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Bowel Cancer Screening Programme accreditation

The Screening Assessment and Accreditation System (SAAS) facilitates the assessment of endoscopists who apply to work in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP).

To ensure endoscopists working within the programme are of a consistently high standard, all endoscopists must be accredited. On behalf of the NHS, JAG provide the quality assurance and administration of BCSP accreditation. Full details of the accreditation process and standards can be found in the guidelines in the Downloads tab.

Bowel Cancer Screening programme

The BCSP aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage (in people with no symptoms), when treatment is more likely to be effective. The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening has two programmes:

Colonoscopy: offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60-74. People in the invitation age range are automatically sent an invitation, then their screening kit to collect a sample. If the sample is positive the individual will be invited to have a colonoscopy procedure.

Bowel Scope: is a one-off test offered to men and women at the age of 55. Bowel scope screening uses a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera on the end to look at the large bowel.

For further information on the programme please visit Public Health England’s website.

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