Advancing paediatric surgery through education and research

PCG (UK Paediatric Colorectal Group)

Joe CurryChair

Joe Curry

Consultant Paediatric Surgeon

Great Ormond Street Hospital


  • To improve outcomes for children with colorectal conditions by having a forum where consultants can openly discuss difficult cases, complications, mistakes and issues for consultants to learn from.
  • To collaborate with allied special-interest groups such as clinical nurse specialists, surgical trainees, adult services and patients/patient organisations in order to improve outcomes for children with colorectal conditions.
  • To provide a common voice for UK paediatric colorectal specialists.
  • To foster progress in the care of colorectal conditions through research, education and the sharing of best practice.


  • Currently, we hold meetings twice per year, in tandem with the summer and winter BAPS meetings. The meetings cover discussion of complex cases, important ‘recurrent’ clinical issues, technical tips and basic science.
  • More recently we have begun online meetings, including online journal clubs.
    • Karen Dick (Chair Paediatric Stoma Nurses Group) is helping to ensure that nurses with a special interest in colorectal conditions are aware of the meetings.
    • Felicity Arthur and Hetal Patel are helping ensure that senior trainees with the intention of developing a paediatric colorectal practice have the opportunity to attend.
    • Alexander MacDonald (Chelsea & Westminster), Karen Dick (Chair Paediatric Stoma Nurses Group) and Niyi Ade-Ajayi (Kings College Hospital) have kindly offered to support the IT aspects.



  • Sonia Basson (Manchester),  Joe Curry and Hemanshoo Thakkar (GOSH) have taken the lead in education. They have set up a monthly online journal club.


  • Mike Stanton (Southampton) and Alun Williams will lead on this aspect with suggested areas being the identification priorities for service users and clinical teams and determining how collaboration between paediatric surgical centres with adult units and patients’ organisations to address these issues can be best achieved.


We want to consider how to pool expertise and collaborate in the following areas: research, patient pathway development, metric construction and the development of high-quality patient information that can be shared across centres



Each centre has provided a link surgeon able to co-ordinate colorectal protocols and practice.

As of September 2020 these are:

Surgeon Centre Surgeon Centre
Yatin Patel Aberdeen Clare Rees Imperial
Irene Milliken Belfast Niyi Ade-Ajayi Kings
Oli Gee Birmingham Jonathan Sutcliffe Leeds
Bommaya Narayanaswamy Brighton Bala Eradi Leicester
Eleri Cusick Bristol Sarah Almond Liverpool
Georgina Malakounides Cambridge Fraser Horwood Manchester
Olly Jackson Cardiff Bruce Jaffray Newcastle
Muhammed Choudhry Chelsea and Westminster Richard England Norwich
Alan Mortell Dublin Dan Colliver Nottingham
Claire Clark Edinburgh Silke Wagner Oxford
Ali Keshtgar Evelina Stewart Cleeve Royal London
Gregor Walker Glasgow Govind Murthi Sheffield
Joe Curry GOS Mike Stanton Southampton
Debora Morgante Hull Dean Rex St Georges

Please sign into the membership portal to look up your link surgeon.


Special Interest Links, Support Groups and Allied Organisations


Paediatric Stoma Nurse Group (PSNG) was established in 2005 by paediatric (children) stoma nurses in the UK & Ireland.  The group meets three times per year at various venues around the country and organises an annual study day.


CICRA supports children living with Crohn’s & colitis, and their families. They aim to fund research and raise awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.


Patient Organisations

Max’s Trust – to support children and adults with Anorectal Malformations and their families










Originally lodged by Mr Ian Sugarman Oct 2014

Read the Colorectal Group Terms of Reference(208kB)

Curated by Mark Davenport, [email protected]



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