A gastroenterologist from our Trust has been appointed chair of the national body that oversees the quality of endoscopy.
Renowned consultant Professor Matt Rutter will serve as chair of the Joint Advisory Group (JAG) for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
The JAG oversees training for endoscopy in the UK, and carries out accreditation visits of endoscopy centres, averaging more than 500 assessments every year.
Matt’s history with the JAG includes leading regional training courses and accreditation visits to various hospitals and setting up and running its National Endoscopy Database.
Matt, who qualified as a consultant gastroenterologist in 2003, said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the next chair of JAG.
“Throughout my career, JAG has been pivotal in the modernisation of UK endoscopy services and endoscopy training. Despite the many challenges that our specialty faces, both new and old, the UK’s multidisciplinary endoscopy community remains its strongest asset.
“I look forward to working with the JAG team and the endoscopy community at large to help us overcome these challenges and to continue to evolve our services to deliver the highest quality care for our patients and population.”
More than two million endoscopies carried out in the UK every year. And Matt is keen to ensure all practitioners and departments are fit for purpose.
He commented: “Previously, I ran the JAG’s National Endoscopy Database which draws information and statistics from every single procedure. It’s a vital tool to learn more about our discipline to help improve standards and develop new training methods.
“Ultimately this is all for the benefit of patients.”
As chair of the JAG, Matt aims to:
- Improve professionalism within the endoscopy field, moving from a minority specialism to a key part of healthcare
- To continually improve endoscopy practice in the UK
- Review and streamline JAG process to ensure they are suitable for the current medical environment
Deepak Dwarakanath, medical director, said: “The whole Trust wishes Matt all the best in his new role. He’s a fantastic specialist and our patients can only benefit from him adding the chair of the JAG to his portfolio.”
Endoscopy is a flagship service at our Trust, a true speciality of the Teesside-based healthcare provider. Other accolades for the Trust endoscopy team include:
- Becoming the region’s Bowel Cancer Screening Centre
- Dr Chris Wells serving as clinical lead for the Northern Endoscopy Training Academy
- Dr. Vikram Mitra leading one of only two JAG accredited training courses in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
Matt qualified as a doctor in 1993 and has worked with our organisation since 1994. Now he is proud to represent the Trust at this national level.
Matt continued: “We’re at the forefront of endoscopy in the UK.”