COVID-19 guidance | Documents & templates | JAG programmes Further guidance

This page is regularly updated with information about JAG's programmes, as well as external guidance produced by other organisations in response to COVID-19.

Documents and templates

These documents have been contributed by endoscopy services to share best practice. These are not endorsed by JAG and should be reviewed and applied appropriately. If you have a document you would like to share then please get in touch.

JAG programmes

JAG accreditation

JAG is not undertaking accreditation assessments up to 1 September 2020. Services which are unable to have an assessment, or which are unable to maintain their waiting times due to the impact of COVID-19, will maintain accreditation. Accredited services are still asked to complete their annual review, but will be given extra time if this is required. The April GRS census has been cancelled, however services can complete this independently if they would like to. In the event that the endoscopy department is used for inpatient overflow, we refer you to this guidance.

JAG accreditation training days

Available accreditation training days are listed on the JAG website. It is likely that these will be suspended until 30 June 2020.

Bowel cancer screener accreditation assessments

Assessment centres should make the decision locally whether assessments go ahead as planned. This needs to be considered in agreement with assessors and candidates.

JAG certification extension

From 20 April 2020, the criteria to have completed 15 procedures in the last 3 months will be extended to 15 procedures in the 6 months prior to applying for certification. Furthermore, the procedure KPIs will be calculated from 6 months data rather than 3 months data. Also, the window for submission of all four summative Direct Observation of Procedure Skills (DOPS) forms will be extended from 1 to 3 months. These timelines will be kept under review.

JAG certification requirements are informed by the evidence base available to guide the criteria for each procedure. This is key to ensuring high quality endoscopy and therefore maintaining patient safety. To reflect this and to ensure consistency, all other certification criteria are not being altered.

Training courses at JAG approved training centres

We are aware that a number of training courses run by the JAG approved training centres in the upcoming months have been cancelled or postponed. We will be working with training centres to support them to offer basic skills training courses as soon as it is appropriate to do so.

Find out more about training pathways and criteria available here. If you have any queries please contact

Further guidance

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