Developing a National Colorectal Educational Agenda: a survey of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland

N. K. Francis (Lead / Corresponding author), N. J. Curtis, C. Weegenaar, G. Thorpe, K. Keogh, J. Grainger, J. Wheeler, S. R. Brown, Robert Steele, P. Dawson, ACPGBI Education and Training Committee

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    Aim: In order to develop its education agenda, the ACPGBI sought the opinion of its members on current coloproctology training needs. The aims of this study were to canvass multi-disciplinary needs and explore the perceived gaps and barriers to meeting them.

    Method: A learner needs analysis was performed between July 2015 and October 2016. A bespoke electronic survey was sent to 1,453 colorectal health care professionals (ACPGBI membership (1,173), colorectal nurse specialists and allied health professionals (NAHP) (261) and regional chapter-leads (19)) seeking their needs, experiences and barriers to training across the coloproctology disciplines.

    Results: 390 responses were received (26.8% overall; 180 consultants/trainees (15%); 196 NAHP (75%); 14 (74%) chapter-leads). Lack of funding and difficulties in obtaining study leave were the most frequently reported barriers to course and conference attendance. Transanal total mesorectal excision and laparoscopic training were the top educational needs for consultants and trainees respectively. 79% of NAHP respondents reported education gaps on a broad range of clinical and non-clinical topics. NAHP lacked information on relevant training opportunities and 27% felt available courses were insufficient to meet their educational needs. Wide heterogeneity in ACPGBI chapter composition and activity was reported. All groups felt the ACPGBI should increase the number of courses offered with coloproctology knowledge updates commonly requested.

    Conclusion: A series of training needs across the coloproctology disciplines have been identified. These will underpin the development of the educational agenda for the ACPGBI.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)68-73
    Number of pages6
    JournalColorectal Disease
    Issue number1
    Early online date6 Jul 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2018


    • ACPGBI
    • coloproctology
    • education
    • needs
    • survey
    • training

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Gastroenterology


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