Endoscopic non-technical skills team training: the next step in quality assurance of endoscopy training

World J Gastroenterol. 2014 Dec 14;20(46):17507-15. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v20.i46.17507.


Aim: To investigate whether novel, non-technical skills training for Bowel Cancer Screening (BCS) endoscopy teams enhanced patient safety knowledge and attitudes.

Methods: A novel endoscopy team training intervention for BCS teams was developed and evaluated as a pre-post intervention study. Four multi-disciplinary BCS teams constituting BCS endoscopist(s), specialist screening practitioners, endoscopy nurses and administrative staff (A) from English BCS training centres participated. No patients were involved in this study. Expert multidisciplinary faculty delivered a single day's training utilising real clinical examples. Pre and post-course evaluation comprised participants' patient safety awareness, attitudes, and knowledge. Global course evaluations were also collected.

Results: Twenty-three participants attended and their patient safety knowledge improved significantly from 43%-55% (P ≤ 0.001) following the training intervention. 12/41 (29%) of the safety attitudes items significantly improved in the areas of perceived patient safety knowledge and awareness. The remaining safety attitude items: perceived influence on patient safety, attitudes towards error management, error management actions and personal views following an error were unchanged following training. Both qualitative and quantitative global course evaluations were positive: 21/23 (91%) participants strongly agreed/agreed that they were satisfied with the course. Qualitative evaluation included mandating such training for endoscopy teams outside BCS and incorporating team training within wider endoscopy training. Limitations of the study include no measure of increased patient safety in clinical practice following training.

Conclusion: A novel comprehensive training package addressing patient safety, non-technical skills and adverse event analysis was successful in improving multi-disciplinary teams' knowledge and safety attitudes.

Keywords: Adverse events; Bowel cancer screening; Endoscopy Training; Patient safety; Teamwork.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Awareness
  • Colonoscopy / adverse effects
  • Colonoscopy / education*
  • Colonoscopy / standards
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Curriculum
  • England
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training* / standards
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Male
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Care Team* / standards
  • Patient Safety
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care* / standards
  • Quality Improvement
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care* / standards
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors