General description of the work Consultant Gastroenterologists undertake

The Consultant Gastroenterologist is a doctor specialising in diseases and disorders of the gastro–intestinal tract (the gut or bowel). He/She deals with illnesses such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease, oesophageal varices, malabsorbtion syndromes, gastric and duodenal ulcers as well as cancers of the gastro–intestinal tract (stomach and bowel cancer).

The Consultant Gastroenterologist also deals with diseases of the liver such as hepatitis and liver failure.

Most common clinical areas / procedures leading to a claim of clinical negligence

  • The diagnoses and management of bowel cancer, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or liver disease.
  • Problems with colonoscopy or endoscopy or ERCP procedures.
  • Problems and side effects of medication for bowel disorders

Sub–Specialities / Alternative and Additional job titles

The Consultant Gastroenterologist may be known as a Consultant Physician with a special interest in Gastroenterology. He/She may be known as a GIT Consultant or a Bowel Specialist.

Usual Qualifications

The Consultant Gastroenterologist will usually have MRCP or FRCP (Membership or Fellowship of one of the Royal Colleges of Physicians).

Academic Appointments

The Consultant Gastroenterologist may be a Lecturer or Professor in Medicine or in Gastroenterology at a Medical School. He/She may be an Examiner for one of the Royal Colleges of Physicians.