Minor surgery

Date24 January 2019
Duration2 days
Start Time08:45
End Time16:00
TypeClassroom based
AudienceFoundation Doctor, GP, GP Trainee, GP Trainer or educator, First5, Nurse, Patients and public, Physician assistant, Practice nurse
RCGP Accredited



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Course Syllabus/Learning Aims:

At the end of the course and with referral to the supporting course notes/learning materials, delegates should be able to:


  • Identify and justify minor surgery in the GP/clinical setting
  • Describe the medico-legal issues regarding minor surgery procedures
  • Identify and discuss suitable equipment for minor surgery procedures
  • Recognise and diagnose commonly encountered benign lesions
  • Recognise suspicious, malignant and premalignant lesions requiring referral
  • Demonstrate safe practice of joint injections/cryotherapy and procedures typically undertaken in the GP/clinical setting
  • Recognise and manage adverse events and complications.


 The course covers:

  • Skin Anatomy and physiology
  • Wound Healing
  • Lesion Identification
  • Skin Cancer
  • Treatment options including curettage, cautery, diathermy, shave/ellipse excision, punch biopsy and surgery
  • Skin preparation
  • Local anaesthesia
  • Haemostasis
  • Suturing Technique
  • Cyst removal
  • Lipomas
  • Ingrown toenails/abscess removal
  • Histology
  • Medico-legal requirements
  • Adverse events and complications


* There is an exciting addition in these courses and learners will be taught about the pros and cons of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy.


VenueDe Vere Holborn Bars, 138-142 Holborn, London, EC1N 2NQ
Maximum capacity40
EmailNorth and West London Faculty
Phone020 3188 7411
ContactDebbie Board
Faculty/DepartmentNW London Faculty

Course programme

Day 1:

08:45-9:15      Registration and coffee/tea
9:15-9:30        Introduction and Aims/Objectives
9:30                Equipment and Sutures
9:45                Haemostasis and Electrocautery
10:00              Skin
10:15              Local Anaesthesia
10:45-11:00    Coffee/Tea
11:00              Basic Surgical Techniques including DOPS
                       (Suturing: Interrupted and deep dermal sutures)                                             
                       Ellipse:Designing and removal               
12:30-1:30      Lunch
1:30                Surgical Techniques:
                        Snip/ Shave / Curette / Punch Biopsy                         
                        Epidermal cysts                          

                        Ingrowing toenails/Abscess (Theory)
5:00                 End

Day 2:

08:45-9:15      Registration and Coffee/Tea
9:15                Skin Cancer
10:15              Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
10:45              Coffee/Tea
11:00             Joint Injections Theory and Practical
1:00               Lunch
1:45               Medico-legal and Admin (including CQC)
2:45               Cryotherapy
3:00               Dermatology Quiz
3:45               End

Programme is subject to change


  • Hearing Loop
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Wi-fi


Lead Tutor - Dr Apul Parikh, MATA

Tutor(s): Experienced clinical practitioners

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