Clinical News

Meeting the Demand for Endoscopy Services

Monday, 30 April 2012 11:12

Steve Hughes, BSG Vice-President Endoscopy & Roland Valori National Clinical Director for Endoscopy

There will be a 75% increase (on 2010/11 activity) in lower GI endoscopy demand in England in the next four years, on top of the 50% increase in activity achieved in the last four years. This extra demand arises from screening and symptomatic work. Most services have just been coping with increasing demand in recent years, but waiting lists initiatives remain common place and a few sites have perpetually long waits. Long waits is the most common reason sites struggle to maintain JAG accreditation. There is an urgent need to do things differently to respond to the increase in demand and to make 'just coping' a thing of the past. Learning from sites that maintain low waits indicates there are two key factors that determine how well a service keeps in control of its demand: effective planning and high productivity.

In anticipation of the increasing demand for endoscopy, and appreciation of the pressures endoscopy teams are under, the JAG, in collaboration with the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, is delivering a series of ten workshops throughout England to help endoscopy teams plan better and be more productive. The principal objective of the workshops is to enable teams to present more effective business plans to their trust boards. They are aimed at the medical and nurse lead, and their manager, and a representative of their PCT. They will be delivered in the next six months and be led by Roland Valori, NCD for endoscopy. You are strongly encouraged to attend. For more details please visit the JAG website:

IBD Patient Care Viewed Positively

Monday, 30 April 2012 10:06

12 April 2012

More than 90% of over 2000 IBD patients (adult and paediatric) who participated in a survey of their UK-hospital experience felt their care was good, very good or excellent. Although overall satisfaction was high, pain relief and nutrition were highlighted as areas for improvement. Key recommendations included specialist training for members of multidisciplinary teams working with IBD patients and improved documentation of dietary needs and hospital-discharge-related information for patients. The full IBD Inpatient Report was based on the HQIP survey that was carried out on behalf of the UK IBD Audit Steering Group by the RCP's Clinical Evaluation and Effectiveness Unit.

RCP Tools for Auditing Patient Records

Monday, 30 April 2012 09:53

11 April 2012

The RCP's Health Informatics Unit (HIU) has developed three tools for auditing patient records against the HIU standards covering generic record-keeping standards, standards for admission clerking and discharge summaries. More information about the 3 tools can be found at HIU Tools for Record Keeping. Clinical records are fundamental to the quality and safety of patient care. There is abundant reported evidence of poor clinical records and they are a frequent factor in clinical incidents; improvements in written clinical notes through application of agreed standards should help to improve patient safety and quality of care.

NCAS: Additional Assessors Required

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 09:50

The National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) requires Consultant Gastroenterologists to perform clinical assessments. The time commitment for this role will be 7.5 days and includes an initial briefing (1 day), the visit itself (4 days), report writing (2 days) andd follow-up activites (0.5 days).

Reimbursement for the work is provided, as well as reasonable locum expenses. For further information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at the BSG office. An NCAS information sheet on the role of assessors may be downloaded below.

Applications from members who have experience of acting as assessors, reviewers, investigators or appraisers (e.g. RCP Rapid Response Team or RCP examiners) will be treated with preference.

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