Minor Surgical Skills March 2018

Date22 March 2018
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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Whilst we endeavour to provide a 'gold standard' service to all course participants, if you are registering less than 72 hours before the start of the event, you should be aware that some materials may not be readily available on the day and we may contact you with regards to catering arrangements.

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.


VenueMedical Society of London, Lettsom House, 11 Chandos Street, Cavendish Square, London, W1G 9EB
Maximum capacity37
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, deep dermal, subcuticular 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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