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Can centralized training improve endoscopy for diagnosis and treatment of GI cancer?

A nationwide project is to be established in the UK, to see if centralized training in endoscopy techniques can improve the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal cancer.

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The British government is to spend 2.5 million pounds sterling (US$ 3.5m) on the project, which will involve the establishment of 11 training centers.

More than 600 health workers will undergo training during the three-year project.

A national team will coordinate training and assess its quality.

Until now, training in endoscopy has relied on the individual approaches of clinicians.
Mike Richards

Some 275 staff will be trained for the first time in endoscopy procedures, while another 245 clinicians will receive help in developing their skills.

Another 144 professionals will be trained in basic skills.

The project is based on a scheme piloted by the Royal College of Surgeons, England.

The national cancer director for the UK, Professor Mike Richards, said, "Until now the training of staff in endoscopy has relied predominantly on the individual approaches of clinicians.

"In reality this has meant a huge variation across the country in the quality of existing education and access to training.

"This three-year project will significantly increase the number of people who can access training in endoscopy, and it will help reduce the waiting times for diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers."

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