Training and Education

  • Veronica HallEmail author


There is a European mandate for education and training in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), endorsed by United Kingdom IBD Standards (IBD Standards Group, Quality Care: Service Standards for the healthcare of people who have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), 2013) and NECCO (O’Connor et al., J Crohn’s Colitis 7(9):744–764, 2013) who support the premise that nurses in an IBD role need to have basic and specialist IBD knowledge. Due to the variation in boundaries and scope of practice of those involved in IBD patient care the type of training and education needs to be tailored to suit the needs of both the service and the professional. Whilst some countries such as the Netherlands have very specific academic courses and qualifications for IBD nurses, most countries are still in varying stages of development. Therefore a hybrid of training approaches can be useful. This chapter refers to UK resources due to the location and expertise of the author. However the focus includes principles and practicalities of delivering training that are fit for purpose and could be transferrable to the training and development needs of a specific service or individual. It will include:
  • In house, on the job training utilizing competencies and supervised practice.

  • Formal academic training at bachelor’s and Master’s level including the advantages of e-learning

  • Professional bodies role in education and training

  • Corporate sponsorship learning opportunities

  • Portfolio development


Competency Formal education Professional bodies Portfolio 



Thanks to Aileen Fraser, Clinical Nurse Specialist in IBD at Bristol Royal Infirmary for kindly sharing her in house competencies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Bolton HospitalGreater ManchesterUK
  2. 2.University of SalfordSalfordUK

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