services and better value for NHS Health Boards. This will lead to better care and a better quality of life, for people living with IBD.

Local MSP Bruce Crawford said;

“My constituents living with IBD deserve access to the best possible care and support available. I was very pleased to be able to give my support and attend to find out more about how this National Blueprint when implemented locally, will make a positive difference and improve their quality of life.”  

Kirsty Gibson, 26, who is championing the National Blueprint on behalf of patients said;

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

“At the age of 7, I was hospitalised due to the effects of Ulcerative Colitis and was in there for weeks while they tried to work out what was wrong with me. Having an IBD Nurse has made a huge difference in terms of self managing my condition as I didn’t have an IBD Nurse until I was 18, so I understand the difficulties and appreciate the restraints on services. I am thrilled to be supporting this event and proud to be part of such an important piece of work.”

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