Dr John Silcock

Consultant Gastroenterologist


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I have been a consultant gastroenterologist and endoscopist for over 20 years following my appointment in 1996. For over ten of those years, I was the director of a regional endoscopy training centre providing a full programme of 'hands-on' training courses for generations of endoscopists in training including medical, surgical and nurse endoscopist trainees.

I am an accredited bowel cancer screening colonoscopist and was, in fact, one of the first cohort of a dozen endoscopists in the country to complete the accreditation process in October 2005 in preparation for the launching of the national bowel cancer screening programme. I have been the clinical director of one of the local programmes caring for a population of over 600,000 since 2010.

My interests are in endoscopy and in endoscopy training.

I perform in excess of 850 endoscopic procedure per year in my current practice. I began endoscopic practice in 1987 and my lifetime experience of colonoscopy is significantly greater than 10 000 procedures.

I am clinical lead for Endoscopy at Spire Washington Hospital and successfully led the unit through our last JAG accreditation visit.


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Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr John Silcock at Spire include:


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Additional information

Bowel disease
Gastrointestinal pathology
Gastrointestinal cancer
Inflammatory bowel disease
Liver disease
Motility disorder

Special Clinical Interests: Therapeutic endoscopy and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatolography (ERCP).

MB BS / University of Newcastle upon Tyne / 1986
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
MB BS are the undergraduate degrees received following the succesful completion of undergrduate training at medical school. MRCP and then FRCP are the Postgraduate specialist qualifications required for consultant status.

FRCP / Royal College of Physicians / 1986
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Professional memberships

Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom

British Society of Gastroenterology

Professional leadership

I am clinical lead for Endoscopy at Spire Washington Hospital
I am also clinical lead for Endoscopy in my NHS practice at CDDFT as well as being Trust Endoscopy training lead and clinical lead for the Bowel Cancer Screening Centre based there


Improved adenoma detection with Endocuff Vision: the ADENOMA randomised controlled trial
January 2018

Consultant Medical Gastroenterologist and Endoscopist, County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust

Apologies if I have scratches on my arms, I am a keen gardener but rest assured I keep my nails short and my hands clean!

I hold no financial interests in either the hospital or Spire healthcare.
Telephone 0191 418 8636
Email info@spirewashington.com
Private secretary Jan
Private secretary fax 0191 4176573
Private secretary email janice.webster@spirehealthcare.com