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The Gastroenterology Specialty Delivery Group (SDG) includes nominated representation from all NHS Scotland Boards providing Gastroenterology services.


The group has recently formed and will be looking at how we can implement Active Clinical Referral Triage (ACRT) including Opt-in pathways and Discharge Patient Initiated Review (PIR) and this remains a focus.


The group is working on a number of pathways including:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Reflux
  • Iron Deficiency Anaemia (IDA)
  • Early Detection of Liver Disease
  • Non-Alcohol Related Liver Disease
  • Haemochromatosis


The Gastrenterology Specialty Delivery Group provides a forum for sharing new ways of working in Gastroenterology, for example, the testing of digital care plans for IBD patients which allows them to complete a survey about what matters to them before their appointment. 


We are continuing to develop measurements to ensure these programmes have the desired benefits for our patients. This includes bespoke data capture to support implementation of processes such Active Clinical Referral Triage, Discharge Patient Initiated Review including Opt-in pathways and increased use of the CfSD Heatmap data collection.