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Basic skills in gastrointestinal endoscopy

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 11 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7142
  1. Sreedhari Thayalasekaran, locum appointment for training, specialty training year 3, gastroenterology, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Reading, UK
  1. sreethaya{at}

The basic skills in gastrointestinal endoscopy course covers the theoretical and practical aspects of upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and is approved and accredited by the Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (JAG). It is held in various locations across the country; the JAG Endoscopy Training System website gives specific locations and dates ( I attended the course at the Mersey School of Endoscopy, which is one of the three national endoscopy training centres in England.

The course aims to provide trainees with the skills to perform upper gastrointestinal endoscopy safely. The first two days were spent at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. The third day consisted of hands-on training, with half the delegates at the Royal Liverpool Hospital and the other half at Aintree Hospital. The faculty consisted of three consultants, one nurse endoscopist, and one healthcare assistant.

Who is the course for?

It is for anyone …

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