Colorectal Committee Terms of Reference

Date Approved by Colorectal:             March 2023
Date Approved by Executive:              N/a
Date of Review:                                     March 2025 

The Colorectal Section Committee is accountable to the President Elect of the BSG.

  • To support training, education, research and guideline creation relating to colorectal diseases within the BSG
  • To work alongside different external bodies to promote the expanding role of clinicians in the management of colorectal disease in the UK
  • To represent the interests and issues of the BSG members specialised in Colorectal studies
  • To manage the future direction of the Colorectal committee in accordance with shifts In the NHS
  • To develop professional collaborations nationally and internationally with the formal approval of the Executive
  • To support the recruitment and retention of members in the specialty of Gastroenterology
  • To hold a monothematic meeting or a webinar every 3 years to promote the work of the specialty group to the broader community
  • To attend at least 2 section meetings a year (usually 4) including Away Day

  • The Colorectal Section of the BSG is defined by a multidisciplinary approach to the care of patients with colorectal disease. As such as well as gastroenterologists and specialist nurses/Allied Healthcare Professionals our members also include colorectal surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, and others with an interest in colorectal disease management, including cancer, genomics, and functional disease. We have strong links to other sections within the BSG, and also to other societies, especially the ACPGBI.
  • In recent years we have developed a number of new national guidelines, contributed to curriculum redevelopment, and run innovative educational events focused on multidisciplinary teams.

Membership (eligibility criteria)
  • The Section Committee must have a minimum of 4 members and a maximum of 12, at least one of which must be a Trainee. Section should also engage with AHPs colleagues including nurses/pharmacists/physicians’ associates
  • The Committee will be responsible for ensuring that the section meets its strategic objectives
  • The Chair and Secretary must be elected members and have a minimum of 1 year, of their 3 year term, left when elected by the Committee as Chair and Secretary.
  • The appointment term for committee membership is 3 years.  
  • The Chair and Secretary will be elected from the membership of the Committee and will each serve 3 years.
  • A representative from the BSGNA.
  • The Chair is able to co-opt members to join the Committee with the approval of the Section
  • Co-opted members will be ‘task and time limited’ to respect the democratic election process within the Society. Co-opted members should not be granted ongoing roles within the Committee after the timebound task for which they have been co-opted.  A record of co-opted members should be agreed by the Committee and members should be stood down once their task is completed.

The meeting will be quorate if, as a minimum, the following members are present:
Chair or Secretary
At least 4 Section representatives