Programme News

Thursday 17th September 2009
National Training Programme Overview and Live Masterclass - Basingstoke September 2009
A successful 1 day event was held in early September in Basingstoke by the National Training Programme in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery. The day involved a series of presentations on the approach and feedback to the training progress, along with a master class of live theatre which took place on Tuesday 8th September at Basingstoke.
The event was at its capacity with 65 delegates, which included a balanced mix of National Training Programme trainees, trainers, and potential new entrants to the programme. The audience presented a wide geographical mix of attendees, and there was a broad representation that was a reflection of the interest in the programme and event.
The presentations included an overview of Educational Assessment by Prof George Hanna and Danilo Miskovic from Imperial College, London. This was followed by ‘the trainees perspective’ which was presented by Dan O’Leary who has recently completed the ‘sign off’ of the National Training Programme through the Portsmouth Training Centre.   Chris Cunningham, from Oxford presented on the ‘Trainers Perspective’, which was followed up with an overview of the training progress in Wales from Jared Torkington.
We were delighted to welcome Janine Roberts, and Kerri Houghton from Department of Health who presented on the structure and development of the National Enhanced Recovery Partnership Programme. A number of test sites were identified throughout the Country which will be leading on establishing principles of ‘best practice’ for Colorectal, Muscular Skeletal, Urological and Gynaecological specialism’s.
The afternoon provided a live link theatre masterclass lead in theatre by NTP Trainer Tom Cecil from Basingstoke, with NTP Trainee Panna Patel undertaking elements of the procedure. Interactive questions were lead by Jared Torkington and Ian Jenkins from the seminar room at The Pelican Centre. This provided a unique opportunity for trainees to interact with the trainer and trainee involved in the theatre session, which received extremely positive feedback from all.
Mark Coleman, National Clinical Lead comments, ‘We were delighted with this event, and thanks all the speakers, and attendees that made this event so successful. We look forward to holding similar events in other parts of the country in conjunction with the spread of our 10 training centres’.