Organising the assessment

Booking an assessment date

Once candidates have completed their application and have taken and passed their MCQ (which can be done in the candidates' local screening centre), they will be contacted by a member of the JAG team to arrange their colonoscopy assessment date. 

Candidates will be offered assessment dates on a first come, first served basis. 

Once an assessment date has been confirmed, withdrawal by the candidate with less than 8 weeks’ notice will render the candidate liable to the assessment fee quoted at the time of booking. If the minimum number of candidates required to make an assessment day viable is not reached, the assessment day may be cancelled. If this occurs, a minimum of 8 weeks’ notice of assessment cancellation will be given to the candidate. In these circumstances the candidate will be offered the next available assessment date.

COVID-19 impact

Due to COVID-19 a number of assessments needed to be cancelled and, as a result, there is increased demand for assessment dates. If an individual needs to be prioritised for an assessment, this should be discussed by the screening centre, commissioners and regional SQAS teams to understand the specific reasons.

Regional Screening Quality Assurance Service (SQAS) should then make the recommendation to national SQAS who will contact the JAG team. JAG will only take instructions to prioritise a candidate from the national SQAS team at PHE.

Accreditation assessments for screening colonoscopy are available though bowel Scope accreditation is not being offered until further notice.

Assessment centres

Colonoscopy assessments take place at the centres below. We are working with other screening centres to increase this number and to give a better geographic spread.

Gloucestershire - Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS foundation trust

Leicester - University of Leicester Hospitals

Liverpool - Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

London - St George’s Hospital

London - St Mark’s Hospital

Sheffield - Northern General Hospital

Southampton - University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Torquay - Torbay Hospital

Wolverhampton - New Cross Hospital

All assessment centres have Olympus equipment. Candidates currently using other equipment are advised to familiarise themselves with Olympus equipment before their assessment. 

Each assessment centre has a local coordinator who organises the assessment days. If you require further information regarding the specifics of the assessment, you should contact the assessment centre directly.