In a series of interviews, we will be previewing this year’s ACPGBI annual meeting in Bournemouth, 3-5 July. We talked to Mr Peter Dawson, President of the ACPGBI, who highlighted some of the key sessions, presentations and speakers, as well as encouraging those with an interest in coloproctology to attend the meeting.
“The programme committee wanted, in addition to orthodox topics, lectures and symposia, to include a focus on the effects and consequences (personal and professional) on individuals in delivering care to their patients. In a health service that is under significant financial pressure, trying to provide the same standards of care is becoming increasingly difficult and stressful. There is therefore a plenary session “Schwartz Round’ discussing the emotional and social aspects of working in healthcare – a truly multidisciplinary event. I would encourage everyone to attend this ground-breaking session and to share, listen and reflect upon their experiences.”
“There will be a ‘Medicolegal Symposium’ for healthcare professionals. Delegates will hear from experts in the field concerning: who gets into trouble, when to stop medico legal practice, the fight for justice and a view from the legal profession.”
“We have invited our Scandinavian colleagues to provide a different point of view on treating patients with colorectal conditions, which I hope will stimulate the audience to ask questions and be challenged in their thinking. It will be interesting to compare our processes techniques and outcomes and see if there are any controversies, or indeed consensus, during the discussions and debates.”
“We will also have a session on ‘Emergency Surgery’, hosted by the ASGBI, that will include talks by Tina Gardener and David Nott (OBE), who will present his surgical experience in war zones and how he performs abdominal surgery in hostile circumstances. I believe this session will be educational, enthralling and inspiring.”
There will be parallel sessions on “So you think you know about….. Radiology, Oncology and Pathology?” A whole day is dedicated to Dukes’ Club trainees. Katie Adams, President of the Dukes’ Club – a group that seeks to promote and improve colorectal training in the UK – has put together an excellent programme. There will be presentations from Scandinavian trainees who will give their unique perspectives on training.
Jay Bradbury, Chair of the Association of Coloproctology Nurses, has a superb programme – ‘International Nursing Congress’ – that we hope will attract nursing colleagues from around the UK and abroad from all colorectal disciplines. These sessions will include presentations from Scandinavian nurses and be fascinating to hear about their experiences and what can be achieved in different settings.
Day three of the meeting sees a new session focussing on patients and charities. ACPGBI has invited our patient liaison group (PLG) to host a session on the role of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in research.
“As ever, there will be an exhilarating session on clinical trials, hot topics and research – and without giving too much away – Nicola Fearnhead and the Delphi team have put together a first-class programme that will be presented in a new way! I really hope attendees will stay for the ‘Anastomotic Leak’ session that promises to be of great interest.
The Pelvic Floor Society has produced an outstanding programme including an intriguing symposium entitled ‘Reconstruction of the Anus’. Their plenary contains presentations from world-renowned experts including Peter Christensen’s talk “SNS is it all in the brain?
The IMPACT initiative
One of the ACPGBI’s key initiatives under Mr Dawson’s Presidency will be to look at and develop a national framework on how to manage patients with complex and advanced colorectal cancer. The “Improving Management for Patients with Advanced Colorectal Tumours” (IMPACT) initiative, which will be launched on 17th May this year, is targeted at every patient who has locally advanced or metastatic disease at the time of initial diagnosis, or whom unfortunately later develops local recurrence or metastatic disease after treatment.
“The IMPACT initiative hopes to bring together all stakeholders involved in looking after patients with advanced colorectal cancer, together with patient and charitable representatives, in a coordinated and concerted effort to improve the management of all patients with advanced colorectal cancer,” he explained.
Bournemouth is a wonderful place to have a conference with golden sands and sparkling sea, a variety of shops, restaurants and holiday accommodation. Mr Dawson would encourage delegates to bring their families and enjoy all this vibrant town has to offer.
“As I have written in my introduction to the 2nd Announcement, informality encourages networking and learning, so as we are at Bournemouth by the seaside, hopefully enjoying the warm July weather, suits and ties will be actively discouraged!!”
One of the local organisers, Guy Nash, has arranged access to Golf on Sunday before the Conference. There will be a traditional British fish and chip supper on the Monday evening after the welcome reception. There will be a fun run along the coast on Tuesday before the main conference social event in the Bournemouth pavilion – where we will be hosting an informal July 4th celebration with a BBQ supper and the opportunity to learn some line dancing under the supervision of line dancing professionals “Strait Lines”!
“This meeting is not just learning about tips and trick or gathering the latest results from a trial. We are aiming to present a more inclusive approach to how we as professionals conduct ourselves and how we treat patients. There are elements to our daily practices that we do not think about, so it is important that we come together and share our experiences by networking and hopefully you will leave the meeting feeling renewed and invigorated.”
“We would like to see as many colorectal professionals at the meeting as possible and we are giving away the first 50 registrations to nurses for free. Please make sure you register by Friday 23th June to take advantage of the discounts on offer. We have received a record number of abstracts so there is huge interest in the meeting, and I look forward to welcoming you all to Bournemouth.”
Registration for the meeting is now open!
Register here before the late deadline of Friday 23 June