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Inflammatory Bowel Disease: from Aetiology to Diagnosis and Management HEA4271


At least 500,000 people in the United Kingdom (UK) live with Crohn’s disease (CD) or ulcerative colitis (UC) and the numbers affected are rising (IBD UK, 2021; CCUK, 2022). These conditions are lifelong, relapsing and remitting, and patients are often diagnosed at a young age. Lifetime costs to the NHS associated with IBD care are comparable to diabetes or cancer. This module has been designed to meet the holistic needs of people living with IBD. The module traverses both adults and paediatrics, offering an insight into the management of and complexities associated with IBD across the generations.

Module code:HEA4271
Module credits:20
Cost for new students:£1000 for 2024/2025 academic year

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Who is this module for?

This module is open to all health care professionals who are looking to increase their knowledge and competence in the holistic management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. This module can be taken as a standalone or a part of a wider master level programme.

What are the key aims of the module?

The module has been developed by IBD Specialist nurses in conjunction with Crones and Colitis UK The module design follows the framework for Professional Practice for Nurses Working in Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Adult and Paediatric Care Settings (2024) Royal College of Nursing. In addition, the content has been tailored to support not only adult patients but also younger patients and those who are in transition between paediatric and adult healthcare services. Upon completion of the module, a student will have the skills, ability, confidence and competence to holistically manage IBD patients within their scope of practice and capabilities as part of their clinical roles, This module will provide a framework in relation to leadership, clinical practice, education, leadership and management thus supporting the IBD workforce as outlined by the aforementioned policy.

How will I study?

The delivery of the module is over 5 days. The first two days will be face to face on campus, allowing for the module to be outlined and for you to network with fellow students. The remaining three days will be online where sessions have been specifically designed to support distance learning and interaction.

What will I study?

The module will explore the following key areas:

  • Anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology
  • Common IBD disorders/Extra intestinal manifestations
  • History taking in clinical practice
  • Clinical examination skills
  • Evidence-based international, national and local clinical and policy guidelines and interventions
  • Communication skills (remote consultation skills)
  • Pharmacology and polypharmacy
  • Outcome measures and risk identification tools
  • Partnership and MDT working
  • Role of diet in IBD
  • Service development enhancement and leadership
  • Support services for patents
  • The expert patient /Patient journey
  • Surgical interventions
  • IBD across the ages (Transition)
  • Young people support networks
  • Patient involvement and role of  CCUK
  • Basic clinical research methodology
  • Supporting IBD clinicians for the future

How will I be assessed?

To obtain 20 credits at level 7 you will undertake a two staged assessment process. The first element will be poster presentation exploring your own clinical practice, linking to a case study relevant to your clinical areas. The second will be an OSCE assessed remote consultation via Teams. Both elements need to be passed in order to be successful with this module.

Study dates and venues

Venue: TBC

Starts: Wednesday 1 January 2025

Session times:

Dates to be announced.

How to apply

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For more details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

Contact us

For further information regarding module content, please contact the Medical School at


This module can be studied on a standalone basis. It is an optional module for the following programmes: