Modernising Endoscopy Services

 The NICaN Modernising Endoscopy Services (MES) Project was established in August 2007 to prepare colonoscopy services for the introduction of the regional Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. In April 2010 the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme was established. By then the majority of the objectives of the original MES Project had been fulfilled; therefore, the original project will end on 31st December 2010.

In recognition that a considerable body of work remains to modernise upper GI endoscopy services and to ensure the provision of a high quality, standards driven GI endoscopy service into the future, the MES Project Board was re-constituted in June 2010.

The MES Project Board is now chaired by Dr Miriam McCarthy, Deputy Secretary for Healthcare Policy at the DHSSPS. Also on the Project Board are the HSCB Directors for Commissioning and Performance Management and Service Improvement, the Assistant Director responsible for Screening in the PHA and the Medical Director of NICaN, Dr Dermot Hughes. The Board is currently leading two strands of work as part of the continuing regional drive to modernise endoscopy services; the first is a service improvement project aimed at ensuring the appropriateness of referrals for upper GI endoscopy and the second is a piece of work to agree the best way to ensure the provision of a standards driven GI endoscopy service into the future.

For further information about the service improvement project, contact Mrs Rosemary Hulatt, Programme Manager Diagnostic Services, HSCB  

For further information about the work on standards for endoscopy services into the future, contact Ms Mary Maguire, Director, Health Facilities Planning, DHSSPS,  

Enquiries about endoscopy training should be directed to Dr Colin Rodgers  

Patient information 
(signed off by MES group at May 2010 meeting, letter issued to stakeholders by Mr Kourosh Khosraviani on 14 July 2010)

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Leaflet titles 


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Colonoscopy aftercare 

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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy 

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Flexible Sigmoidoscopy aftercare 

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OGD/Gastroscopy aftercare 

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ERCP aftercare 

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Northern Ireland GRS:            
GRS Homepage:                    
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British Society of Gastroenterology:
The Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (The JAG)
Diagnostics Collaborative Programme NHS Scotland
The 18 Weeks Endoscopy Site:
Cancer Services Collaborative ‘Improvement Partnership’:
NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement:
The Ileostomy and Internal Pouch Support Group:
National Association of Colitis and Crohn’s Disease:
Oesophageal Patient’s Association:
Colostomy Association:
The Gut Trust:                          
Beating Bowel Cancer:          
Bowel Cancer UK:      
Northern Ireland Cancer Registry: