Bowel screening pilot to begin at Waitemata.
Subject: Medical screening (Methods)
Medical screening (Usage)
Gastrointestinal diseases (Diagnosis)
Gastrointestinal diseases (Prevention)
Author: Masters, Jenni
Pub Date: 05/01/2011
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: May, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 4
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 257674939
Full Text: In May Last year, the Minister of Health Tony Ryall announced a four-year bowel screening pilot would be Launched this year to assess the feasibility of introducing a national screening programme. Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) was selected to run this pilot programme because of its strong focus on screening and its commitment to work closely with primary care.

The decision to roll out a national programme will be made in 2015, once data from the pilot has been analysed. The data will include the Level of participation, the number of cancers detected, the stage of disease at diagnosis, the impact on health services and the costs involved. The pilot also provides an opportunity to investigate and evaluate nursing roles within the screening programme, such as lead endoscopy nurse and bowel screening nurse lead. Similar roles, which are well-developed overseas, may be trialled in the pilot programme.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has developed and appointed two sector-based positions to Lead quality improvements in endoscopy services across the country. Physician David Theobald has been appointed national clinical Lead for gastrointestinal endoscopy, and nurse 3enni Masters, the national endoscopy service improvement Lead.

A registered nurse, Masters has been involved in gastroenterology services at Capital and Coast DH B and is a member of NZNO's gastroenterology nurses' section. Masters is also working with the section on career pathway options for endoscopy nurses. There are presently no national standards for endoscopy nursing nor a structured career pathway for this specialised area.

The gastroenterology section is committed to developing national skill-based competencies for endoscopy nurses this year. A working group will be established in June to develop these competencies, a draft of which will be circulated to members by October. The final draft will be presented at the section's annual conference in Dunedin in November. These skill-based competencies are expected to lead to the development of a career pathway for the country's endoscopy nurses.

Information supplied by Moll national endoscopy service improvement lead, Jenni Masters
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