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Nursing and Midwifery

Evaluation of Non-Medical Endoscopy Workforce Development Project

The overarching objectives of the project were to support appropriate educational preparation of nurses (and other non-medical groups) to undertake a range of endoscopy procedures in order to increase service capacity and reduce patient waiting times, with the intention of addressing the increasing demand for endoscopy services within the NHS to meet diagnostic waiting time targets.

The overall purpose of the NHS Education for Scotland endoscopy workforce development project was to increase staff capacity in order to reduce patient waiting times for endoscopy procedures. The evidence provided by this evaluative audit indicates that goal was achieved, albeit other factors such as a small increase in medical staffing levels, additional endoscopy facilities and changes to the
management of endoscopy waiting lists will also have contributed to these improvements within Scotland.

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