Nurse specialists are a vital part of the multidisciplinary team, said BSG president professor Chris Hawkey at the end of last month. High-quality care is built around multidisciplinary teams, and specialist nurses are a really key component of these teams, professor Hawkey told a meeting to raise awareness of gastroenterological conditions at 11 Downing Street. Specialist nurses are the interface that patients most value, and they play a predominant role in patient care. Although many hospitals do have them, we want every hospital in the UK to have a nurse specialist, he said. The specialists will be needed to play a key role in delivering six new minimum standards of care for patients with inflammatory bowel disease. The standards have been developed by seven stakeholder organisations including the BSG and the RCN s Crohns and Colitis special interest group. The stakeholder group wants all UK commissioners to implement the standards by October 2010. They include maintaining a patient-centred service, providing patient education and support, and delivering high-quality care to all UK patients with IBD. We want every strategic health authority to be aware of these standards, and all 161 commissioning bodies to adopt these standards of care as the norm for their local community, said professor Hawkey. The call for more specialist nurses was also backed by the National Association for Colitis and Crohns disease , which launched a campaign in 2005 to increase the number of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) nurse specialists. The campaign was started after a NACC survey revealed that just 26% of UK colitis and Crohns patients had the support of an IBD nurse specialist. According to data from the UK IBD national audits, this figure increased quite dramatically to 56% in 2006, and to 62% by 2008. But this still falls short of the number of nurse specialists required to deliver effective patient care, said NACC chief executive Richard Driscoll, who also attended the Downing Street meeting. There has been real progress and real recognition of the value of the IBD nurse specialist, but we still have a long way to go, Mr Driscoll told Nursing Times.
novoGI(TM) Announces Purchase of IP and Collaboration With Leading Gastroenterologist Dr. Christopher Paul Swain
Professor Paul Swain is Professor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy at Imperial College, London University, UK. Professor Swain is widely published in the area of gastroenterology, with over 180 publications on areas such as endoscopy, gastrointestinal bleeding and technical advances and devices for endoscopy. “I am thrilled to be working again with Gavriel Meron and the novoGI development team to provide a unique solution for the growing need for a simpler and safer bariatric surgical procedure,” commented Dr. Swain. “Bariatric surgery often is the best path for resolving obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, and we believe that our innovative solution may significantly improve outcomes and quality of life, thereby becoming the standard of care worldwide.” “We are delighted to be collaborating with Dr. Swain. A prototype has already been successfully tested in pre-clinical studies and we look forward to jointly developing this solution,” said Gavriel D. Meron, President and Chief Executive Officer of novoGI. “We see this agreement as another important step in expanding our offerings in line with our focus on advancing patient care and seeking better outcomes through our comprehensive approach to GI disease management.” About Dr. Christopher Paul Swain Professor Paul Swain trained in Oxford and London University and specialized in gastroenterology, doing his MD on the use of therapeutic endoscopy for the treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding.Subsequent posts included a DHSS-funded Clinical Research Fellowship to study the effect of lasers in gastrointestinal hemorrhage. In 1987, he was appointed as Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Gastroenterology at the Royal London Hospital. In 1999, he was appointed to become Professor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy to London University.In 2003, he moved to Imperial College in London University. Professor Swain has contributed chapters to key clinical textbooks such as the Textbook of Gastroenterology (Ed: T Yamada) and Clinical Gastroenterology, Endoscopy: New Techniques in Diagnosis and Therapy (Ed: H D Allescher and M Classen). He is a named inventor of numerous issued patents of devices for flexible endoscopic gastrointestinal surgery.His work has resulted in a number of postgraduate honors, including the Medal of Padua University, the Medal of the Danish Surgical Society, the Hopkins prize of British Society of Gastroenterology on two separate occasions, the Medal of the University of Rome, the Schindler award of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He contributed to the invention and development of endoscopic sewing devices, the wireless capsule endoscope and new methods and devices for less-invasive surgery including bariatric and laparoscopic surgery. About novoGI novoGI is focused on expanding its range of device driven solutions for GI disease management through a globally branded, high quality, market driven company.