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The National Endoscopy Training Programme (NETP) offers training to improve the quality of endoscopy care for patients in Scotland, helping to provide the clinical capacity needed to address endoscopy and cancer waiting times.

The NETP aims to increase endoscopy capacity through the development of a highly skilled and sustainable endoscopy workforce, minimising repeat procedures and improving patient experience.

What do we do?

Immersion Training

What is Immersion Training?

This training provides a period of intensive endoscopy practice, supported by an accredited trainer, for trainee endoscopists to reach the required number of procedures to become Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (JAG) accredited. This is currently only offered at NHS Golden Jubilee.

Who do I contact?

If you are interested, please speak to your training lead and for further information contact 

Basic Endoscopy Skills Courses

What are Basic Endoscopy Skills Courses?

These courses (for Colonoscopy and Upper GI) are available at both the West of Scotland Training Centre at Stobhill, and the Surgical Skills Centre in Dundee. From 2024, these courses will also be available at the new National Endoscopy Training Programme Training Centre within NHS Golden Jubilee. 

All courses are advertised for booking on the JETS Website. 

Who do I contact?

To register and book onto this course, please visit the JETS website. For informal enquiries please contact: or

Train the Trainer Course 

What is Train the Trainer?

This course is a must for any independent endoscopist involved in teaching and training. The training brings the endoscopist up to date with the latest teaching, training theory and practice.

This course is run over 2 days. This first day is classroom based and the second provides an opportunity to practice learning while being supported and critiqued by a national trainer. 

What is happening?

This training is currently taking place at Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow and will be available at the new National Endoscopy Training Programme Training Centre within NHS Golden Jubilee from 2024.

Who do I contact?

This course can be booked via For informal enquiries please contact: or

Upskilling for Colonoscopy

What is Upskilling for Colonoscopy?

This course is aimed at experienced colonoscopists to update and critique their current skills and practice, they will also learn about new developments and techniques.

What is happening?

The JAG accredited courses are currently only available at Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow and at the East Lothian Community Hospital. From 2024, these courses will also be available at the new National Endoscopy Training Programme Training Centre within NHS Golden Jubilee. 

Latest endoscopy Key Performance Indicator data is demonstrating improvement in both ceacal intubation rates and adenoma detection rates in boards where a significant percentage of Endoscopists have participated in upskilling.

Who do I contact?

If you would like to make a formal request for this training to be delivered at your Health Board, contact

For more information about training being delivered at NHS Lothian, contact 

Endoscopy Non Technical Skills (ENTS) 

What is Endoscopy Non Technical Skills Training?

This Endoscopy non Technical Skills Training programme has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 5 category 1 (external) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits.

This training is suitable for all members of the endoscopy team, including certified endoscopists, trainee endoscopists, endoscopy nurses, health care support workers and other allied health professionals (AHP's). 

Places are allocated to ensure the whole multidisciplinary team are represented.

Training is delivered over 1 day and focuses on situational awareness, leadership, communication and teamwork through scenario based simulation.

This training is delivered by the National Endoscopy Training Programme in collaboration with the Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (JAG). 

What is happening?

Faculty training for this course took place in the Scottish Centre for Simulation and Clinical Human Factors in August 2022 and is now being successfully delivered across Scotland. 

There is a nominal fee of £50 per learner to participate in this training. Travel and accommodation are also the responsibility of the learners host board.

Dates for 2024:

  • 22 August and 11 September at Skills and Simulation Centre NHS Scotland Academy within the Golden Jubilee.  

All dates are bookable via the JETS website. 

Course Learning Objectives

Learners will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the endoscopy non-technical skills (ENTS) involved in maintaining a safe and patient centred endoscopy environment. 

Skills include:

  • Situational awareness
  • Safe decision making 
  • Effective communication and teamwork 
  • Effective leadership 

Learners will observe, discuss and practice these skills in simulation. 

Who do I contact?

To register for any of these courses contact

For further information contact 

National Assistant Practitioner Programme

What is the National Assistant Practitioner Programme?

The National Assistant Practitioner Programme (Endoscopy) provides a standardised programme to support Healthcare Support Workers (HCSWs) in their career development from level 2 to level 4 through SVQ work based learning with a series of online study days, eLearning and face to face simulated practice.

What is happening?

Cohort 1 completed the programme in August 2023 with cohort 2 due to complete the programme early 2024. 

Dates for cohorts 3, 4 and 5 are as follows:

  • Day 1 of face-to-face onsite training will take place at NHS Golden Jubilee Research Institute and Clinical Skills Area on 20 November 2024.
  • Day 2 of online training will take place on 4 December 2024. 
  • Day 3 of face-to-face training will take place at NHS Golden Jubilee Research Institute and Clinical Skills Area on 18 December 2024. 
  • Day 4 of online training will take place 8 January 2025. 
  • Day 5 and 6 of face-to-face simulation training will take place on 7 and 8 August 2024 and 5 and 6 February 2025. 
  • Day 7 of online training will take place 11 September 2024 and 5 March 2025.

Who do I contact?

For more information contact:

National Assistant Practitioner (Endoscopy) Programme on Turas Learn.

Endoscopy Network Forum

This forum is a networking group for Senior Charge Nurses, Nurse Managers and others working in endoscopy to learn from and support each other.

  • The Network Forum will take place every 6 weeks. 
  • If you have not received an invite and would like to join, or if there is something you would like to share with the group, contact

Endoscopy Simulator Induction 

What is the Endoscopy Simulator Induction

NES has funded 6 endoscopy simulators situated across training regions. These provide endoscopy trainees, students, trainee nurse endoscopists and established endoscopists the opportunity to accelerate their early acquisition of endoscopy skills to allow an early transition to full patient procedures. 

Learners can practice insertion and withdrawal as well as tip control and other basic skills and pathology recognition in a simulation environment. 

Training time should be scheduled to allow supervised sessions during the working day until technical competence is reached to maximise the experience within clinical endoscopy sessions. 

A number of simulators have software for bronchoscopy Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) as well as GI endoscopy, please check this at your local site.

Each simulator had a QR code attached that will take you directly to the TURAS learn page when it is scanned. 

How to book a simulator 

Before booking time on a simulator, you must review the induction video on how to use the Symbionix GI Mentor and GI Mentor Express. Click here to access the video 

You must also complete the short quiz on using the GI Mentor and contact the relevant location. All this information is available by clicking this link 

Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Best Practice Update

What is the Upper GI Best Practice Update? 

The Upper GI course takes place over one day and is for experienced endoscopists.

The course was developed following the establishment of the National Endoscopy Training Programme's Upper GI Endoscopy Guideline and Best Practice Consensus Statement, and updates endoscopists in best practice for improving lesion recognition and eventually patient outcomes.

Upper GI Endoscopy Guideline and Best Practice Consensus Statement 

What is happening? 

The course will be delivered at NHS Lanarkshire in May, before moving to the new National Endoscopy Training Programme unit at NHS Golden Jubilee. Dates will be published on the JETS website once available.

For more information, contact

Best practice updates

On 11 March, a team of UK experts delivered an informative session on lesion detection and recognition to over 100 Scottish Upper GI Endoscopists. The session received excellent feedback and has been made available to view on TURAS Learn.

View the lesion detection and recognition training session 

Recommendations and Guidance 

Additional resources

For more information contact

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Who are we?

Stephen Barclay

Core Faculty

Umesh Basavaraju

Core Faculty - Endoscopy Non Technical Skills

Karen Boylan

National Endoscopy Programme Lead

Aidan Cahill

National Endoscopy Training Lead - Regional Lead for West of Scotland Centre

Nick Church

Core Faculty

Shelly Cross

Core Faculty

Neil Cruikshank

Core Faculty

Simon Denley

Core Faculty

Jonathan Fletcher

Core Faculty

Andrew Fraser

Core Faculty

Graham Haddock

Chair of National Endoscopy Training Programme

Jodi Jervis

Core Faculty - Endoscopy Non Technical Skills

Diane Kennedy

Core Faculty

Tammi Kingstree

Core Faculty

Neil Lachlan

Core Faculty - Endoscopy Non Technical Skills

Norma McAvoy

Core Faculty

Craig Mackay

Core Faculty

Graham Mackay

Core Faculty

David Mansuori

Core Faculty

Audrey McCallum

Core Faculty

Jonathan McDonald

Core Faculty - Train the Colonoscopy Trainer

Aaron McGowan

Core Faculty

Douglas Morran

Core Faculty

Colin Noble

Core Faculty

Raymond Oliphant

Core Faculty - Regional Lead for Highland, Endoscopy Non Technical Skills

Maree Pasieka

Core Faculty

Leigh Paterson

National Endoscopy Training Programme Administrator

Natalie Peel

Core Faculty

Brian Rafferty

Core Faculty - Endoscopy Non Technical Skills

Andrew Renwick

Core Faculty

Kevin Robertson

Core Faculty

Duncan Scimgeour

Core Faculty

John Paul Seenan

Core Faculty - Colonoscopy Upskilling

Kawan Shalli

Core Faculty

Amanullah Shams

Core Faculty

Sandeep Siddhi

Core Faculty

Adrian Stanley

Core Faculty

Michelle Thornton

National Endoscopy Training Lead - Regional Lead for NHS Golden Jubilee - Lead for Non Technical Skills

Mike Walker

Core Faculty

Fiona Wilson

Core Faculty - Endoscopy Non Technical Skills

Jack Winter

Core Faculty

Elaine Yeap

Core Faculty