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21st ESGENA Conference

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 10:17

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.

Deadline for registration is 14th September

The Why, What and How of Endoscope Decontamination

Thursday, 20 July 2017 08:34

Tuesday 10th October 2017
The Met Hotel, Leeds

The study day is aimed at staff who undertake the day-to-day practice of endoscope decontamination.
Attendance is FREE of charge

The expert speakers on the day include: Dr Helen Griffiths, Ms Tina Bradley & Mr Wayne Spencer

To book a place please email your Full Name, Job Title, Hospital, Department and Email Address to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Liverpool Advanced ERCP Nursing Workshop

Wednesday, 05 July 2017 09:31

Liverpool Medical Institution

Tuesday 19th September 2017


To enhance the knowledge and skills of appropriately experienced ERCP nurses in relevant hepato-pancreaticobiliary topics


Applied HPB anatomy and physiology

Disease presentation and management

  • Simple and complex stone disease
  • Tumour staging
  • Complex diagnostics


  • Effective organisation of service
  • Procedural technique
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Pre cut sphincterotomy
  • Large volume balloon dilatation
  • Pancreatic stenting
  • Metal stenting

Teaching will involve

  • Short lectures
  • Video demonstrations
  • Case presentations

Calling all Nurse endoscopists: DOPyS Implementation Survey

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 09:57

Arun Rajendran, Adam Haycock, Siwan Thomas-Gibson
St Mark's Hospital

As part of an evaluation of the Directly Observed Polypectomy Skills (DOPyS) tool, we would like to invite you to share your experience of using DOPyS as an assessment tool for polypectomy.

This online survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete. Please click on this link or scan the QR code below to complete the survey.

We are grateful for your time and input and as a thank you for completing the survey, you will be entered into a draw to win a £25 Amazon voucher.

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 )


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