Over 18 years, the journal Gastrointestinal Nursing (GIN) has built up a reputation for quality specialist education. GINcast, the Gastrointestinal Nursing podcast, which is the first and only podcast for nurses working in gastroenterology, hepatology and stoma care, 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 hosts 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 programs and treatment pathways to meet the coronavirus pandemic and how they have managed to keep patients safe and ensure the best outcomes.

Episodes are planned on a variety of gastrointestinal topics, from tackling addiction and stigma in liver disease, to managing bowel dysfunction, to understanding the psychological links amongst gut, brain, and diet. Meanwhile, stoma care nurses will want to look out for future episodes on skin care, cost-effective prescribing, and preventing parastomal hernia.

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. These podcasts can be conveniently accessed at any time, 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. We are exploring whether listening to GINcast can provide credits for revalidation.

GINcast is free to listen to on the website, Spotify and Apple Podcasts, as well as on most other sites where podcasts are available. You can subscribe to catch each episode as it is released.