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Survey: repetitive strain injury in Non-Medical Endoscopists

Thursday, 08 September 2016 13:58

Jenny McPhillips, Lead Nurse Endoscopist, Aintree University Hospital Liverpool.

I am conducting a small research study on behalf of the BSGNA and also as part of my MSc in Advanced Practice.

The primary aim of the study is to examine repetitive strain injury in Non-Medical Endoscopists. I would appreciate if practising NME's would complete the survey via the link below.

The survey will close on 21st October 2016.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

National Nurse Endoscopist Group - 6th Annual Educational Meeting

Thursday, 08 September 2016 08:59

The 6th National Nurse Endoscopist Group Meeting will once again be held in Birmingham on Tuesday the 4th of October 2016.

There is a maximum of 120 places available and the fee for this year's meeting is just £45 per delegate. The full programme can be found below. Places will be reserved on a first come, first served basis, full payment details will follow.

(For further information about the National Nurse Endoscopist Group, or to be added to the email database, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact the group via social media).

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.

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