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The National Endoscopy Database (NED) Project

Monday, 30 October 2017 10:38

The National Endoscopy Database (NED) project continues to develop. A number of sites are uploading endoscopy data in 'real-time' to a central national database. This allows individual endoscopists to view their key performance indicators (KPIs) on a website in a similar way to that which allows trainees to view their data on the JETS website. This automated system also means that trainees don't have to manually enter endoscopy data, NED automatically populates the JETS eportfolio.

Many services have commenced the process towards being compatible with NED. The first steps are to engage with you Endoscopy Reporting System (ERS) manufacturer and to obtain Caldicott approval within your Trust. All major ERS manufacturers in the UK are engaged with the project. An update on their individual progress can be found in the Resources section of the NED website -

In the service documentation section of this website, you can find the NED starter pack which contains a guide to applying for Caldicott approval and other steps your service should take.

Some ERS manufacturers are in the roll out phase meaning services can come online soon. Other suppliers have not yet completed preparations for NED compatibility. It is envisaged that these manufacturers will progress over forthcoming months. The GRS census in April 2018 will require services with systems compatible with NED to be uploading to the pilot database. It is important for services seeking to meet this GRS requirement that they commence the process soon.

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BSG Election 2017: Endoscopy

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 12:23

Due to the appointment of George Webster as Vice-President Endoscopy of the BSG, a position has become available for an elected member of the BSG Endoscopy Section Committee. Nominations for members to stand in these elections will open Tuesday 1st August 2017 and will close on 17:00 Friday 8th September 2017.

Please note only full members of the BSG Endoscopy Section will be eligible to stand and vote in the final ballot. Changing Section membership is not allowed once elections are underway.

If you are nominating someone for a position on the BSG Endoscopy Section Committee then please ask your nominee for a short statement setting out why members should vote for them (250 words approx.). Candidates who do not send in their personal statement by the end of the nomination period will not be eligible to stand in the election. The forms should be emailed to Mr Christopher O'Shea ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). This information will appear in the online voting system.

In order to be nominated you MUST have already joined the relevant Clinical Section as a member. If you have not already done this, please do so by logging in to the BSG website and entering the Sections to which you want to belong or by emailing your request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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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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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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