I love the variety in Endoscopy; you never have two days the same. We do so many different tests that it makes every day really interesting. You could be assisting one of the consultants during a procedure and in the afternoon you could be assisting in recovery.
We assist with upper GI procedures – anyone who has ulcers, or liver problems, we support colonoscopies and bowel screening and support the upper GI campaign, and we assist removing stones in common bile duct and many more therapeutic interventions under X-ray. We also provide support for upper GI bleeds say and night in the unit, in theatre and in the Intensive Care Unit. We have an on-call rota.
I think it’s very different to other wards and departments, because we do nurse-led discharge. You gain a lot of additional skills. You only have a short amount of time to build up trust with your patients. It’s really important that we’re able to do that because of the nature of the procedures we do.
There are a lot of opportunities for development. I’m the lead for ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) which is a procedure which looks at the bile ducts, and have been on a number of courses about it. It’s a really supportive and proactive place to work.