Help us to stop bowel cancer

Our training and education

Our training and education programmes equip healthcare professionals with the confidence to spread awareness messages and the knowledge and skills to support their professional practice. We run four programmes led by our health promotion and training team, suitable for a variety of audiences.

Bowel health and screening workshop

“An excellent and really informative workshop which was very well presented. I came away with extremely valuable information”.

This half-day interactive workshop provides detailed information on bowel cancer signs and symptoms, risk factors and the screening programme. This is suited for a variety of audiences who require more in-depth knowledge, including health promotion volunteers, health trainers and NHS Health Improvement teams. The workshop is ideal for groups of four to seven people and there is a small fee.

Bowel health and screening training

“Very well presented and interesting, with a wonderful pace. A whole day ensured it wasn’t too rushed with fabulous presentations. A highly informative training session – I learnt so much more than I expected”. 

This one day training course is designed for NHS Health Improvement teams, occupational health staff, outreach workers, health trainers, pharmacists, and other multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals who require an in-depth knowledge bowel cancer. The course covers health inequalities, bowel cancer symptoms and risk factors, as well as overcoming barriers to bowel cancer screening. This training is for groups of 8 - 16 delegates. 

For charitable organisations with an income of £1million or less, we offer a discounted rate of 25% on all training places.

Colorectal cancer study days

 “Very worthwhile study day. Came away with a lot of new knowledge that I have passed onto colleagues but have also discussed with my patients.”

Our colorectal study days are designed for practitioners caring for people affected by colorectal cancer in primary and secondary care settings. These study days are free of charge. 

Typical presentations from a wide range of clinical experts include:

  • An update on the NHS bowel cancer screening programme
  • Colorectal cancer risk factors and prevention
  • Assessing symptoms
  • Managing the long term consequences of treatment
  • Advances in surgery for colorectal cancer
  • Genetic conditions and management of people at higher risk of colorectal cancer

Training for professionals working with people with learning disabilities 

We have developed a train the trainer course for professionals who work with people with learning disabilities. 

We’re currently orking with the North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network and recently delivered training to a group of 21 community learning disability and screening staff in Sunderland. The project aims to increase the uptake of screening amongst people with learning disabilities by providing care staff and healthcare professionals with expert training on the screening test and scope screening. The training was very well received with comments such as informative, interesting, useful, helpful, engaging and practical. Evaluation of the event the saw a two-fold increase in the confidence of trainees to explain symptoms and screening to clients. A resource pack will soon be available on our website. 

We’re also working with NHS Scotland to update our award winning Scottish specific booklets for when the new screening test, the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), is introduced to the Scottish screening programme in Autumn 2017. As part of this work we will be delivering training to professionals in Scotland to help people with learning disabilities take part in bowel screening. 


GP study days 

Our GP study days are designed for primary care practitioners and medical students to aid early detection of bowel cancer and to ensure best practice in the diagnosis and management of bowel problems. These study days are free of charge. 

Previous study day evaluation:

  • 93% rated the day extremely or very useful
  • 94% agreed that the day met their expectations
  • “Great to have good entertaining speakers, made sense and gave us something new”
  • “I now refer more accurately”
  • “I have developed a top-tips page that I have sent round to all my colleagues and use it when a patient comes in”

GP study days are accredited by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP).

For more information about any of our training or education, call 0207 940 1760 or email