RCGP Minor Surgery Entry Level Course

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About the course

Organised and held at the RCGP Headquarters, 30 ES

A two day course that is highly recommended to beginners to learn the basics in minor surgery skills with the assistance of an expert GP and a plastic surgeon.


This course has been specifically designed to ensure practitioners meet the requirements of the 2014 DES Minor Surgery Contract and has been approved by NHS England formulated from the latest NHS e-guidelines to do so.


This highly practical and interactive course; which also features the Direct Observations of Procedural Skills (DOPS) Assessment (required by NHS England for all GPs practicing minor surgery in the UK) is led by Dr Apul Parikh, a GP with a special interest in minor surgery and dermatology and a qualified EBOPRAS (European Board of Plastic Surgery) plastic surgeon.


This course counts as CPD and also provides supporting information for revalidation. All participants will receive a bound copy of the course lectures and presentations, a text book to help aid learning and a certificate on completion.

Programme Day 1

9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:30 Introduction - Aims and Objectives - Basic Surgical Technique and instruments and materials

10:30 Local Anaesthesia

11:00 Break and Refreshments

11:15 Basic Surgical Technique; Safe Use of Equipment; Snip, Scrape and Shave Lesions; Punch Biopsy; Abscesses; Ingrowing Toenails

12:45 Lunch

13:30 Basic Surgical Technique; Suturing technique: interrupted and deep intradermal suture; Removal of ellipse and suturing wound; Epidermoid Cysts and Lipomas

17:00 Finish  

Day 2

9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:30 Dermatology Quiz

10:00 Skin Cancer- including how to identify malignant melanoma, risk factors and the prevention of malignant lesions and subsequent management , also includes pigmented basal cell carcinoma.

11:00 Break and Refreshments

11:15 Joint and Periarticular Injections

11:45 Joint and Periarticular Injections

13:00 Lunch

13:45 Cryosurgery includes complications, lesions, warts and setting up a clinic.

14:30 Medico-legal, Infection Control and Administration - including issues around consent, contractual issues, staff safety and CQC Regulations

15:30 Finish

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