2 Day minor surgery course

Date19 March 2018
Duration2 days
Start Time08:45
End Time16:30
AudienceGP, GP Trainee, GP Trainer or educator, First5, Nurse, Practice nurse



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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.

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
  • Histology
  • Medico-legal requirements
  • Adverse events and complications

The course is facilitated by Medical Skills Courses. With almost a decade of industry experience, they are one of the UKs most acclaimed providers of Minor Surgery Courses. This course has been developed and refined by their team of expert GPs, Plastic Surgeons, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dermatologists, and Extended Scope Physiotherapists, and is continuously updated to meet changes in commissioning agendas, regulatory requirements and best practice.

Please click here to read full details of the course and to find out more about the facilitators.

VenueRadisson Blu, 80 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH
Maximum capacity40
Phone0203 188 7752
ContactFiona Paterson
Faculty/DepartmentSouth East Scotland Faculty

Course programme

Day 1

08.45   registration and coffee

09.15   welcome and pre-course MCQ

09.30   location, location, location

09.45   the small matter of the contract

10.15   be prepared

10.30   comfortably numb

10.45   needles and sutures

11.00   tea and coffee break

11.15   your equipment and how to use it

11.35   the ellipse

11.50   excising the ellipse

12.00   tying the know

12.15   surgical nuggets

12.30   lunch and networking

13.30   the deep dermal suture

13.45   the vertical mattress suture

14.20   the horizontal mattress suture

15.00   tea and coffee break

15.15   the epidermal cyst

15.35   the lipoma

16.15   IGTN

16.30   close


Day 2

08.45   registration and coffee

09.00   welcome back

09.15   group session 1

10.15   group session 2

11.15   tea and coffee

11.30   group session 3

12.30   lunch

13.30   haemostasis

13.50   cryotherapy

14.10   abscess

14.40   snip/shave/curette

14.50   punch biopsy

15.00   skin lesion recognition

15.45   post course MCQ and closing remarks

16.00   close


Small group work sessions will cover: shoulder injection / upper limb injection / beautiful wounds





  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Wi-fi
  • Parking

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