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Vacancy: JETS workforce lead

Friday, 10 November 2017 14:08

Application deadline 4 December 2017

The Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy (the JAG) invites applications from persons interested in taking up a key role in leading the programme. The immediate focus will be on finalising the competency framework and working to effectively embed it within the UK endoscopy workforce.

The JETS workforce training programme (formerly GIN programme) provides a training framework that is relevant to nurses and support workers in the endoscopy setting. The programme enables all members of the endoscopy support team to develop their knowledge, professional awareness and practical skills in relation to gastrointestinal endoscopy, so encouraging more effective, evidence- based patient care. The post holder will be responsible for providing leadership and direction for the programme in developing themes of work relevant to workforce training.

The appointment will initially be for two years, renewable for a further year by agreement. Time for working in the role will be reimbursed to 0.5 day per week.

Applicants should submit the following via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it :

  • Personal statement - focusing on suitability for the role
  • Short CV

Interview for short-listed applicants will be held at the RCP in London on Friday 15 December 2017

Please see the advert and job description for further information.


Changes to the Specialty Certificate Examination

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 10:43

Dr Geoff Smith, Lead Specialist and Exam Board Chair

The Specialty Certificate in Gastroenterology will become the European Specialty Examination in Gastroenterology and Hepatology from 2018

The SCE, co-run by the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians and the BSG, is a compulsory part of the accreditation process for the Completion of Training in the UK. It is designed to test knowledge of the Curriculum, helping to ensure a safe standard of practice.

Over the last 4 years the BSG, the European Section and Board of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Federation have worked to develop a joint exam and this is now mandated in the Netherlands and Switzerland as well as in the UK.

In October 2017 the GMC approved the change to a single exam, identical across the UK, Europe and the rest of the World, with the first sitting in April 2018. The style, content and curriculum upon which the exam is based will remain unchanged from that of the SCE and resulting qualification will also remain unchanged.

The exam will continue to a computer-based test hosted by Pearson Vue.

2018 examination

The key dates for the Specialty Certificate Examination in Gastroenterology will be:

  • application period of 27th December 2017 - 31st March 2018
  • examination date 18th April 2018


  • The Fee will remain £665 for UK trainees

More information on the structure, content and application process can be found at:

Securing the future workforce supply - Gastrointestinal endoscopy workforce review

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 15:24

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI) was commissioned by the Department of Health (DH) and Health Education England (HEE) to contribute qualitative and quantitative research, data analysis, and modelling to support HEE and NHS England in providing sufficient medical and non-medical gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopists to deliver GI endoscopy services.

This is the first review of the endoscopy workforce undertaken by the CfWI, and this report represents the most complete picture to date of the GI endoscopy workforce in England in 2015. It contains combined analysis of three national endoscopy workforce datasets described below. The data yielded, coupled with wider work will support initial modelling, allowing a degree of extrapolation of demand and supply. However, it will not answer all questions about all subcomponents of this workforce.

Athena – a development programme for women leaders

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:09

The Office of the Chief Scientific Officer is committed to developing clinical leadership within healthcare science. The Athena programme, delivered by the Kings Fund, is designed to support women to fulfil their potential as leaders. Starting in February 2017, the programme is open to senior level leaders passionate about, and committed to, improving not only their own performance, but also that of their team and their organisation. Each of the four three-day modules looks at different aspects of leadership discourse and is supported by coaching, peer-to-peer support, reflective learning journals and action learning sets, with a particular focus on developing the personal, political and strategic awareness needed to become a successful leader.

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