Further reading

JAG have developed a series of e-learning which are available via the e-learning for health platform. To log in, go onto the e-LfH website. Then Select ‘Programmes’ and then select ‘Endoscopy’. Then follow instructions to register by either Selecting How to access or the red Register button on the top right.

Reference books

Barton RJ, Corbett S, Van der Vlueten C. English Bowel Cancer Screening Programme and the UK Joint Advisory Group for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy The validity and reliability of a Direct Observation of Procedural Skills assessment tool: assessing colonoscopic skills of senior endoscopists. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2012, 75: 583-590.

Cotton PB, Williams CB. Practical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: The Fundamentals, 6th edition. Chichester, Sussex, Wiley–Blackwell, 2008.

Saunders BP. Colonoscopy technique. In: Classen M, Tytgat GNJ, Lightdale CJ (eds) Gastroenterological Endoscopy. New York, Georg Thieme Verlag, 2002: 135–150.

Saunders BP. Polyp management. In: Phillips RKS, Clarke S (eds) Frontiers in Colorectal Surgery. Shrewsbury, TFM, 2005: 29–44.

Saunders BP, Shah SG. Magnetic imaging of colonoscopy. In: Waye JD, Rex DK, Williams CB (eds) Colonoscopy Principles and Practice. Malden, MassachusettsMA, Blackwell, 2003: 265–275.

Waye JD. Colonoscopic polypectomy. In: Tytgat GNJ, Classen M, Waye JD, Nakazawa S (eds) Practice of Therapeutic Endoscopy, 2nd edition. Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaPA, Saunders, 2000: 213–233.

Published papers

Bowles CJA, Leicester R, Romaya C, Swarbrick E, Williams CB, Epstein O. A prospective study of colonoscopy practice in the UK today: are we adequately prepared for national colorectal cancer screening tomorrow? Gut, 2004, 53(2): 277–283.

Ell C, Fischbach W, Keller R, Dehe M. A randomized, blinded, prospective trial to compare the safety and efficacy of three bowel-cleansing solutions for colonoscopy. Endoscopy, 2003, 35: 300–304.

Gupta S, Anderson J, McKaig B, et al Development and Validation of a Novel Method for Assessing Competency in Polypectomy: Direct Observation of Polypectomy Skills (DOPySGastrointestEndosc 2011; 73(6): 1232-9

Rutter MD, Chilton A. Quality Assurance Guidelines for Colonoscopy. NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, 2011 (NHS BCSP Publication No 6).

Saunders BP. Colon tumours and colonoscopy. Endoscopy, 2005, 37: 1094–1097.

Shah SG, Saunders BP. Aids to insertion: magnetic imaging, variable stiffness, and overtubes. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America, 2005, 15: 673–686.

Electronic/Web-based media


(This is only available on a “pay for” basis through the website. The content is aimed at both beginners and experts. It attempts to illuminate some of the mysteries involved in achieving complete, comfortable and safe colonoscopy, and aid further understanding by seeing experts in action.

Williams C. Colonoscopy: the DVD. Olympus Optical, Tokyo, 2002. Available via www.wolfsonendoscopy.org.uk/st-mark-multimedia-colonoscopy-the-dvd.html

Saunders BP (writer and presenter). Polypectomy and Electrosurgery Techniques (VHS/CD-ROM). 

Saunders BP (writer and presenter). St Mark’s Hospital, 2003.

Arebi N, Suzuki N, Saunders BP. Dysplasia in UC (DVD).

Arebi N, Suzuki N, Saunders BP. St Mark’s Hospital, 2005.


Web-based professional guidelines (accessed 29 June 2010)

BSG Guideline for informed consent for endoscopic procedures - www.bsg.org.uk/pdf_word_docs/consent.pdf

BSG Guideline on safety and sedation for endoscopic procedures - www.bsg.org.uk/pdf_word_docs/sedation.doc

BSG Antibiotic prophylaxis in gastrointestinal endoscopy - www.bsg.org.uk/pdf_word_docs/prophylaxis2001.pdf

ASGE Guideline on the management of anticoagulation and antiplatelet therapy for endoscopic procedures - www.asge.org/WorkArea/showcontent.aspx?id=7142

BSG Guideline for the management of inflammatory bowel disease - www.bsg.org.uk/pdf_word_docs/ibd.pdf

Guidelines for colorectal cancer screening and surveillance in moderate and high risk groups (update from 2002) -  www.bsg.org.uk/images/stories/docs/clinical/guidelines/endoscopy/ccs_10.pdf

BSG Guideline for screening and surveillance of asymptomatic colorectal cancer in patients with IBD - www.bsg.org.uk/pdf_word_docs/ccs4.pdf

NICE Referral guidelines for suspected cancer www.nice.org.uk/guidance/index.jsp?action=byID&r=true&o=10968