The National Training Programme for Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery in England: a new training paradigm

Colorectal Dis. 2011 Jun;13(6):614-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1463-1318.2011.02643.x.


Aim: The National Training Programme in laparoscopic colorectal surgery was set up in 2008 to introduce laparoscopic colorectal surgery nationwide in a safe and structured way.

Method: Over 150 consultant surgeons were enrolled; they received regular and supervised hands on training, and the operative outcome and the structured sign-off process were monitored continuously.

Results: Over 1000 training cases have been recorded with clinical outcomes comparable to established experts; 1/3 elective colorectal resections in England are performed laparoscopically.

Conclusion: This successful and novel training model may be a training paradigm for other surgical and interventional specialities.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Colorectal Surgery / education*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / methods*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / organization & administration
  • Educational Measurement / methods
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy / education*
  • Learning Curve
  • United Kingdom