Gastroenterology Work Programmes

Education

STPN Gastroenterology Education evenings are held quarterly and are hosted by a different trust from the network. If you would like to submit a case to present at one of these sessions please contacts us.  

The constipation task and finish group is collating resources on constipation care for patients and families, primary care and secondary/ tertiary care clinicians.

We will be holding quarterly complex IBD case discussions, these will be held quarterly with a rotating chair with the host hospital moderating these discussions. Outcomes are not clinically binding but aim to enrich learning and guide clinical decision making.  If you would like to submit a case to present at one of these sessions please contact us.  

Covid-19 Digital Passport

The STPN encourages the use of the Covid-19 digital passport to make it easier for clinicians to increase their exposure to different procedures undertaken outside of their hospital and facilitate outreach clinics. We hope that this will improve clinical confidence across the region.

The Digital Staff Passports will limit the administrative burden of participating in these activities across the trusts within the network. More information can be found: https://beta.staffpassports.nhs.uk/

Referral Pathways

The Gastroenterology working group has identified the referral pathways across the region as one of their priorities to address:

Case for change:

  • To ensure that children are treated as close to home as possible
  • To ensure that we understand the capacity across the region and that the referral pathways reflect this
  • To ensure that there is clarity over which centre retains responsibility for the named child’s Gastroenterology care
  • To create a clear plan for “tertiary to tertiary” referrals
  • To prevent children requiring multiple assessments at different centres
  • To ensure there is clarity for clinicians across the region for where they should refer children under each circumstance.

The network will formalise these pathways to ensure that they are both clinically and geographically appropriate.

Constipation Care

The Gastroenterology working group have established a constipation task and finish group, with multi-disciplinary attendance, to identify the improvements required for constipation care across the region.

The group will focus on:

1.  Understanding current constipation care through the analysis of data

2.  Utilise this data to develop an ideal model of care for constipation cross the region

3.  Develop agreed clinical standards for constipation treatment across the region

4.  Collating educational resources for patients and families, primary care and secondary/ tertiary care clinicians.