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Results of the United Kingdoms first pilot study for nonmedical endoscopy practitioners

Gardiner, A. B.

Authors

A. B. Gardiner A.B.Gardiner@hull.ac.uk



Abstract

Spencer and Ready published the first description of nonmedically qualified endoscopists in 1977 [Dis Colon Rectum 1977; 20: 94]. Since then there has been an explosion of interest in this concept. Duthie et al. [Gut 1998; 43: 711] first described Nurse Endoscopy (NE) in the UK in 1998. In recent years, endoscopy services in England have been subject to review as a consequence of perceived inadequacies in service provision and delivery. Increasing pressure on endoscopic services led the Modernisation Agency to commission a pilot study evaluating nontraditional individuals to practice flexible sigmoidoscopy (FS). A science graduate, basic grade nurse and nonclinical member of staff were successfully trained. As a result, a second pilot scheme was introduced, whereby nine nonmedically qualified individuals received education and training in FS. A curriculum was designed, developed and implemented to create an endoscopic practitioner (EP) who was both safe and competent to undertake FS. The student backgrounds included administration, health-care assistants, phlebotomist, junior doctor assistant and clinical physiologist. In the context of academic achievement, prescribed learning outcomes were achieved at a rate of 93% (101 from 108) of success in first attempt at assessment. In terms of practical achievement, each student demonstrated competency in FS. The curriculum designed provides a suitable framework to develop individuals with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes required for safe, competent practice within FS. This indicates that the curriculum provides a broad range of learning, teaching and assessment strategies befitting to a range of individuals.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2009-02
Journal COLORECTAL DISEASE
Print ISSN 1462-8910
Electronic ISSN 1463-1318
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 2
Pages 208-214
APA6 Citation Gardiner, A. B. (2009). Results of the United Kingdoms first pilot study for nonmedical endoscopy practitioners. Colorectal Disease, 11(2), 208-214. doi:10.1111/j.1463-1318.2008.01555.x
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1463-1318.2008.01555.x
Keywords Flexible sigmoidoscopy; Non-medical endoscopy; Endoscopy training