Educational tutors for coloproctology

Providing educational opportunities for our membership is a key part of our work. So, in March 2015 we appointed our first coloproctology tutors, Nader Francis and his deputy Patricia Boorman. The core aim of these posts is to develop our educational portfolio.


The objectives of this initiative are:

  • Collaboration with the ACPGBI’s Education and Training Committee to provide a cohesive and informed educational approach for coloproctology.
  • Consultation with ACPGBI’s membership, through a Delphi exercise, to assess the educational requirements within coloproctology across all grades (trainee surgeons, consultant surgeons, nurses and allied healthcare professionals) so that education is tailored to their respective needs.
  • Establishment of a formal and structured relationship with the healthcare industry, and other educational stakeholders, such as the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, deaneries, industry and course providers to support training and education and facilitate the provision of basic and essential training in coloproctology.
  • Development and delivery of high quality educational courses on behalf of the ACPGBI to meet specific learning needs, within agreed budgets.
  • Engagement with clinical leads of existing coloproctology courses, such as the ‘Motorway’ courses, to offer support and potentially facilitate the on-going management of such events.
  • Development a robust system of quality assurance, and continuing professional development (CPD) approval systems for the educational activities that are endorsed by the ACPGBI to ensure that all educational activities meet modern educational criteria.

Current tutors

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Nader Francis

Nader Francis

Educational Tutor for Coloproctology
Colorectal Surgeon at Yeovil District Hospital
Vesting Professor at University of Bath

Nader Francis is a laparoscopic colorectal surgeon with national and an international profile and reputation that attract patients from beyond the region. He is committed to minimal access surgery and enhanced recovery and continues to improve patient experience through an excellent relationship with the whole multi-disciplinary team. In addition to fostering this locally he has worked to promote the spread and adoption of enhanced recovery nationally through Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS-UK) society, which he chairs.

Nader is passionate about education and training in health care and has an educational PhD in surgical skills assessment in laparoscopic surgery which underpinned his national role as a trainer and educational lead in the field. Nader leads Surgery and Colorectal Cancer at the South West Peninsulas Clinical Research Network and his current research activities include education and translational research in colorectal cancer surgery and perioperative care.

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Patricia Boorman

Patricia Boorman

Deputy Educational Tutor for Coloproctology
Colorectal Surgeon at Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

Much of Trish’s training took place in London at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ hospitals. Trish was awarded an MD thesis from the University of London for her research into colonic motility supervised by Professor Sir James Black.

Appointed Consultant General Surgeon with a specialist interest in coloproctology to the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust in 2006, her practice includes diagnosis and surgery for colorectal cancer. She has a special interest in pelvic floor dysfunction.

Trish is passionate and dedicated to quality training. Having previously been a college tutor and subsequently training programme director for the South West Peninsula Deanery she is now a liaison member for the JCST specialist advisory committee. She has been involved in national selection and is on the board of examiners for the MRCS. Most recently she has taken on the role of guardian of safe working.