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Service Provision and Training for Endoscopic Ultrasound in the UK

J Meenan, K Harris, K Oppong, C McKay, I Penman, N Carroll, S Norton.

Introduction

Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a standard procedure that plays an important role in the management of both malignant and benign disease. The development of EUS services in the UK has been haphazard and training inconsistent. The British Society of Gastroenterology has charged a working group with the task of laying down a national framework for how such services might be commissioned, structured and regulated; with particular attention to defining how endoscopist skills might be acquired, assessed and maintained. This report lays out a map for this process and its future revision.