Endoscopy - elearning for healthcare
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About the Endoscopy programme

The Endoscopy elearning programme is a free elearning resource for health and care professionals working in endoscopy. It has been developed by the Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (JAG) working in partnership with Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh). 

The Endoscopy elearning resource provides a programme of courses covering the core areas of endoscopy. Interactive learning is incorporated into each session with a variety of question formats related to each subject area. Each session of elearning takes around 20 minutes to complete and can be done so in more than one sitting, to fit around busy work and study schedules. 

Core Endoscopy for Endoscopists

The Core Endoscopy for Endoscopists course covers distinct areas of endoscopic practice providing an overview of the subject area and links to further learning resources. The course covers a virtual curriculum of knowledge-based competencies required by endoscopists, endoscopy trainers and endoscopy nurses to establish a firm foundation for their further training. This learning tool should be seen as an adjunct to additional JAG skills courses and completion of appropriate hands-on training linked to a portfolio or competency-framework, providing evidence of learning in areas that are central to the practice of endoscopy. 

Sessions within this course include:

  • Role of Endoscopy
  • Consent for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • The Normal Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Examination
  • Patient Centred Care
  • Risk Assessment for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Complications of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Safe Sedation for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Safe Diathermy for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • The Videoendoscope and Endoscopic Image
  • Enhanced Detection of Gastrointestinal Pathology
  • Endoscopic Examination of the Lower Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Capsule Endoscopy

    The Capsule Endoscopy course covers the technical components of the capsule endoscopy (CE) procedure including the kit and software needed and introduces indications for the use of CE. It will cover how to report CE including identification of important landmarks and the spectrum of normal findings. It will also introduce the learner to pathological findings seen on CE and the possible spectrum of appearance these may have. This learning tool should be seen as an adjunct to additional JAG skills courses and completion of appropriate training, providing evidence of learning in areas that are central to the practice of capsule endoscopy. 

    Sessions within the course include:

    • Technical Knowledge Part 1
    • Technical Knowledge Part 2
    • Normal Anatomy and Normal Variants
    • Pathological Finding
  • Endoscopic Non-Technical Skills (ENTS)

    This course introduces endoscopy team members to the concept and importance of endoscopic non-technical skills (ENTS). It provides a comprehensive overview of the skills necessary to undertake endoscopy, effectively. These include communication, teamwork, leadership, situational awareness, judgement and decision-making skills. 

    Sessions within this course include:  

    • Endoscopic Non-Technical Skills (ENTS) 
    • Respiratory Depression: Communication, Teamwork & Leadership 
    • Perforation in Endoscopy: Situational Awareness & Judgement and Decision Making 
    • Upper GI Bleed: ENTS in Action 
  • JETS Workforce

    This area of learning comprises of 3 courses. Each course, comprising of several sessions each, covers a distinct area of endoscopy practice and provides an overview of the subject area and links to further learning resources.

    ENDO 1 

    This learning tool should be used as prerequisite to the ENDO1 half day training course (virtual or face to face), and completion of section 1 and 2 of the JETS Workforce ePortfolio and competency framework. The completion of the elearning provides evidence of learning in areas that are central to the practice of endoscopy. These sessions support the completion of the foundation level of the JETS Workforce ePortfolio and are required to complete the foundation segment (level 1). 

    ENDO 2 

    This learning tool should be used as prerequisite to the ENDO2 one day training course (face to face), and completion of section 3 of the JETS Workforce ePortfolio and competency framework. The completion of the elearning provides evidence of learning in areas that are central to the practice of assisting at advanced endoscopy. These sessions support the completion of the advanced practice level of the JETS Workforce ePortfolio and are required to complete the segment (level 3). 

    ENDO 3 

    This learning tool should be used as prerequisite to the ENDO3 one day training course (virtual or face to face), and completion of section 4 and 5 of the JETS Workforce ePortfolio and competency framework. The completion of the elearning provides evidence of learning in areas that are central to the practice of endoscopy leadership and management. These sessions support the completion of the management and leadership levels of the JETS Workforce ePortfolio and are required to complete the segment (level 4 and 5). 

  • Endoscopic Ultrasound

    This course is aimed at endosonographers undertaking or planning to undertake endoscopic ultrasound-guided tissue sampling by fine-needle aspiration (FNA) or fine-needle biopsy (FNB). The course focuses on best practice in endoscopic and sampling technique, as well as tissue processing, and emphasises the importance of auditing outcomes. 

    The interactive sessions of elearning are designed to enhance and blend with existing teaching within endoscopy.

  • Learning pathways: Basic Skills

    This area of learning provides 3 courses, designed to provide basic skills in the following areas of practice:  

    • Colonoscopy
    • Oesophago-Gastro-Duodenoscopy (OGD)
    • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

    Each course comprises of sessions from throughout the Endoscopy programme. They have been organised in such a way to provide a straightforward learning pathway, for those interested in the abovementioned areas of practice. 

NHS Education for Scotland

NHS Education for Scotland supports the JETS workforce resources within ENDO 1 and ENDO 2 for Endoscopy Practice across Scotland. There are notable variances within Decontamination Practice and Legislation for which learners within Scotland, should refer to specific National guidance.

Meet the Clinical Team

  • Srivathsan Ravindran, JAG Clinical Fellow, RCP

    Dr Srivathsan Ravindran

    JAG Clinical Fellow, RCP
  • Dr Phedra Dodds

    Dr Phedra Dodds

    Nurse Lead, Endoscopy Programme, HEE South West

Meet the Project Team

  • Anna Jenkins

    Anna Jenkins

    JAG Programme Manager, Care Quality Improvement Department, RCP
  • Srivathsan Ravindran, JAG Clinical Fellow, RCP

    Dr Srivathsan Ravindran

    JAG Clinical Fellow, RCP
  • Rumneet Ghumman

    JAG Senior Project Coordinator, RCP
  • Marnie Greenrod

    Marnie Greenrod

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Sonali Gupta

    Sonali Gupta

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Naomi Knight

    Naomi Knight

    Graphic Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Rachel Gowland

    Rachel Gowland

    Stakeholder Officer, HEE TEL

How to access

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 If you already have an account with elfh, then you can enrol on to the Endoscopy programme by logging in to the elfh Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section. 

NHS healthcare staff in England – ESR 

The Endoscopy programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career. 

Further details are available here. 

Not an NHS organisation?  

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account. 

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal. 

Registering large numbers of users 

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Endoscopy programme, please contact elfh directly. 

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS 

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest. 

More information 

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