Distance Learning Module in Gastro-intestinal Clinical Physiology

Year 1 GI Specialist Option

This unit gives the student a broad and basic underpinning knowledge of the investigations undertaken in a GI Investigation Unit. It is delivered as a distance learning course and is assessed by assignments and by examination. It is the prerequisite for the Year 2 Specialist Course.

Year 2 GI Specialist Option

This course is designed to partially fulfil AGIP Professional Body requirements at University level 2 and consists of an intensive week residential course, assignments and end of course examination. It is also designed for qualified in-service practitioners who are seeking Professional updating and upgrading and is delivered by tutors with in-service experience interspersed with field leaders and the course attracts credits which can contribute to an HE award (including CME credit with Royal College of Physicians pending).

Content includes:

  • Oesophageal manometric and pH techniques and protocols in the investigation of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, laryngo-pharyngeal reflux, atypical chest pain and primary motility disorders
  • Breath testing: hydrogen breath test and urea breath test
  • Ano-rectal manometric and ultrasound techniques including 3D Biofeedback Training for incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Specialist Guest Lecturers including Mr Mark Watson, Consultant ENT Surgeon and Dr Anton Emmanual, Consultant Gastroenterologist

Year 4 GI Specialist Option

Designed to partially fulfill AGIP Professional Body requirements at University level 3 and consists of an intensive week residential course, assignment and end of course examination. The course is a 15 credit module which can contribute to an HE award (e.g. a Degree, University Certificate in Continuing Professional Development, CME etc).

Content includes:

  • Use of radiological, and nuclear medicine techniques for investigation of the GI tract
  • Histology and microbiology of the GI tract
  • Nutrition, Intestinal failure and obesity
  • Therapeutics
  • Brain gut control mechanisms
  • Oro-pharyngeal-oesophageal investigation, High resolution manometry and Impedance–pH metry
  • Radiological investigation including barium, transit studies, proctograms and Ultrasound imaging.
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction including urodynamics, sacral nerve stimulation, and pelvic floor retraining techniques (Biofeedback) for the investigation and treatment of constipation and incontinence