N-ECCO Opportunities at the 16th Congress of ECCO

Ana Ibarra, N-ECCO Member

Ana Ibarra 


Once again, N-ECCO is offering an outstanding range of clinical and educational opportunities for nurses attending the ECCO’21 Copenhagen Congress.

The programmes for each activity continue to be developed on the basis of the evaluation forms from the previous year in order to meet your needs. Thank you so much for providing your feedback, which helps us to improve all the N-ECCO Activities.

The 12th N-ECCO School can be a good starting point for less experienced IBD Nurses to interact with other nurses from across Europe and beyond. Basic knowledge, medical and surgical treatment options, adherence to medications and the different nurse roles in IBD management are examples of the topics that will be covered in the planned presentations. The N-ECCO School will again be open to dietitians as well as IBD Nurses.

The 15th N-ECCO Network Meeting will once more cover a wide variety of subjects, with presentations by expert speakers from several centres across Europe. All nurses are invited to join this meeting, which will open with a session on the topic Treatments in IBD. In addition to coverage of what is new in the treatment of IBD, there will be a focus on the available complementary therapies. Furthermore, a talk on faecal transplantation will be presented by the one and only Ailsa Hart. The second session will open with a talk on the importance of understanding Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the elderly, and the issue of polypharmacy in this age group. The nurse abstracts will then be presented and, in order to encourage discussion, there will also be dedicated time for questions.

In the afternoon we have decided to talk about ongoing symptoms in our patients when they are in remission, which is incredibly important. And if, like me, you struggle to understand and give the time to patients when they require surgery, then you really have to stay to listen to a tandem talk by Karen and Joy presenting the perspectives of an IBD Nurse and a stoma nurse.

In the final session, we have organised an MDT discussion together with a Q&A session on how to manage complex IBD patients. I am sure this will be extremely interesting and will lead to a lot of discussion.

This year there won’t be a Research Forum but we are looking forward to organising the next one in 2022. Please do not hesitate to contact the ECCO Office if you have any suggestions for topics for this meeting.

Nurses can attend further workshops and courses at ECCO’21, such as the 6th D-ECCO Workshop, the 8th P-ECCO Educational Course and, of course, the main Scientific Programme of the ECCO Congress throughout the rest of the week.

The full programmes for all Educational Courses as well as the Scientific Programme can be reviewed on the ECCO’21 Congress Website.

Copenhagen in July 2021 will be the place to be for all who want to learn about and share up-to-date IBD medicine with colleagues, doctors and nurses. We very much look forward to seeing you there for another excellent educational event that will provide an ideal opportunity for networking with colleagues from around the world.

Posted in ECCO News, Committee News, ECCO'21, N-ECCO, Volume 15, Issue 4