Endoscopy team helping to raise care standards

UHNM's endoscopy team promote and take part in training throughout the year to improve quality of care for gastroenterology patients

UHNM's endoscopy team are helping to improve care and drive standards forward through significant contribution to training. The team organised a two-day 'Midlands-Scotland ERCP sharing good practice course' recently, which aimed to increase the quality of ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangioancreatography), a procedure enabling physicians to examine pancreatic and bile ducts in gastroenterology patients. Dr Srisha Hebbar, Consultant Gastroenterologist, along with other national faculty, also led in delivering the 'Train the Trainer ERCP course' for World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) delegates at University College Hospital, London. This was the first joint British Society of Gastroenterology-WGO ERCP course, with a vision to improve the quality of ERCP training on a national and international scale.

Dr Hebbar said: "Our team is dedicated to helping improve standards of care for patients, and this is demonstrated in the extent and quality of the training we promote and take part in. We were fortunate enough to have Dr Peter Cotton from South Carolina on our international faculty for the ERCP course earlier this year, as he is best known for his advancement in digestive disease and pioneering and naming the ERCP procedure. He also delivered a lecture entitled '50 years of ERCP' at the medical grand rounds. And in June, the endoscopy unit hosted nine premedical students of Kansas University for a week. They were here to understand the working of the NHS and had exposure to gastroenterology and other allied specialities. They were amazed at the quality of service provided by the hospital and NHS as a whole."

The annual 'Charles Swan Training Award', which is given to any member of the endoscopy team who has shown an exceptional commitment to training, was also presented to Carole Lyth, endoscopy senior manager, for her significant contribution to nurse training.