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George Eliot Hospital endoscopy service achieve coveted West Midlands Endoscopy Academy status and deliver world class training to clinicians

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The George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust’s endoscopy service has showcased their outstanding commitment to training by being awarded prestigious West Midlands Endoscopy Academy status. 

The status gives the renowned Solomon Macey Endoscopy Unit the capacity to deliver Joint Advisory Group on GI and Endoscopy (JAG) accredited training courses to endoscopy trainees. 

The unit has already successfully hosted their first course with the delivery of the first ever ‘Super’ Train the Colonoscopy Trainer course. 

Dr Edmond Sung, Consultant Gastroenterologist at George Eliot Hospital, outlined the significance of the achievement: “Our unit was chosen to host this course, which is the first of its kind offered by the West Midlands Endoscopy Academy, due to our unique access to state of the art facilities, including advanced audio-visual equipment with a dedicated training room built into our unit. 

“The course has helped to upskill endoscopy trainers from both George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and Worcester Acute NHS Trust to be able to further deliver high quality endoscopy immersive training across the region.

“Our vision to become a training centre of excellence for endoscopy is taking shape and achieving reality. We are incredibly proud of the whole team who have taken us to this monumental moment and are committed to ensuring continued successes in the Academy,”

As part of the training the Solomon Macey Endoscopy Unit had the privilege to receive experienced course faculty training from nationally renowned endoscopy trainers including Dr. Aravinth Muruganathan, Dr. Ashit Shah and Dr. Brian McKaig (Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust), Dr. Paul Collins (Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust) and Dr. Roisin Bevan (University Hospitals of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust). 

Anna Reynolds, Nurse Lead and Unit Manager added: “The feedback from the external faculty was very positive and we have proven that we can be an asset to the Academy”

“This was only the first of many training courses delivered by our endoscopy unit and we are looking forward to delivering a Basic Skills in Colonoscopy course in November 2022 and Immersive Endoscopy training in January 2023 as part of the West Midlands Academy

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