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Nurse Endoscopist training success

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The nurse endoscopist team has increased by 3 in the last 12 months, in readiness to be able to deliver additional capacity from the Bishop Auckland site and improve list utilisation across the Trust.

Our 3 new recruits will undergo intense training which is delivered in house by the team of medical, surgical and nurse endoscopists. They also have access to academic modules and degree/masters level pathways supported by Liverpool John Moore's University and Birmingham City University.

Their training is part funded by Health Education England and those still in training are also supported by the Northern Endoscopy Training Academy (NETA).

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Daniel Plant, Niki Horne and Winona Fajardo are our first nurse endoscopists to train following this new format and we are delighted to have them on board.

Daniel Plant has successfully completed his practical training and academic work and is practicing independently with his hands on training being completed in just 10 months, a new record for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust!  He is having a very positive impact on the service.

We look forward to supporting Niki and Winona to independent practice also in the near future.


'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital