The Advanced Colonoscopy Skills Training Required For NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Accreditation: The Outcomes Of An Integrative Literature Review (2023)

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*Brayford P.

Gut. Conference: Annual Meeting of the British Society of Gastroenterology, BSG 2023. Liverpool United Kingdom. 72(Supplement 2) (pp A169), 2023. Date of Publication: June 2023.

Introduction NHS Bowel cancer screening colonoscopists are required to undertake accreditation for which there are well defined standards, but training to achieve these skills has not been clearly determined. An Integrative Review aimed to identify the training required for independent colonoscopists to develop the advanced skills necessary to achieve Bowel Cancer Screening Accreditation (BCSA). The findings were utilised to develop a training plan which could support independent colonoscopists achieve BCSA. Methods The Integrative Review (IR) utilised the secondary research process described by Whittemore and Knafl (2005) to synthesise and analyse a range of methodologically diverse studies. Key stages of this process included problem identification, literature search, data evaluation, data analysis, conclusion drawing and presentation. Electronic databases including CINHAL, MEDLINE and PubMed were searched in September 2020. The inclusion criteria were English language literature focused on training in the advanced colonoscopy skills from 2012 onwards, excluding beginner colonoscopy training. Results In total this generated 3548 papers of which 3476 were excluded. The full text of seventy-seven papers were screened, identifying twenty-three methodologically diverse papers, meeting the inclusion/exclusion criteria for critical evaluation and analysis within the IR. Five broad themes were found to contribute to the development of the advanced colonoscopy skills required for BCSA-See figure 1. Conclusions It was clear from the IR that training in polyp related skills and knowledge was vital for successful BCSA. In addition, selecting motivated, meticulous colonoscopists and focusing on individual learning needs along with utilisation of audit and feedback all contribute to skill development for BCSA. The IR findings were utilised to develop evidence based individual, local, regional and national recommendations to assist with the advanced colonoscopy skill development necessary for BCSA.