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Recognising specialist practice through credentialing: Inflammatory bowel disease

Wendy Preston & Isobel Mason 19 May 2022

An RCN pilot to credential nurses and recognise their advanced level practice in the care of people with inflammatory bowel disease.

Crohn's and Colitis UK partnered with the RCN to develop the first advanced level nursing practice credentialing for a speciality: Inflammatory bowel disease nursing that recognises individual nurses’ competence across the four pillars of advanced practice.

The first cohort of four nurses who are part of a programme of education and support by Crohn’s & Colitis UK are the first Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Nurses in the UK to have completed Advanced Practice Credentialing (IBD).

RCN Credentialing gives nurses formal recognition of their advanced level of expertise. We have worked together to ensure IBD nurse specialists can demonstrate their skills in clinical practice, leadership, education, and research to colleagues, employers, patients, and the public – by developing the first ever specialist credentialing pathway. Crohn's & Colitis UK will continue to support nurse specialists as they use their expertise, advanced practice, leadership, and education to support people living with Crohn's and Colitis. More nurses have been recruited to the programme this year, and credentialing with the RCN allows nurses to demonstrate their advanced level of practice. Through sharing best nursing practice and giving access to charity resources and support, we can give our nurses the skills, knowledge, and resources to ensure high-quality, sustainable IBD care.

Wendy Preston & Isobel Mason

Head of Nursing practice & Service Lead IBD nurses

Wendy is Head of Nursing Practice at the RCN & Honorary Consultant Nurse in Warwickshire. Isobel is the service lead at Crohn's & Colitis UK and Consultant Nurse at The Royal Free NHS FT

Page last updated - 19/05/2022