Do you want to help improve GP/IBS Patient relationships?
4th July 2023

Do you want to help improve GP/IBS Patient relationships?

We have been contacted by a Sheffield GP who is planning research through In Practice Fellowship at the University of Sheffield into how GP’s talk to and support their IBS patients. The objective of the research, which is anticipated to take some months, is to improve the training of GP’s allowing them to better support their patients living with IBS.

If you are interested in taking part in a focus group, have a read of the details below and get in touch with Dr Catie Nagel. (Please do not respond to The IBS Network, this is an independent research project).

Call for people suffering with IBS to join a Patient & Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) Group

About the Project

The long aim of this project and subsequent pieces of work is to improve the way we teach Persistent Physical Symptoms, including IBS to doctors in training.  At the moment, very little training is taking place on IBS and this is resulting in qualified doctors knowing too little about the condition and lacking the skills to help people manage their symptoms.

About Me

I am an NHS GP with an 11-year background in medical education. I am now doing research as part of an NIHR funded In Practice Fellowship at the University of Sheffield. My supervisor is Professor Chris Burton. I am currently in the process of writing an application for a Doctoral Research Fellowship and am keen for people who suffer with IBS to help me understand what the priorities are.

What are the benefits of taking part?

I hope that through this work, doctors of the future will have a better understanding of IBS, how to recognise it, and how to help people manage their symptoms. In recognition of your time, we can offer £25 in shopping vouchers which can be exchanged online or at a variety of stores in the UK.

We have funding for six members to join us, either in individual meetings or in a group setting. If you are interested, please contact me directly on

I am keen to include people from a wide range of backgrounds, so hope you don’t mind me asking about your ethnicity. I have access to a telephone interpreting service if needed.

Dr Catie Nagel MBChB(Hons), MRCGP, MEd

GP Partner, Forge Health Group and NIHR In Practice Fellow.  University of Sheffield


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