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European Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Nurses and Associates Newsletter

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 13:00

Please follow the link below for the latest newsletter from the European Society of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Nurses and Associates (ESGENA)

20th ESGENA Conference

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 12:46

20th ESGENA Conference
15-17 October 2016

Hosted by the Austrian Society of Endoscopy Nurses and Associates (IVEPA)
In Conjunction with the 24th United European Gastroenterology Week

The 20th ESGENA Conference which will be held during the 24th United European Gastroenterology Week, October 15-17, 2016 in Vienna, Austria.

ESGENA will celebrate its 20th Anniversary in Vienna. Since its foundation in Berlin in 1996, ESGENA has established close co-operation with more than 40 countries within Europe and overseas. ESGENA provides a platform for strong networking and the exchange of information. Educational structures include the development of curricula, standards and guidelines as well as the establishment of clinical grants for individual nurses.

The Conference in Vienna is a good chance to reflect on the recent developments of the society and to discuss cutting-edge ideas. The jubilee also invites you to discuss new projects and the advancement of the profession with experts.

The ESGENA conference is also an opportunity to meet colleagues from different countries. The exchange with nurses from all over the world combined with the opportunity to attend the medical programme of the UEG Week ensures the ESGENA conference is an exceptional educational event.

The three day ESGENA conference will include state-of-the-art lectures, free papers & posters, lunch sessions, several workshops with hands-on training and live transmissions covering current topics in Gastroenterology and Endoscopy.

A total of £3,500 up for grabs in the 2016 Endoscopy Research Dragons' Den – apply now!

Thursday, 31 March 2016 10:23

The BSG Endoscopy Clinical Research Group (E-CRG) invites BSG members (trainees, nurses, and consultants in the first 5 years of their career in any area of gastroenterology) to submit their ideas for research projects.

Up to 5 ideas will be selected; the selected candidates will be asked to do a 6-minute presentation to a Dragons’ Den–type panel during the BSG 2016 Meeting (in Liverpool on Thursday 23 June 2015 from 14.45-15.30).

There is a total of £3500 to be awarded on the day, supported by unrestricted grants from Aquilant Endoscopy, the Devices for Surgery Network (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and National Institute for Health Research Healthcare Technology Cooperative), Diagmed Healthcare and EMIS Health.

Prize-winners will be awarded up to £1000 as an unrestricted grant.

The E-CRG is solely responsible for all aspects of selecting the candidates; panellists will choose the winner(s) on the basis of the actual presentation on the day.

To apply, please complete the form below and return it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 9.00am on Wednesday 1 June. Candidates whose ideas are selected for presentation will be notified on or before Thursday 9 June (2 weeks before the presentation).

BSG Annual Meeting 2016

Monday, 01 February 2016 10:14

Liverpool 2016 will be an exciting conference for nurses and allied health professionals. Make sure you keep the dates in your diary and come along to our conference sessions on Tuesday 21st June and Thursday 23rd June; we have something for everyone at every level from staff new to endoscopy and GI disease to professionals with interests in specialist practice and management of patient services.

Live endoscopy will be part of the conference on Wednesday 22nd June where we will have the opportunity to ask questions to the nurse experts working within the live sessions. You will be able to text or tweet your questions to our panel of experts. Specialist sessions will be available within the Wednesday medical programme too.

We are delighted to announce our Key note speakers for nurse plenary session on Tuesday morning will be Dr Peter Carter and Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes, both of these speakers have held some of the most influential nursing positions within the United Kingdom.

Dr Peter Carter OBE was the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing from January 2007 to August 2015. The RCN is the world's largest professional union of nurses, with a membership of over 430,000 nurses, midwives, health visitors, nursing students, cadets and healthcare assistants. Dr Carter is probably one of the most recognised nurses in the United Kingdom; he will give us an overview of the contemporary issues in nursing. Dr Carter has served the NHS as a psychiatric nurse; general nurse; and as Chief Executive of the Central and North West London NHS Trust, one of the largest mental health trusts in the UK. He was awarded the OBE for services to the NHS in the 2006. During his extensive career he has written numerous articles and papers relating to health care and has also appeared on many TV and radio programmes in addition to extensive work with national and local newspapers. In February 2015 he announced that he would be leaving the RCN. He is now working as an Independent Management Consultant.

Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes will be joining the conference to speak about 'Improving patient care by valuing the knowledge of nursing'. Dickon is the former CEO & Registrar of the NMC and has been Chief Nurse for three organisations including The Royal Marsden NHSFT and Nuffield Health. Since leaving the NMC his work now involves supporting Oxford University Hospitals and King Saud Medical City, Riyadh with Magnet Hospital recognition together with being Chair of Nursing Diagnostic Development & Taxonomy for NANDA (the International Society of Nursing Knowledge). He is also supporting nurses in Indonesia and Rwanda and speaks internationally on a range of nursing topics. He is author of 'Clinical Leadership: from A-Z'.

The BSGNA have conference sessions have something for everyone, there will be lots to learn and will give you plenty of opportunity to gain evidence for Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) revalidation.

Sessions include:

  • Plenary session
    • Contemporary issues in nursing
    • Improving patient care by valuing the knowledge of nursing.
  • Hepatic Biliary disease - The burden of metabolic and alcoholic liver disease in the UK; management of chronic pancreatitis and the role of nurses.
  • Free paper sessions - We have been very proud of the work of our nurses in recent years, this is an opportunity to showcase your work. Please submit your abstract via the conference portal: https://b-com.mci-group.com/AbstractSubmission/16BSGLIV.aspx
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeds - Response the NCEPOD publication 2015 - What can we do to improve outcomes for patients with GI bleeds?
  • Decontamination - The Why, What and How. Lots of hints and tips to protect our patients and to improve endoscopy services.
  • Career Progression
    • Compassion in nursing
    • Career opportunities
    • Improve your portfolio
  • Liver Transplant - Patient experience of liver transplant, patient stories help to gives us insight into how NHS services look from the patient perspective and ways we can improve the patient pathway to make health care easier for our patients.

We will have our annual general meeting on Tuesday 21st June, this is for BSGNA members only, if you would like to become a member then please complete the application form on the BSG website, https://members.bsg.org.uk/mybsg/NewUser

For those of you who are BSGNA members and would like to be part of the committee please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Irene Dunkley
Chairperson
BSGNA

Non-Medical Endoscopist Competence Assessment Portfolio

Thursday, 10 December 2015 09:40

This document supports the Skills for Health / Higher Education England Non-Medical Endoscopist career framework by providing a portfolio of evidence for competence achievement. This document is not mandatory for all trainees to complete, but provides a structure and framework document which can be used to evidence their progress and completion of competencies which are specific to NME's within endoscopy.

Context

The role of the Non-Medical Endoscopist is crucial in the delivery of high quality diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy services. As such, NME's are required to demonstrate critical awareness of knowledge issues in the field of endoscopy and at the interface between different fields. Typically operating at level 7, they are innovative and have a responsibility for developing and changing practice and/or services in a complex and unpredictable environment. The role spans leadership, innovation, excellence and mastery within the individual’s scope of practice, and provides a holistic approach to care for individuals undergoing endoscopy, spanning the journey from initial referral through to discharge and future management. As a consequence, individuals entering into the role MUST be able to demonstrate the necessary level of knowledge, skills and attributes commensurate with that of professionals who have significant experience within the healthcare setting. Such areas include communication skills, infection control, record keeping / documentation etc. The career framework document which outlines the NME role contains within it (page 6) diagrammatic representation of the typical attributes of level 7 roles which should be considered as part of competency development and assessment.

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