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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

JAG has collated documents from endoscopy services to share best practice, available on the JAG resources page. 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. These are suspended indefinately however we are investigated providing online training and will publish details as soon as possible.

Bowel cancer screener accreditation assessments

Accreditation assessments for screening colonoscopy are being organised from August 2020. Bowel Scope accreditation is not being offered until further notice. 

Candidates who have completed their application, and have taken and passed their MCQ (which can be done in the candidates' local screening centre), will be contacted by a member of the JAG team to arrange their colonoscopy assessment date. Candidates who are yet to apply, should do so following the standard process outlined on our website

Candidates will be offered assessment dates on a first come, first served basis. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 a number of assessments needed to be cancelled and as a result there is an increased demand for assessment dates. If an individual needs to be prioritised for an assessment, this will need to be discussed initially by the screening centre, commissioners and regional SQAS teams to understand the specific reasons. Regional SQAS should then make the recommendation to national SQAS who will contact the accreditation team at JAG. The accreditation team will only take instructions to prioritise a candidate from the national SQAS team at PHE.

We are aware of the impact of any delays in offering accreditation on centres and candidates and would like to thank you all for your continued support.

JAG certification extension

From 20 April 2020, the criteria to have completed 15 procedures in the last 3 months was extended to 15 procedures in the 6 months prior to applying for certification. Furthermore, the procedure KPIs are calculated from 6 months data rather than 3 months data. Trainees are expected to complete a minimum of 5 procedures in the 6 weeks prior to applying for certification. Also, the window for submission of all four summative Direct Observation of Procedure Skills (DOPS) forms has been extended from 1 month to 6 weeks. 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

The JAG team, in collaboration with the regional training centres have agreed that no courses will be run until 1 September 2020 at which point the decision will be reviewed, and we will provide an update. This position reflects the need for centres to focus on recovering endoscopy services and training locally. We also feel it would not be appropriate currently to provide courses which necessitate travel and take place in an environment that is not conducive to being able to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of learners or those providing courses.

All centres are committed to restarting training courses when appropriate to do so. When this is possible, the focus will be to provide basic skills courses.

The JAG team, in collaboration with training centres, is also looking to develop further resources to support training whilst courses are not available.

A limited number of pilot courses are planned to run before 1 September to explore models to deliver effective training in this challenging environment. Those involved in these will be contacted by the centres offering these courses.

If you would like further information, please contact askjag@rcplondon.ac.uk

Further guidance

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