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Introducing GINcast: the Gastrointestinal Nursing Podcast

27 July 2020 (Last updated: 27 Jul 2020 11:33)

We would like to introduce you to GINcast: the Gastrointestinal Nursing Podcast—the first and only podcast for nurses working in gastroenterology, hepatology and stoma care.

Over 18 years, the journal Gastrointestinal Nursing (GIN) has built up a reputation for quality specialist education. GINcast aims to take that experience and deliver it in a new, accessible and exciting format. Each monthly episode is a deep dive into a specialist area of professional practice, where the editor of GIN host conversations with leading experts in the field. These discussions are intended to be educational but informal, covering clinical experience, patient needs and scientific research, with a practical focus on how these can be used to provide holistic, cost-effective and patient-centred care.

The first episode, released on Thursday, 23 July 2020, covers how COVID-19 has affected diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer, as well as how endoscopy and oncology nurses have risen to this challenge. Maggie Vance and Claire Taylor, nurse consultants at St Mark's Hospital, London, share how they have helped adapt screening programmes and treatment pathways to meet the coronavirus pandemic and how they have managed to keep patients safe and ensure the best outcomes.

Stoma care nurses in particular will want to look out for future episodes on skin care, cost-effective prescribing and preventing parastomal hernia. There are also episodes planned on a variety of gastrointestinal (GI) topics, from tackling addiction and stigma in liver disease, to managing bowel dysfunction, to understanding the psychological links between the gut, brain and diet.

Nurses are very busy people, and it can be hard to stay up to date with new research and professional development requirements. However, a podcast is the perfect opportunity to learn on the go. An episode can be conveniently listened to at just about any time and any place, whether on the way to work, at the gym, tidying the house or lying on the sofa. At a time when in-person events are cancelled due to COVID-19, GINcast is especially valuable as a pandemic-proof source of up-to-date professional knowledge. To put an official stamp on this learning experience, we are exploring whether listening to GINcast can provide credits for revalidation.

GINcast: the Gastrointestinal Nursing Podcast is free to listen to on the website, Spotify and Apple Podcasts, as well as most other places podcasts are available. Don't forget to subscribe, to catch each episode as it is released. I hope you can join GINcast for many smart and engaging GI conversations.