Dr Sanchoy Sarkar
Consultant Endoscopist and Gastroenterologist
FRCP, PhD, MBChB, BSc (Hons)
I have been a Consultant Gastroenterologist for over 11 years. I specialise in endoscopy, both diagnostic and therapeutic. This includes gastroscopy, colonoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound and ERCP. I am an accredited bowel cancer screening colonoscopist. I also have a large tertiary practice for endoscopy and upper GI disease. I perform over 1,000 specialist endoscopic procedures per year. I have a large tertiary practice for complex and therapeutic endoscopy. My performance indicator is one of the best in the UK.
I am currently a consultant endoscopist and endoscopy lead at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and clinical director of bowel cancer screening in Liverpool and Wirral. This is one of the most prestigious departments for gastroenterology in the UK, and one of only three national endoscopy training centres in the UK. I have a tertiary referral practice as a therapeutic endoscopist and bowel cancer screening colonoscopist. My skills include upper GI advanced therapeutics, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), ERCP and advanced colonoscopy including level 4 polypectomy/EMR and colonic stenting. I am one of the few endoscopists that can perform confocal micro laser endoscopy in the UK.
I'm director of endoscopy at the Royal Liverpool and clinical director of Liverpool and Wirral bowel screening. I'm the deputy programme director for gastroenterology training in Mersey deanery for junior doctors (specialist registrars). I am a senior lecturer at Liverpool University. I am a national endoscopy trainer as a faculty member of the Mersey School of Endoscopy (which is one of three national training centres in the UK).
I have been endoscopy lead in two of the busiest endoscopy units in the UK, initially at Aintree Hospital (I perform over 18,000 procedures per annum) for five years and now at the Royal Liverpool Hospital (I perform over 15,000 procedures per annum) in the last six years. During this time I have embraced developing services and new ways of working including developing direct to test with PCTs (direct access flexible sigmoidoscopy), one stop endoscopic diagnosis/intervention for bile duct stones (EUS/ERCP combined lists), use of Entonox as alternative analgesia for lower GI investigations, three session and weekend endoscopy working without waiting list initiatives, endoscopist of the day, regional colonic endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) service, pre-printed consent forms, revamping in-patient endoscopy services, electronic endoscopy referral and vetting system and nurse practitioner led colonoscopy surveillance service to name but a few.
I am a core member gastroenterologist of the regional upper GI cancer MDT. I run a specialist clinic in upper GI disease and motility disorders including unresponsive dyspepsia, non-cardiac chest pain and oesophageal motility disorders. I ran a specialist liver clinic whilst at Aintree Hospital and am an experienced endoscopist in managing complex hepatobiliary pancreatic cases with ERCP and EUS. I also set up the first multidisciplinary IBD clinic at Aintree. I am one of only 10 Lead JAG assessors appointed by the RCP in April 2014. This is to lead a team of assessors on CQC standard inspection endoscopy units within the UK that seek JAG accreditation. I am also the clinical director of Liverpool and Wirral bowel cancer screening centre and responsible for delivering colonoscopy and bowel scope screening for a catchment population of over 800,000.
Teaching and training is very high on my agenda as a faculty member of the Mersey School of Endoscopy and the deputy programme director for gastroenterology training in Merseyside and Cheshire. I am an accredited mentor for new consultants within the trust with the mentorship IML level 3 certification.
I have experience of how other endoscopy units function, by visiting numerous endoscopy units worldwide either as a JAG assessor or by invitation. This knowledge has served crucial when working with our development team in designing two endoscopy units for our new hospital. I always strive to pioneer new developments in endoscopy, including new techniques such as confocal laser microendoscopy. I am extremely organised (and still in charge of the consultant rota), enthusiastic and focused in whatever I engage in. I believe that it is important to lead by example, work hard, learn from others, share practice and embrace team work.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Sanchoy Sarkar at Spire include:
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MBChB / Manchester University / 1993
Medical Degree- Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery
BSc (Hons) / Manchester University / 1995
MRCP / Royal College of Physicians / 1996
Member of the Royal College of Physicians
Ph.D / Manchester University / 2000
CCST / North-West Deanery / 2003
Certification of Specialist Training in Gastroenterology & General Internal Medicine
FRCP / Royal College of Physicians / 2008
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
Fellow of Royal College of Physicians
European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE)
American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE)
British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG)
Clinical Director- Liverpool & Wirral Bowel Screening Services
Deputy Programme Director for Gastroenterology- Mersey Deanery
Lead JAG Assessor - Royal College of Physicians
I have a strong research background with PhD and BSc in physiology and pain mechanisms. I've published over 40 peer reviewed papers and over 100 abstracts at scientific meetings. Endoscopy quality, safety, good patient outcomes and experience has always been a focus in my work. I have guided two endoscopy units from different trusts through successful A* JAG visits (2005 with Aintree and 2010 with Royal Liverpool) for accreditation of the endoscopy unit for training and service. This included raising standards in the global rating scale from bottom to the top scores in patient experience, patient outcomes, patient access, workforce planning, training and timeliness. In addition, I have published extensively in service re-design, development, patient experience and outcomes.
New techniques and technologies to Improve Adenoma Detection Rate: World Journal of Endoscopy: 2015;7:969–80
Colonoscopy Performance is stable during the course of an extended three session working day. Endoscopy International Open. 2015 Oct;3(5):E494-500
The five year outcome of patients having incomplete colonoscopy. Colorectal Disease 2015 Apr;17(4):298-303
The in-patient Liaison Nurse role in Endoscopy: Gastrointestinal Nurse; 2014: 12 (10)
Optimising faecal occult blood screening: retrospective analysis of NHS Bowel Cancer Screening data to improve the screening algorithm. Br J Cancer. 2014 Nov 25;111(11):2156-62
Endoscopic balloon dilatation of Crohn's disease strictures: results from a large United kingdom series: Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2014 Feb;20(2):265-70
National Survey to determine current practices, training and attitudes towards advanced polypectomy in he UK: Frontline Gastroenterol 2015: 6: 83-93
How can we Improve Adenoma Detection Rate. Current Colorectal Cancer Reports. A. Bond & S. Sarkar. 2016. P1-9
Management Of Large Bowel Obstruction With Self-Expanding Metal Stents. A Multicentre Study Of Factors Determining Outcome. Colorectal Dis. 2014 Jun;16(6):476-83
Incidence of Post-ERCP Pancreatitis From Direct Pancreatic Juice Collection in Hereditary Pancreatitis and Familial Pancreatic Cancer Before and After the Introduction of Prophylactic Pancreatic Stents and Rectal Diclofenac. Pancreas. 2015 Mar;44(2):260-5
Colonic Stenting: A Practical Update. Frontline Gastroenterol 2013;4:219-226
Consultant Endoscopist and Gastroenterologist, Royal Liverpool University Hospital.