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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."

UK NSC recommendation on Bowel Cancer screening in adults

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 14:45

Following evaluation and consultation, that BSG fed in to, the UK National Screening Committee (NSC) has recommended a change to the test used in the Bowel Cancer Screening Programmes. UK NSC has announced that the use of Faecal Immunochemical Test as the primary test for bowel cancer should replace guaiac Faecal Occult Blood Test. UK NSC has also indicated that as colonoscopy capacity grows or screening uptake increases, the programmes should review and recommend alteration of the cut offs to increase the number of cancers detected.

Peter Cotton Advanced Endoscopy Travel Scholarships

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 10:07

Medical University of South Carolina

Grants will be awarded to cover expenses for travel and accommodation; up to $2500 for successful North American applicants, and up to $4,000 for Internationals.

The grants are intended for post-graduate gastroenterologists from any country to spend two weeks observing at the Medical University of South Carolina's Digestive Disease Center located in Charleston, SC, USA. Please be aware that there will be no "hands-on" clinical activity.

Deadlines for applications are 1st September and 1st April each year. They will be reviewed by a committee of MUSC faculty and international colleagues, and successful applicants will be notified within one month.

NHSIQ Productive Endoscopy

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 14:50

The Productive Endoscopy Unit is a set of 'how to' guides to help staff make improvements in endoscopy services and meet the quality improvement elements of the Global Rating Scale, and accreditation of service. The series is endorsed by the Joint Advisory Group for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (JAG).

Based on the principles and methodology of 'Productive Operating Theatre' the series will help units to reduce waste through better workplace organisation; offering support processes; guidance for scheduling processes and improvement of information and patient flow - leading to reductions in errors and delays. The Productive Endoscopy Unit is available free of charge (one per unit) to all NHS endoscopy provider organisations and will be available from 1 April 2015. To pre-order your free copy, please fill in the details at the following link:

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