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Dr Richard J Robinson

Dr Richard J Robinson

Consultant Gastroenterologist
BSc, MBBS, MD, FRCP

Practising at

Spire Leicester Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Richard J Robinson at Spire include:

Gastroenterology

Other treatments

  • Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy

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Professional profile

I have been a consultant gastroenterologist in Leicester since 1998. I specialise in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy and am an advanced colonoscopist for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. I established the Leicester Endoscopy Training Centre in 2004 and teach basic and advanced endoscopic skills to trainees and consultants from around the UK. My other clinical interests are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and I am lead clinician for inflammatory bowel disease.

I am a general gastroenterologist with specific interests in endoscopy and inflammatory bowel disease. I am experienced in the diagnosis and management of all common GI disorders including irritable bowel syndrome, gastro-esophageal reflux, coeliac disease etc and all aspects of diagnostic and therapeutic upper and lower GI endoscopy.

I have a major interest in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy regularly performing large numbers of procedures every year. For example, in 2014 in my NHS practice I supervised or performed 1471 endoscopic procedures (544 upper, 307 Colons and 620 flexible sigmoidoscopies).

In addition I annually perform more than 250 colonoscopies on the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme where key performance indicators (KPI) are independently assessed. My completion rate (97.5 v 90%), mean withdrawal time (12 v 6 mins) and polyp retrieval (96.9 v 90%) all exceed national standards. More than 90% of my patients experience no or only mild/moderate pain. Detection of polyps (ADR) is the most clinically relevant measure of high quality endoscopy since it is associated with a low rate of future cancer. My ADR last year was 53.6%; this significantly exceeds the national target of 40%.

I am Director of the University of Leicester Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. In 2004 I established the Leicester Endoscopy Training Centre. I continue to teach on basic and advanced endoscopy courses and am an invited faculty member at the National Endosocopy Training Centre in St Marks Hospital, London.

I am honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester.

In the last few years I have received funding from the British Society of Gastroenterology and the Midlands Gastroenterology Society to establish links with a hospital in Accra, Ghana, on the Ghana Endoscopy Project. In our two visits to date, we have run basic endoscopy courses for both doctors and nurses to improve the quality of endoscopy. We are training some of their more senior doctors in advanced techniques and are establishing a formal training programme for the trainees.


Clinical Interests

Gastroenterology
Bowel disease
Colonoscopy
Endoscopy
Inflammatory bowel disease
Gastrointestinal cancer
Motility disorder

Upper and lower diagnostic and therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopy, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease.

Private contact details

Telephone 0116 265 3685
Private secretary Jill Halfpenny
Private secretary telephone 07982 301410
Private secretary fax 0116 256 3422
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Qualification and professional memberships

BSc, MBBS / St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College of Medicine, University of London. / 1989
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

MD / University of Leicester / 1998
Terminal degree in Osteoporosis in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

FRCP / Royal College of Physicians London / 1999
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians London


Professional memberships

British Society of Gastroenterology
Royal College of Physicians
Midland Gastroenterological Society
British Medical Association


Professional leadership

I am Clinical Director of the University of Leicester Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. In this role, I am responsible for overseeing flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy screening for the population of Leicestershire.

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Gastroenterologist, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Leicester

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Personal Profile

I have two children who are both at university. Although I no longer play, I am a rugby enthusiast and Leicester Tigers fan. I still enjoy keeping fit by cycling, running and regular dog walks. Other interests include sailing, skiing and socialising with friends. One day I will have the time to take up golf and learn how to fly fish.

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