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.

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. 

Colorectal cancer study days

Register for our 2017 study day in London on 11 July- An essential update in early diagnosis, screening, treatment and survivorship

 “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

Support for people with learning disabilities 

We know that people with a learning disability generally have poorer health and are more likely to die at a younger age than the general population. People with a learning disability are also less likely to take part in cancer screening.


To try and increase support for people with learning disabilities, we developed a ‘Good bowel health and bowel screening’ train the trainer programme in partnership with the North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network.

The programme aims to educate trainers to cascade information about bowel health and bowel cancer screening to health professionals, carers, families and people with learning disabilities.

As part of the training programme, we developed a resource pack which includes two easy read booklets about bowel health and bowel screening in England and a carers guide.

For more information about training and to order a resource pack contact or call 020 7940 1776


We are also working with NHS Scotland to update our award-winning Scotland specific bowel health and bowel cancer screening booklets for people with learning disabilities and their carers. The current versions of the booklets are under review, for more information please contact or call 0131 281 7351 

A new screening test will be introduced in Scotland later this year, and our new booklets will support people with learning disabilities and their carers to understand and use the new test.

We will also be delivering training to professionals in Scotland to help people with learning disabilities take part. For more information contact

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, call 0207 940 1760 or email