Aim: In order to develop its education agenda, the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI) sought the opinion of its members on current coloproctology training needs. The aims of this study were to canvass multidisciplinary 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 1453 colorectal healthcare professionals [ACPGBI membership (1173), colorectal nurse specialists and allied health professionals (NAHPs) (261) and regional chapter-leads (19)] seeking their needs, experiences and barriers to training across the coloproctology disciplines.
Results: In all, 390 responses were received [26.8% overall; 180 consultants/trainees (15%); 196 NAHPs (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. NAHPs 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.
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