Programme News

Tuesday 21st September 2010
NTP North West Education Day

The NTP held a laparoscopic education day at The Mayo Building, Salford, Manchester on Tuesday 14th September which was hosted by the North West Training Centre lead by David Watson and Selva Sekar and their respective teams. The programme for this event included an update on the NTP by National Clinical Lead Mark Coleman, followed by a series of technical DVD presentations by NTP trainers.

Newly appointed NTP Trainer Simone Slawik, Consultant presented on 'Setting up a laparoscopic service'  with her experiences of establishing a laparosopic colorectal team at Aintree, Liverpool.  An informative presentation on the 'Laparoscopic Theatre Set and Teamwork' was provided by Sally Wragg which emphasised the role of all team members in the delivery of efficient patient care within a well managed theatre environment.  Sally will be working with Lapco to develop further supporting guidance with the development of a new dedicated section on the Lapco web site for theatre staff.

The afternoon commenced with a debate between surgeons Marcel Gatt and Ian Jenkins entitled 'Laparoscopic Surgery is no better than open surgery in an Enhanced Recovery Programme (ERAS?).  The session was mediated by Mark Coleman, and produced an interesting hour of debate and discussion, with data presentations from a cross section of enhanced recovery studies including early feedback from the LaFa study. 

The day concluded with presentations from individuals that had received Colorectal Laparoscopic Training including perspectives from SpRs, Fellowship Training, In Reach Training and Training through the National Training Programme.

The North West day attracted 150 delegate registrations, with a cross section of attendees including theatre staff, SpRs and Consultants mainly from around the region.  This was a successful well attended event, and thanks go to the North West team for their support and organisation, along with the industry sponsors who supported this meeting. It is anticipated that the next NTP Education Masterclass day will be held in September 2011, Colchester, further information will be circulated in due course.

Laura Stapleton
NTP Programme Manager