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Clinical endoscopist training programme

To address the increasing demand for endoscopy services HEE has worked with the Joint Advisory Committee on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (JAG) to develop a clinical endoscopist (formerly non-medical endoscopist) training programme. 

This 30 week programme has been designed to teach NMC Adult Nurses and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered healthcare professionals to perform safe diagnostic procedures in either upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy.  

HEE is  providing an employer support package of £15,000 per NHS trainee for the April and October 2019 cohorts.

This package can be used to support creating sufficient capacity to release trainees from their duties or to provide training capacity when completing the 200 practical procedures within the trust.  

Two pilot trainee cohorts completed the training in 2016 and following a positive initial evaluation report by the Office for Public Management (OPM), the programme is being rolled out more widely. Successful trainees from the programme have advanced their careers while helping to meet endoscopy service demands in their trust and freeing up medical colleagues to concentrate on more complicated cases.

To date, some 128 trainees are now either in training or have completed training. 

It is such a brilliant program! It is intense, but provides robust quality training”

 - Jun Wang, Nurse Endoscopist/ Endoscopy Specialist practitioner – University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust.

Feedback shows trainees are helping to meet clinical demand, reduce waiting lists and contributing to a better patient experience. The full follow-up evaluation will be published in the spring and will be available on this page.

I think actually what it’s done has put better practices in place, before it was very ad hoc, the trust has focused on training massively and the planning worked has benefited us and the registrars.”

Developing your career

Trainees who have completed the programme have found it a rewarding way to develop their skills and advance their career in a practical patient focused role. They are taking on new roles such as clinical research, leading clinics and designing pre-assessment services alongside utilising their new scoping skills to have a positive direct impact on quality of care for patients.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and I am now running my own list in the endoscopy unit alongside my role as an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) nurse. It has expanded my knowledge, skill base and my role as a IBD nurse”

 Alexandra Westhoff, IBD Nurse Specialist/ Non-medical Endoscopist – St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital NHS Trust.

Find everything you need to know about the programme and how to apply below: 

The accelerated training programme takes seven months and comprises of:

- clinical in house practical skills training to achieve JAG certification (suggested minimum of two dedicated endoscopy training sessions per week) requiring at least 200 procedures.

- regular meetings with local mentor and clinical supervisor

- attendance at study days at a university, leading to academic accreditation

- completion of academic assignment (currently 4,000 word case study)

- completion of JAG certification in either diagnostic upper GI (OGD) or flexible sigmoidoscopy

- completion of the competency portfolio signed off by clinical supervisor

- completion of SLATE e-learning package

- attendance at JAG Basic Skills course (2-3 days)

To enable trainees to train within the timeframe, employing organisations are expected to provide local support, including clinical supervision, good access to clinical lists to enable trainees to complete the necessary 200 clinical procedures, and sufficient release from other responsibilities to support trainees to focus on the programme requirements.  

Applications are welcome from suitably experienced, NMC or HCPC registered healthcare professionals. This includes but is not limited to;

- Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists in Cancer,

- Clinical Nurse Specialists  in Endoscopy, GI Radiology, GI Surgery, Gastroenterology

- Dieticians

- Radiographers  - Therapeutic and Diagnostic

- Operating Department Practitioners

- Specialist Screening Practitioners

Note: If your role if not listed you may still be eligible to apply, please get in touch. The programme is not open to medically qualified applicants. 

To be accepted onto the trainee cohort 10 applications should be submitted by 5 February 2019 to start in April 2019. 

Other useful dates:

Selection day 1: 12 February 2019, Liverpool

Selection day 2: 26 February 2019, Liverpool

Induction day: 2 April 2019, London


To be accepted onto the trainee cohort 11 applications should be submitted by 29 July 2019 to start in October 2019.

Other useful dates:

Selection day 1: 3 September 2019, Liverpool

Selection day 2: 10 September 2019, Liverpool

Induction day: 1 October 2019, London


Clinical supervisors are required to attend induction days with successful trainees.

Please direct any enquiries to diagnosticsprogramme@hee.nhs.uk.

Take a look at our supporting documents and if you are interested in applying for the training programme or putting forward a candidate from your trust, please complete and send the application form to NME@rcplondon.ac.uk.

All shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview.

The application form can also be found here




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