A message from the ACPGBI President, Mr Peter Dawson
Two recent events have caused me to reflect on this year’s achievements by ACPGBI due to the commitment of its members. Firstly a very successful Chapter meeting in SW Thames and secondly the recent Wales invited enquiry. Both events relied entirely on voluntary effort and time devoted to our cause for improving patient care. To underline the level of member engagement in the Association, I have recently published a list of who’s who and what they do in the Association – please see our new list on the website – and you will see how many of you contribute – astonishing!
The Welsh enquiry led by Bob Steele culminated in very productive feedback to our Welsh colleagues, their Cancer Network and the Welsh Office. If our recommendations are followed, then ACPGBI is truly on the way to productive political engagement on behalf of our patients – a key part of our strategic plan.
The recent Chapter meeting in SW Thames saw over 100 delegates. The programme was excellent, the engagement total, including outstanding nursing breakout sessions and extensive networking throughout the day. Learning via superb speakers made this a brilliant day showcasing the ACPGBI at its best. More please! Executive and Council will continue to encourage this grass roots activity and will financially support these meetings. Combining the Chapter meetings with other societies (e.g. RSM) will improve attendance even further. Executive has pledged to attend if at all possible.
Eighty announcements on the website that have occurred during 2016 confirm the Association’s breadth of expertise in Coloproctology. Some outstanding examples include:
- January: Resources in Coloproctology,
- February: Strategic Priorities for ACPGBI
- April: Anastomotic Dehiscence Guidelines
- May: Position Statement on TaTME
- June: Advice on producing Guidelines and Consensus statements
- October: Research and Audit Newsletter
- November: Clinical Outcome Publication
- December: Report on Invited review in Wales
Our Annual meeting in Edinburgh was an outstanding success producing a good financial surplus which will be invested into Association activities.
I look forward to an equally busy productive year in 2017. We will continue to join forces with the Dukes’ Club. We will progress work on co-ownership of our journal Colorectal Disease with the European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP). We will engage with the curriculum agenda for trainees and inform you of the progress of the College redevelopment. Major new initiatives are planned for a national framework in the management of advanced and recurrent colorectal cancer. The SWORD database launch is imminent. The Motorway course is on track to be oversubscribed whilst we further our relationship with patients and the charity sector – an ambitious programme of work.
Collaborative meetings with ASGBI, Tripartite (ASCRS, ESCP, CSSANZ , Royal Australasian College and RSM) are to be relished in addition to the very busy agendas of all our committees. Furthermore our annual meeting in Bournemouth is taking shape with our Scandinavian colleagues and is to be looked forward to particularly for our members who wish to hear different perspectives of our clinical problems and controversies.
All our members work incredibly hard at their day jobs. To do all of this in addition is remarkable. The ACPGBI now has 1200 members and continues to flourish.
It is a time to reflect and celebrate. It is all about you – the members. Your feedback is always welcome and please contact me at President@acpgbi.org.uk
May I wish you and your families a very happy festive season and look forward to another successful year.
Peter Dawson, ACPGBI President, 2016/2017