JAG consensus statements for training and certification in flexible sigmoidoscopy.

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Authors
McKaig, Brian
Murugananthan, Aravinth
Regan, Catherine
Issue Date
2023-01-27
Type
Article
Peer-Reviewed Publication
Keywords
Certification
Consensus
Endoscopy
Flexible sigmoidoscopy
Guideline
Peer-reviewed article
Review
Training
United Kingdom
Journal
Frontline Gastroenterology
Volume
14
Issue
3
Research Projects
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Journal Issue
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Abstract
Introduction: Joint Advisory Group (JAG) certification in endoscopy is awarded when trainees attain minimum competency standards for independent practice. A national evidence-based review was undertaken to update standards for training and certification in flexible sigmoidoscopy (FS). Methods: A modified Delphi process was conducted between 2019 and 2020 with multisociety representation from experts and trainees. Following literature review and Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluations appraisal, recommendation statements on FS training and certification were formulated and subjected to anonymous voting to obtain consensus. Accepted statements were peer-reviewed by national stakeholders for incorporation into the JAG FS certification pathway. Results: In total, 41 recommendation statements were generated under the domains of: definition of competence (13), acquisition of competence (17), assessment of competence (7) and postcertification support (4). The consensus process led to revised criteria for colonoscopy certification, comprising: (A) achieving key performance indicators defined within British Society of Gastroenterology standards (ie, rectal retroversion >90%, polyp retrieval rate >90%, patient comfort <10% with moderate-severe discomfort); (B) minimum procedure count ≥175; (C) performing 15+ procedures over the preceding 3 months; (D) attendance of the JAG Basic Skills in Lower gastrointestinal Endoscopy course; (E) satisfying requirements for formative direct observation of procedural skill (DOPS) and direct observation of polypectomy skill (SMSA level 1); (F) evidence of reflective practice as documented on the JAG Endoscopy Training System reflection tool and (G) successful performance in summative DOPS. Conclusion: The UK standards for training and certification in FS have been updated to support training, uphold standards in FS and polypectomy, and provide support to the newly independent practitioner.
Description
Received 2nd July 2022. Accepted 4th October 2022. First published 27th January 2023. Online issue published 4th April 2023.
Citation
Siau K, Pelitari S, Green S, McKaig B, Rajendran A, Feeney M, Thoufeeq M, Anderson J, Ravindran V, Hagan P, Cripps N, Beales ILP, Church K, Church NI, Ratcliffe E, Din S, Pullan RD, Powell S, Regan C, Ngu WS, Wood E, Mills S, Hawkes N, Dunckley P, Iacucci M, Thomas-Gibson S, Wells C, Murugananthan A. JAG consensus statements for training and certification in flexible sigmoidoscopy. Frontline Gastroenterol. 2023 Jan 27;14(3):181-200. doi: 10.1136/flgastro-2022-102259. PMID: 37056324; PMCID: PMC10086722.
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