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Standards of patient care - Raising Concerns – everyone's responsibility

Friday, 09 June 2017 14:39

We have been approached by a number of nurses concerned about untrained members of staff maintaining the patient mouth guard and airway during upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.

It is inappropriate for a member of staff whether with or without a registered qualification to maintain the mouth guard and airway of any patient undergoing upper gastrointestinal endoscopy procedure unless they have an understanding of:

  • The anatomy and physiology of the airway
  • The risks associated with the endoscopy procedure - including aspiration; haemorrhage; perforation; reaction to drugs; damage to teeth and dental work.
  • How to identify complications using observation; patient monitoring and suction equipment and are able to react to support the patient should these occur.
  • Potential reaction to drugs including the untoward side effects of sedation and local anaesthetic sprays.

All staff should have:

  • Received training to support patients physically and psychologically during their procedure.
  • A portfolio to evidence education, training and competence with completed assessments.
  • A job description that includes assisting with endoscopy procedures.

Where any member of the team identifies a potential risk of harm to patients they have a duty to escalate these concerns to senior staff. The nurse manager and the lead clinician of endoscopy services are accountable for staff training and most importantly of all patient safety.

Irene Dunkley - BSGNA Chairperson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Laura Dwyer - BSGNA Vice chairperson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )


Job opportunity: Nurse Lead for JAG

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 12:04

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

The nurse lead will be responsible for providing expert leadership on nursing issues related to endoscopy and will work as part of a multidisciplinary team to contribute to the overall direction and strategy of the JAG.

The appointment will be for a minimum of two years funded at 1 day per month (12 days per annum).

Closing date for applications 25 June 2017

21st ESGENA Conference

Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:58

28-30 October 2017

Hosted by the Spanish Society of Endoscopy Nurses and Associates (AEEED) and the Spanish Society of Digestive Disease Nurses (AEEPD)

In Conjunction with the 25th United European Gastroenterology Week

The 21st ESGENA Conference will be held during the 25th United European Gastroenterology Week, October 28 - 30, 2017, in Barcelona, Spain.

Following past meetings in 2010 and 2015, this is the third time that the medical and nursing community of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy will meet in Barcelona. After celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, ESGENA will continue its established structures while also initiating new formats of interactive learning. Recent successes have already connected countries and have laid the foundation for new future projects.

The three day ESGENA conference is not only an opportunity to meet colleagues from throughout Europe, but also from North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. The exchange with nurses from all over the world combined with the opportunity to attend the medical programme of the UEG Week ensures that the ESGENA conference will be an exceptional educational event.

Help us to help you

Monday, 27 February 2017 13:19

The BSGNA want to hear your views on how we can improve value to our membership. Please can you to take a little time to complete a quick survey to help inform us about your views, this should only take a few minutes.

The BSG conference is coming up in June and we invite BSGNA members to submit applications (see attached form below) to join our committee. Our overall aim is to improve patient care by working with our medical and nursing colleagues, both within the BSG and externally with other organisations who share the interests of our patients. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a national group and work with like-minded people to help, support and develop professional practices to improve patient care within endoscopy and gastroenterology.

You would be committing your time to attend meetings twice a year, one in London at BSG Headquarters and again at the BSG conference meeting in June. We also arrange teleconference calls to allow our committee to progress committee work. As a committee member you will be expected to chair sessions at conference, help with poster rounds and promote good practice and quality patient care.

Members will be elected by a ballot at our AGM on the 20th June in Manchester and will serve for a period of three years.

We welcome applications from any BSGNA member, please complete the attached application form and return it to Irene Dunkley (Chairperson) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Laura Dwyer (Vice Chairperson) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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BIG Conference 2017 - Nurses' Programme

Monday, 24 April 2017 11:43

This year will again see the coming together of the British, Irish and Ulster Societies of Gastroenterology British-Irish (BIG) Gastroenterology meeting. It will take place at The Europa Hotel in Belfast on 27th & 28th April 2017 and will be a 1.5 day meeting.

Please find the programme for nurses at the further information link below.

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