Welcome to the IBD-BOOST Programme. A research project funded by the National Institute of Health Research and hosted by London North West Healthcare NHS Trust. The research is conducted by King’s College London in partnership with Queen Mary’s University of London, NHS Trusts and Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) affects 300,000 people in the UK alone, causing unpredictable bouts of gut inflammation, with acute illness, diarrhoea, and pain. There is no current cure for IBD, which usually starts in childhood or as a young adult. IBD research has mostly focused on controlling inflammation. However, many people report continuing IBD-related fatigue, abdominal pain and urgency (urgent need to use the toilet) and incontinence when in remission. These symptoms limit peoples’ quality of life and ability to work and socialise.

Our research programme focuses on the development and evaluation of management interventions to improve the well-being of people with IBD by relieving these most common and troublesome chronic symptoms and enhancing quality of life.

The IBD-BOOST Programme is led by Professor Christine Norton, Professor of Nursing at KCL’s Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care. The programme co-investigators include academics, clinicians, people living with IBD and members of Crohn’s and Colitis UK.