Minor Surgery

Primary Care minor surgery is at a cross-road. The development of predominantly consultant based treatment pathways are threatening to sideline this popular and cost-effective specialty. GPs may be forced down the road of ever less essential procedures. Alternatively, GPs can choose the route of improved standards, training and accountability. Please find below a range of minor surgery resources.


Skin cancer guidance

Guidance was developed by NICE, with input from our Clinical Champion Dr Jonathan Botting, which will allow GPs and GPwSIs with the appropriate skill base to treat low risk basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) without the need for referral to specialists. 

Revised guidance and competencies for minor surgery

This guidance was developed by Dermatologists and GPs (including the RCGP Clinical Champion for Minor Surgery, Dr Jonathan Botting). As well as defining the requirements for Skin Lesion Community Cancer Clinicians (GPwSIs who provide a skin cancer surgical service) it also lays out the requirements for those providing skin surgery under LES and DES contracts. This guidance includes new recommendations and was published in April 2011. 


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