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New framework developed to support non-medical endoscopists

21 September 2015

A framework to help non-medical endoscopists (NMEs) demonstrate that they have achieved the competency levels required for their role has been published today.

Health Education England (HEE) has worked closely with key stakeholders including the British Society of Gastroenterology, Royal College of Nursing and Council of Deans to develop the ‘Non-Medical Endoscopists (NMEs) competence assessment portfolio’ which will support learning and development.

The portfolio will help trainees and practising NMEs, their clinical supervisors, mentors and managers to capture and evidence learning and development, which will allow them to show that they have achieved the required skills and knowledge to deliver quality care to patients

It will be a valuable resource tool that can be used to inform educational courses, assessment, and help commissioners and providers of education to develop their own workforce.

The framework has been developed to address the demand for gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy in the UK which is expected to increase over the next decade due to increased patient expectations, emphasis on early diagnosis and better uptake of screening.