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40-week training programme

The HEE Progression to Colonoscopy Training Programme is designed for appropriate registered healthcare professionals (NMC Adult Nurses and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered) to develop to perform safe, independent colonoscopy procedures to meet the requirements of the JAG full colonoscopy certification.

With demand in endoscopy continuing to increase, the programme aims to help trusts to meet endoscopy challenges, support workforce flexibility and increase trust diagnostic capacity.


This blended learning programme takes 40 weeks (9 months) - it combines clinical procedure development with simulation experiences for technical and non-technical skills in addition to the completion of Joint Advisory Group (JAG) mandatory courses. Attendance at essential clinical contact is required for the Basic Skills Course, Polypectomy Level 2 Training and Simulation Days. This programme develops advanced clinical practice with academic award at level 7 (Masters' Level). All academic content is taught online.

For an overview please see our Clinical Endoscopy Training FAQs.

1. Submit an online Expression of Interest form for yourself or on behalf of an applicant as a manger.

2. The expression of interest will be reviewed by our team and shortlisting will commence.

3. You will be asked to complete an online application form if yourself or your applicant meets the initial entry criteria.

4. You will be invited to participate in a short online selection meeting prior to confirmation of your place.

Please note: this is an open application process and as such there is no closing date. Once we have received your application, we will inform you of the next steps.

The programme is open to registered healthcare professionals (NMC Adult Nurses/ Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) who:

 - are training in house in colonoscopy and have not yet achieved Joint Advisory Group (JAG) provisional certification in colonoscopy
 - have certification in flexible sigmoidoscopy, and are training in house for colonoscopy.

In 2020/21 HEE is providing a training grant of up to £15,000 per trainee. This support may be reduced for trainees who have already completed a significant number of procedures in the modality. Applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis during the selection process. HEE pays for all programme fees and provides a contribution to cover travel and subsistence expenses

Please note: applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis during the selection process. This grant can be used to support trusts to create sufficient capacity for training and supervision for trainees when completing the required number of practical procedures within the trust.

Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact our team: diagnosticsprogramme@hee.nhs.uk