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Making reasonable adjustments to cancer screening

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 13:38

Public Health England - update of the 2012 report

Cancer screening programmes have been asked to make reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities. This population have been shown to have poorer health and are more likely to die at a younger age than people in the general population, in part because of poor access to health services. People with learning disabilities are at a higher risk of gastrointestinal cancer, improving uptake for bowel cancer screening programmes is needed for this population. The guidance from Public Health England gives useful links to resources to help healthcare providers adjust services to meet the healthcare needs for people with learning disabilities for all the cancer screening programmes in England.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Dr Helen Griffiths, nurse advisor bowel cancer screening programme, via e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Advanced Endoscopy Practitioners Competence Assessment Portfolio

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 15:07

This document supports the Skills for Health / Higher Education England Advanced Endoscopy Practitioner 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 Advanced Practitioners within endoscopy.


The role of the Advanced Endoscopy Practitioner (AEP) is crucial in the delivery of high quality diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy services. As such, AEP’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 AEP 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.

Patient Safety Alert: Naloxone

Friday, 30 October 2015 10:35

Resources to minimise the risk of distress and death from inappropriate doses of naloxone

A Stage One: Warning Alert was issued 20 November 2014 drawing attention to the safety implications of inappropriate doses of the opioid/opiate antagonist naloxone. Whilst naloxone use can be life-saving in respiratory depression and respiratory arrest, the previous Stage One Alert highlighted that use of naloxone in patients where it is not indicated, or in larger than recommended doses, can cause a rapid reversal of the physiological effects for pain control, leading to intense pain and distress, and an increase in sympathetic nervous stimulation and cytokine release precipitating an acute withdrawal syndrome. Hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, pulmonary oedema and cardiac arrest may result from inappropriate doses of naloxone being used for these types of patients.

Potential transmission of multi resistant bacteria and duodenoscopes

Thursday, 22 October 2015 08:30

October 2015

Recent reports in the media have highlighted the potential for transmission of infection associated with duodenoscopes. A recent peer reviewed publication (Endoscopy (2015) 47: 493-502) described an outbreak of VIM-2 producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa and identified an issue with the design and reprocessing of a recently introduced duodenoscope with a specific modified design. This may be similar to the outbreaks in the US (Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (2015) 82(3): 477-83).

The BSG would like to highlight the following points to staff carrying out the decontamination of flexible endoscopes, in particular duodenoscopes:

  • Adherence to manufacturers' instructions at all times is essential.
  • The pre clean procedure should take place at the patient bedside, as described in the instructions from the UK suppliers and BSG guidance.
  • The cover on the raiser bridge mechanism at the distal tip should be removed prior to brushing all areas of the distal tip and cleaning with detergent and replaced on completion of the decontamination process. The brush must be used on all surface areas of the distal tip ensure that all debris is removed.
  • The elevator wire channel should be flushed with detergent during the manual cleaning ensuring the correct size syringe is used. If automated flushing systems are used for this stage of the process, staff should ensure that this channel is included.
  • Staff should ensure that the endoscope washer disinfector has the capability of flushing the elevator wire channel with detergent, disinfectant and rinse water.
  • If stored in a drying cabinet, the elevator wire channel should be flushed with HEPA filtered air along with all the other channels. If this channel is not flushed with air, the endoscope should be used within 3 hours or the endoscope reprocessed before patient use. Not all cabinets have this facility. An EN standard, EN 16442, has now been published for endoscope storage drying cabinets.
  • Routine microbiological surveillance of processed endoscopes is not recommended. However, this may be carried out on advice from the infection prevention and control team if an outbreak is known or suspected.
  • Staff should receive comprehensive training, and a record retained, on all aspects of the decontamination of endoscopes, in particular, duodenoscopes.

Core Research Essay Prize 2016

Thursday, 15 October 2015 10:58


Core is offering a £1,000 award for the best essay based on gastroenterology or hepatology research undertaken by a clinical or basic science researcher during their MD or PhD. The work must be the subject of at least one abstract submitted for presentation at the 2016 British Society of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting in Liverpool. Further information and the application form are available to download. The closing date is 4 March 2016.

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