National Endoscopy Database

The National Endoscopy Database (NED) aims to help improve endoscopy quality in the UK by collecting live procedure data from over 400 endoscopy units into one central database. 

NED aims to address unwanted variation in endoscopy performance by providing access to highly detailed and robust performance analytics and reports, benchmarked against national standards. With NED, endoscopists can easily review their own key performance indicators (KPI's) set against the British Society of Gastroenterology's (BSG) standards. 

NED helps to:

  • Provide benchmarked endoscopy performance reports, allowing endoscopists, providers and commissioners to identify and act on potential issues rapidly
  • Seamlessly automate real time capture of clinical data directly from a variety of endoscopy reporting systems (ERS)
  • Introduce a way to compare endoscopy procedures from across the country - functioning as a critical quality and improvement evaluation tool

NED provides the level of transparency necessary to identify under performance and variation. These insights are critical to improving endoscopy quality and patient safety across the UK, which is why the commitment to uploading to NED is a requirement for JAG accreditation.

The development of NED is documented in the NED paper 'Development of a National Automated Endoscopy Database: The United Kingdom National Endoscopy Database (NED)'. You can view this here

NED is a joint initiative between the Joint Advisory Group in gastrointestinal endoscopy (JAG), British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG), Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons (AUGIS) and Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI), owned by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

The NED team have worked on developments to NED to update and improve the data being collected. For further information on the updates, NED iteration 2 (NEDi2), please see our explanatory document.

For more information, please see the NED website.

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