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Aware-IBD self-advocacy toolkit

A toolkit for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, to help you communicate confidently with those involved in your care.

This toolkit has been designed with people living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) who receive their care at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, as part of The Health Foundation-funded AWARE-IBD project. It has been designed to help you communicate confidently with those involved in your care, to make sure you get the best results for you.

I only wish that it had been available when I was diagnosed.

Nick, member of the Aware-IBD patient oversight committee

Download a PDF of the Aware-IBD toolkit.

The toolkit has been developed in collaboration with and with the support of the Sheffield IBD team. It’s important to the IBD team that people with IBD feel comfortable to express themselves fully within the service, to communicate effectively with the team and to be satisfied with their consultations.

This is not a guide to IBD. It is a toolkit to help you communicate confidently with your IBD team.

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About the Aware IBD project

The 3-year Aware-IBD project aims to re-design IBD services, shaped by those who use them – people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is working with Crohn’s & Colitis UK, and other local partners.

This partnership is:

While the project is being delivered in Sheffield, the learning from this project will lead to better outcomes for people who live with Crohn’s and Colitis across the UK.

To contact the project leads, email