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ACPGBI and Bowel Research UK host ‘surgical sandpits’ for brainstorming of research ideas. The sandpits later became known as the 'Delphi Games' when they were used to develop ACPGBI’s Delphi research programme.

The first surgical sandpit was held in Sheffield in 2013. The event was arranged by Simon Bach, RCS Colorectal Research Lead, with support from David Jayne and Nicola Fearnhead as facilitators, and attended by 40 consultant and trainee researchers.

Two successful studies have been funded following that event:

  • Dale Vimalachandran’s HiP study
  • James Hernon’s PREPARE-ABC trial.