Accelerated Non-Medical Endoscopist Training Programme – Year 1 Evaluation (Report to Health Education England)

Tuesday 20 June 2017


The Office for Public Management (OPM) was commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) to conduct an evaluation of the Non-Medical Endoscopist (NME) accelerated training pilot. The NME training pilot aimed to recruit and successfully train 40 NMEs across two cohorts. The first cohort started the programme in late January 2016 and the second cohort started the programme in mid-April 2016.

The evaluation aimed to produce both formative and summative findings about the impact and effectiveness of the training pilot. The evaluation activities consisted of:

  • A literature review to understand training outcomes and process learnings from comparable training programmes.
  • Interviews with trainees, their supervisors and their mentors from across the two cohorts.
  • A survey of Cohort 1 trainees and supervisors and mentors following completion of the NME programme.
  • Face-to-face interviews with a sample of patients who received an endoscopy from a NME trainee.
  • Analysis of management information and training data.
  • Observation at various programme activities, including the second selection day in London, two of the taught study days held in London and Liverpool and a Basic Skills Course.
  • Ongoing interviews with programme Faculty members and stakeholders involved in developing and overseeing the programme.