The National Training Programme (NTP) in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery (LCS) is funded by the Cancer Action Team at the Department of Health to provide LCS training for colorectal consultants in England.

It was devised in 2007 to implement the 2006 NICE guidelines that state that laparoscopic (including laparoscopically assisted) resection is recommended as an alternative to open resection for individuals with colorectal cancer in whom both laparoscopic and open surgery are considered suitable. The guidance was waived in 2006 due to the lack of trained surgeons and this waiver is due for review in September 2009.