Education

Online Course: Feeding Difficulties in Children with Gastrointestinal Disorders

Although feeding difficulties are a common phenomenon in children with gastrointestinal disorders, symptoms are often not recognised early enough, preventing early management and the escalation of symptoms. It is important that healthcare professionals familiarise themselves with this topic, as difficulties may impact on both the child's growth and development as well as the wider psychological well-being of the child and family.

This teaching module explains current evidence as well as addressing some of the more practical issues of management, which may assist you in your daily practice.

National Nurse Endoscopist Course

This course is suitable for all aspiring non-medical / nurse endoscopists. It will be a practical and interactive course with constant support from experienced nurse endoscopists throughout the course duration. There is the option of gaining 30 academic credits with Kings College London (see attachment below).

Topics to be included (see below for learning objectives):

  • The principles and practice of GI Nursing
  • Anatomy & physiology of the GI tract
  • Pharmacology for endoscopy and safe sedation practice
  • Medico-legal issues and ethical implications including consent/ communication skills
  • Physical assessment, history taking and clinical examination
  • Indications for endoscopy, principals of pre assessment, patient selection, risk management, co morbidity issues and preparation for endoscopic procedures.
  • Technical skills of endoscopy and equipment / simulator training
    • OGD
    • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
    • Colonoscopy
  • Pathophysiology and histopathology of the GI tract
  • Therapeutic endoscopy practice - biopsy and polypectomy
  • The Anus and Rectum master class
  • Emergency management and complications during GI endoscopy
  • Health promotion and management for the GI patient in Endoscopy
  • Professional issues and advanced practice
  • Role development, continuing education and career pathways for NE
  • Service development, evaluation and business planning
  • Relationships within the MDT
  • Links with JAG / JETS

Conditions of application

  • Applicants will need a supporting letter from both their Clinical Supervisor and their Line Manager detailing their suitability and availability for the course.
  • Ideal but not essential is that applicants should be in a trainee endoscopist role with dedicated training lists, at least one per week.
  • Registered on JETS – can be done on course
  • Recommend a senior nurse mentor, e.g. an advanced nurse practitioner or similar

Course Dates

This course consisting of the following 6 taught study days over a 5 month period with support from experienced nurse endoscopists throughout the course duration.

Tues 13th & Wed 14th January 2015
Wed 1st & Thurs 2nd April 2015
Tues 2nd & Wed 3rd June 2015

Course Fees

£1800 (+ £350 for optional academic accreditation)

Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate in Gastroenterology

Have you heard about the Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Gastroenterology which is run in Bradford?
No? Then read on...

The programmes have been developed by NHS West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw CSU in collaboration with the University of Bradford which makes the award. They are aimed at clinical nurse specialists and nurse endoscopists and are delivered by clinicians who are experts in their fields. There is an increasing demand in both primary and secondary care for specialist nurses and nurse practitioners who support clinical gastroenterology services, eg cancer nurse specialists, dyspepsia nurses, inflammatory bowel disease nurses, hepatitis nurses and nurse endoscopists, this programme provides comprehensive training in both clinical gastroenterology and clinical skills.

Our aim is to provide high quality applied, work-based training leading to a nationally recognised qualification to equip practitioners to work at a higher level in Gastroenterology.

The major benefits of the programmes are:

  • Unique blend of clinical and service improvement modules equips practitioners to deliver and develop enhanced services.
  • Practitioners gain an accredited qualification whilst working

And no formal exams!

If you would like to find out more, please contact Belinda Perfitt at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Management of GI Consequences of Cancer Treatment (on-line)

*NEW MODULE*

Do you face the challenge of managing patients experiencing GI side effects following radiotherapy? This on-line module will enable you to assess and manage symptoms more effectively and improve the support and care you give to patients.

This innovative module has been developed in association with Dr. Jervoise Andreyev and the Gastrointestinal and Nutrition Team at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

This module is targeted at health care professionals who are directly involved in the treatment and management of complex treatment-induced late GI side effects, often as a result of pelvic radiotherapy. The module will introduce participants to a tool/algorithm that can assist in the diagnosis, management and care of this specific patient group. Students will have regular communication with expert online tutors along with interaction between other course participants, allowing networking opportunities with colleagues working in this field.

On-line activities released weekly from 10 September to 4 November 2014. (Please note this module has been postponed from May 2014).

HBV Casebook becomes Hepatitis Casebook

Updated 24 October 2013

The HBV Casebook website will soon be changing to Hepatitis Casebook, www.hepatitiscasebook.net. Hepatitis Casebook will contain all the existing content of HBV Casebook, but additionally will provide information about the management of hepatitis C, as well as new footage of a satellite symposium held at the British Association for the Study of the Liver annual meeting 2013. You will also be able to view Hepatitis Casebook on tablets and smart phones. Registered users of Hepatitis Casebook will receive an email about the launch of Hepatitis Casebook, inviting users to log in and create a new password. Users will be able to access the new website immediately. Please do not hesitate to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any queries or concerns at this stage and they will be pleased to help.

Free access: ESPGHAN/ESPID evidence-based guidelines for the management of acute gastroenteritis in children in Europe

UEG has a new, free online course (2 hours) to help implement the ESPGHAN guidelines for the management of acute gastroenteritis. The course is also linked to a project (TEEN-AGE, Tutorial European Electronic Network on Acute Gastroenteritis) set up to measure the effectiveness of the e-learning intervention in physicians from different European countries. You can access the materials here.

e-Learning Module on Coeliac Disease

Coeliac UK has led on the training activities completed within the EU-funded research project CD MEDICS, which is developing a new diagnostic tool for coeliac disease. The major outcome of Coeliac UK’s training activities is an e-learning module on coeliac disease, aimed at primary care physicians. The module is freely available.

Barts and the London - UEGF Post Graduate Diploma and MSc in Gastroenterology

Barts and the London-UEGF Post Graduate Diploma and MSc (Distance Learning) in Gastroenterology (Full time or part time)

The Centre for Digestive diseases at Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary, University of London in collaboration with the UEGF invites applications for its Post Graduate Diploma (Distance Learning) in Gastroenterology. This course is suitable for trainees and consultants already in the field wishing to establish a more theoretical basis of their gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary knowledge but also for those seeking an entry into the field. The course has been approved by the British Society of Gastroenterology Education Committee and provides clinicians with theoretical and clinically applied aspects of their discipline with a focus on the relevant basic sciences and research techniques.

The Centre for Digestive Diseases is one of the largest academic and clinical departments in this field in the UK and includes professors in Clinical Gastroenterology, GI Genetics, GI Paediatrics, GI Surgery, GI Neurogastroenterology, GI Pharmacology and GI Physiology all of whom contribute to the teaching. The majority of the teaching is provided by clinical academics who are both research and clinically active.

Those successful in the PG Diploma are able to transfer to the MSc once they have identified and planned a project (and local supervisor) which have to be approved by the leads for the research module.

The Post Graduate Diploma runs from October until April, and includes six compulsory modules. Each module lasts 3 or 6 weeks with on average about 10 hours of teaching per week accessed via the internet. The part time option requires taking the modules over two years, module 1 has to be completed in the first year.

Each module is assessed by a written exam and an essay.


Module 1: The Basis of GI Diseases
Module 2: Liver and Pancreatic Diseases
Module 3: Adult GI Diseases: Luminal Diseases
Module 4: Neurogastroenterology: Advanced Functional GI diseases
Module 5: Paediatric and Adolescent GI, Liver and Nutritional Diseases, including GI Infections
Module 6: Introduction to Endoscopy
Module 7 : Research

For those interested attached more information and the on line application can be found via this link (including frequently asked questions):

www.icms.qmul.ac.uk/courses/gastroenterology/index.html

Testing Topics in Gastroenterology - Presentations

Please find below a selection of presentations used at the BSG SpR Education Meeting - 'Testing Topics in Gastroenterology' organised by Professor Janusz Jankowskiand held at the Belmont Hotel, Leicester on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th June 2011

'A Consultant Career in GI Options, Benefits and Challenges' - Robert Allan, Birmingham.

'Modern Investigation and Treatment of Constipation' - Qasim Aziz, London.

'How it all Works - What an SpR/StR needs to know about the NHS' - Debasish Das, Kettering.

'How to get the most out of your training' - Toby Delahooke, Leicester.

'Alcoholic Hepatitis – How I do it' - Toby Delahooke, Leicester.

'Update on IBD' - Chris Hawkey, Nottingham.

'HIV and the Gut' - Janice Main, London.

'Managing Acute Liver Failure outside a Transplant Centre' - Stephen Ryder, Nottingham.

'Practical Upper GI Physiology Tests for the Specialist Registrar' - Emily Tucker, Nottingham.

MSc/Diploma in Gastroenterology

MSc/Diploma in Gastroenterology

Programme description


The MSc in Gastroenterology is a one-year course designed as a curriculum in gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition for new entrants into these fields and as an update and extension for those already in it. The programme provides clinicians with theoretical and clinically applied aspects of their discipline with a focus on the relevant basic sciences and research techniques. It is aimed at clinicians wishing to gain strong knowledge of the sciences underpinning the clinical diseases and their management.

Please go to www.icms.qmul.ac.uk/courses/gastroenterology/index.html for full details of this course.

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