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Deputy Head Assessor – JAG

Friday, 10 February 2017 10:52

The Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy (the JAG) invites applications from persons interested in taking up an important new role of Deputy Head Assessor, in supporting the further development of quality assurance in endoscopy.

The deputy head assessor will be responsible for developing and maintaining standards for assessors and ensuring that the assessment process is of the highest quality.

The deputy head assessor will work as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide leadership to all assessors (medical, nursing, managerial and lay assessors) and proactively manage conflicts pertaining to the assessment process.

The successful applicant will be fully supported in the role by the JAG team which includes, but is not limited to, the Head Assessor and JAG Accreditation Manager and there will be access to a network of deputy assessors across other accreditation schemes hosted by the Royal College of Physicians.

The role requires a commitment of approx. 1.5 days a month (18 days per annum) at the daily assessor rate of £375 per day. The appointment will be for a minimum of two years, with a possible extension of a further year.

Application and appointments process

Interested parties are welcome to have an informal discussion ahead of application with either Mrs Debbie Johnston (Head Assessor), or Miss Dimple Davé (Accreditation Unit Manager) by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to arrange a convenient time for discussion.

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Letter of application outlining their suitability for the role
  • CV, no longer than 4 pages, outlining leadership and endoscopy-related experience.

Interview for short-listed applicants will be held at the Royal College of Physicians in London on Thursday 23 March 2017 (AM).

The successful applicant should be able to take up post as soon as possible after appointment.

Closing date for applications Wednesday 1st March 2017.

BSG Comment on publication of 2nd Atlas of Variation in NHS Diagnostic Services in England

Friday, 13 January 2017 09:40

The President of the British Society of Gastroenterology, Professor Martin Lombard commented, saying:

"The British Society of Gastroenterology welcomes the second Atlas of Variation in NHS Diagnostic Services in England; it is clear that unwarranted variation in endoscopy quality and access needs to be addressed. It is vital also that we keep our focus on outcomes rather than levels per se.

"Integral to high quality diagnostic services is the workforce and this cannot be underestimated in the current environment. Not only is this important for endoscopists but also for the wider team, who increasingly play a fundamental role in the delivery of high quality care.

"It is important that endoscopy resources are used in an impactful way and the right types of procedures are better deployed for the patient, such as colonoscopy, capsule endoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and CT colonoscopy whilst procedures such as barium enema, that have no place in modern gastroenterology, are phased out by NHS England."

BSG VP and team win HSJ Award

Monday, 28 November 2016 11:17

Prof Colin Rees wins 'Clinical Research Impact' category at HSJ Awards

On 23 November 2016, Prof Colin Rees and his team at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust won the Clinical Research Impact category of the Health Service Journal annual awards, for their entry "Delivering High Quality Gastroenterology Research". Sponsored by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network, the award is presented to an NHS organisation that has made an extra effort to embed clinical research as core business and harness the outcomes of clinical research to improve services and treatments for its patients. The full statement from the NIHR can be found on the NIHR website. The full list of awards is on the Health Service Journal website. The BSG congratulates Prof Rees and his team.

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ESGE/ESPGHAN Joint Paediatric Endoscopy Guidelines

Monday, 03 October 2016 13:34

Professor Mike Thomson, BSG Adolescents & Young Persons Section

'The first ever ESGE/ESPGHAN Joint Paediatric Endoscopy Guidelines have just been e-published ahead of print in 'Endoscopy' and the 'Journal of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition' (JPGN) simultaneously. This is unique in that it involved a focussed group of paediatric AND adult Gastroenterologists from both Societies (including a number of BSG Members) and represents the culmination of a 3 year period of collaboration with a rigorous interrogation of the evidence base available in the following areas, not previously covered by Guidelines for this age group: diagnostic upper GI endoscopy and ileo-colonoscopy; upper and lower GI bleeding; foreign body endoscopy management; stricture and achalasia endoscopy management; EUS; and ERCP. PEG/Js, IBD endoscopy and training have been dealt with in other Guidelines. These Executive summaries will be followed by the publication of the full text shortly in JPGN.'

Press Release: Medics call for urgent improvements in the quality of endoscopy across Europe

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 08:41

(Vienna) Every year, tens of millions of individuals across Europe undergo endoscopic procedures to assist with the diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal diseases. However, significant variation in current endoscopy provision across Europe has been reported¹, with back-to-back colonoscopy studies demonstrating that a concerning 22% of all adenomas are missed and that a three-to-six fold variation in adenoma detection is present between endoscopists².

This inconsistent provision, coupled with improved first-line screening methods, has created a requirement to improve the quality of endoscopy services as endoscopy of a high quality have been shown to deliver superior health outcomes, better patient experience and fewer repeat procedures³.

United European Gastroenterology (UEG) and The European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) have therefore published a joint paper which identifies a need for change and outlines the first phase of a series of recommendations for improvements in quality standards of endoscopy.

UEG endoscopy specialist Professor Thierry Ponchon, who is a member of the ESGE Quality Improvement Committee, welcomes the publication of new standards. "Endoscopy services throughout Europe are at a critical point at the current time. We must make improvements in the quality of service for our patients a major and immediate priority. Our aim is achieve high quality standards for endoscopy throughout Europe over the next two years and create a thriving community of endoscopy services for all."

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