The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Chairman of the Leeds IBD Patient Panel retires

13 May 2019

Reverend Ian Johnston has retired as chairman of the Leeds IBD Patient Panel after 11 years of leading improvements in care for people with IBD across the city.

Established by Dr John Hamlin in 2008, the panel is patient-led and works closely with clinicians such as consultants, specialist nurses and dietitians to transform IBD services for adults and children by presenting the patient’s view.

The IBD service at Leeds Teaching Hospitals is made up of a team of consultant gastroenterologists and specialist IBD nurses who care for around 4,000 patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis from Leeds and the surrounding areas. They actively promote research to their patients, offering the opportunity to take part in trials as another option in their treatment. 

Under Revd Ian Johnston’s leadership, the patient panel has overseen significant changes in IBD care across the Trust, such as securing funding for specialist nurse provision, the introduction of telephone clinics and streamlining the service to make it easier for patients to get the care they need, when they need it.

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Lead for the IBD Service, Dr Christian Selinger, said: “On behalf of Tanya Clark, Dr Veena Zamvar, Jacqui Ferguson and myself, I express our great thanks to Ian for his work to improve patient care.

Peter and Ian

The new IBD Patient Panel Chair is Peter Laflin, a patient who has had Crohn’s disease for 20 years. Peter ran the 2018 London Marathon for Crohn’s and Colitis UK, to raise awareness of their work and help to inspire others with a chronic illness that they can achieve their goals.

Speaking about his new role, Peter said: “Whilst many great improvements have been achieved, there are further challenges ahead in a rapidly changing NHS. We must continue to do what we can to present the views of the patient so that they feel empowered, rather than isolated, by the support they receive.

The panel’s first task following Revd Johnston’s retirement will be to support World IBD Day. People in over 50 countries across 5 continents will come together on Sunday 19th May to raise awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) on World IBD Day. The patient panel will be supporting the Crohn’s and Colitis UK activities held across Leeds in the week commencing 13th May 2019.

For more information or to get involved in the Leeds IBD Patient Panel please email