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Association of Coloproctology Announces New President

22 June 2011

The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland council has today announced Nigel Scott, a Colorectal Surgeon at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust, is to take up the role of President of the Association of Coloproctology (ACP) from 23 June 2011.

Nigel trained as a surgeon both in the UK and at the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, USA. He has worked in the NHS for 32 years – 19 as a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon. As well as being Chair of the ACP Education Committee responsible for the first Colorectal Syllabus, he was ACP Honorary Secretary from 2005 to 2008. Among the areas he is seeking to focus on during his Presidency are:

  • improving outcomes after bowel cancer surgery, using the National Bowel Cancer Audit Project (NBOCAP)
  • progressing improvements in the multi-professional care of patients with Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
  • promoting awareness and access for bowel control problems
  • advancing GMC recognition of specialised Colorectal Surgeons

Nigel Scott, said:

“We all know that bottoms and bowels are the ultimate taboo because many people find these things embarrassing and private. But things can go wrong and early diagnosis is an important step to effective treatment of conditions like Colon Polyps, Bowel Cancer, Diverticular Disease, Crohns disease and Colitis as well as Haemorrhoids and other bottom complaints. So if you have a problem, don’t lock yourself away and worry behind the bathroom door – the NHS has specialist ACP surgeons, doctors and nurses who understand these problems and are trained and equipped to sort them out.”

Sean Hughes, Medical Director for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Nigel is an exceptional surgeon and we are delighted that his expertise is being recognised by the Association of Coloproctology with this prestigious appointment. He has already made a significant contribution to the advancement of treatment and care for patients with bowel problems and this role will enable him continue this work to improve health outcomes and raise awareness of these conditions.”

Lynn Faulds Wood, Broadcaster, Chair of Patients Association and survivor of advanced bowel cancer said:

"I first met Nigel Scott 12 years ago and he stood out as a rising star in the profession. My survival is due partly to luck, partly to a great surgeon who did audit and could prove good outcomes for patients. I’m President of the Multidisciplinary Team coordinators forum and sit on key professional committees helping to improve practice. I look forward to working with the new President in raising awareness and saving lives – it’s a great appointment."

The Association represent and trains surgeons and other health professionals working to prevent and treat people with bowel cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, functional bowel disease and incontinence and anal conditions.


Notes to Editors:

  1. The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland is a professional society representing more than 1000 Colon and Rectal specialists dedicated to advancing and promoting the science and practice of the treatment of patients with diseases and disorders affecting the colon, rectum, and anus. It is also known as The Association of Bowel Specialists.
  2. The Royal College of Surgeons of England is committed to enabling surgeons to achieve and maintain the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care. Registered charity number: 212808. For more information please visit
  3. NBOCAP - The National Bowel Cancer Audit Project is a high profile, collaborative, national clinical audit for bowel cancer run jointly by The NHS Information Centre and the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (ACPGBI).
  4. If you have any queries please contact:

Matthew Worrall – Email:; T: 020 7869 6047
Elaine Towell – Email:; T: 020 7869 6045
Heather Casey - Email:; T: 020 7869 6042
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