Specialist associations and interest groups

Broaden your professional network through ACPGBI sister organisations and research initiatives, and other associations, societies and institutes.

ACPGBI sister organisations

Association of Coloproctology Nurses (ACPN)

ACPN is dedicated to supporting the professional development and education of nurses and allied health professionals specialising in any area of coloproctology.

Bowel Disease Research Foundation (BDRF)

BDRF which funds practically-oriented research across Great Britain and Ireland, aiming to increase understanding while delivering direct and demonstrable improvements in the treatment of and survival rates for people with bowel disease.

The Dukes’ Club

Colorectal surgical registrars (trainees) have their own group known as The Dukes’ Club. They have an active membership with regular meetings several times per year.

The Pelvic Floor Society

Funded by members with an interest in the pelvic floor from a broad range of health specialisms, the society provides a forum for members and an information interchange. It also supports trials, sets and monitors standards, organises and funds fellowships and develops educational initiatives.


ACPGBI collaborative research projects

Ileal Pouch Registry

The aim of the Ileal Pouch Registry is to improve standards in ileal pouch surgery through a process of continuous national audit of activity and outcome using an observational registry.

International Colorectal Stent Registry

Aims to collect individual patient records and track these procedures as a bridge to surgery and for palliative care. It will be used to report on the use of colorectal stents for the treatment of lower bowel obstruction due to colonic malignancies.

National Bowel Cancer Audit (NBOCA)

Run jointly by ACPGBI and the NHS Information Centre, NBOCA is the most up to date information from England and Wales on the care and outcomes of colorectal cancer patients.


Other medical associations and societies

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS)

ASCRS is the main society for colon and rectal surgeons in the USA. It advances and promotes the science and practice of the treatment of patients with colorectal conditions.

Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland (ALSGBI)

ALSGBI fosters developments in laparoscopic surgery, provides a structure for training and promotes educational and academic objectives.

Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT)

ASiT is an independent professional body which works to promote the highest standards in surgical training. Members come from all ten surgical specialties.

Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland (ASGBI)

ASGBI represents all surgeons involved in the general surgical care of patients, from training to consultant practice.

Association of Upper GI Surgeons (AUGIS)

AUGIS focuses on high quality training programmes throughout the UK, aiming to improve the surgical treatment of conditions of the oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, pancreas, liver and biliary tract.

British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG)

BSG promotes the development of gastroenterology within the UK. Its members are physicians, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, scientists, nurses, dietitians, and others interested in the field.

British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (BSGAR)

BSGAR is a special interest group of the Royal College of Radiologists and provides a forum for imaging, intervention and research in the care of patients with abdominal disease.

European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP)

ESCP is a membership organisation dedicated to promoting and advancing the science, knowledge and practice of coloproctology in Europe. It organises multi-disciplinary clinical events and focuses on training, standards and accreditation.

The Royal Society of Medicine

One of the UK’s major providers of postgraduate medical education. The Society promotes an exchange of information and ideas on the science, practice and organisation of medicine.


Medical institutes

National Institute for Health and Excellence (NICE)

Offers evidence-based guidance and other products to help resolve uncertainty about which medicines, treatments, procedures and devices represent the best quality care and which offer the best value for money for the NHS. Also produces public health guidance. Register for NICE alerts on their website.

St Mark’s Academic Institute

Centre of education and research at St Mark’s Hospital, the only specialist bowel hospital in the UK. Has a programme of postgraduate courses in intestinal and colorectal disease. Videos, course presentations and talks are available to view online.