Minor surgery course


Thursday 17 May 2018
to Friday 18 May 2018

2 day

Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

General Practice with Primary Healthcare Section



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Aims and objectives:

The overall objective of this 2 day course is to instruct trainee and qualified primary care clinicians in the skills needed to perform minor skin surgery. The course aims to cover all the minor skin procedures, joint injections and non-surgical techniques as set out in the GMS contract for primary care minor surgery.  Furthermore, course delegates will be assessed via Applied Knowledge testing and Direct Observation of Practical Skills (DOPS) during the course.

At the end of the course, delegates should be able to take home improved practical skills and be aware of medico-legal and contractual obligations required of those practising minor skin surgery.  Furthermore, having attended the course, delegates should be able to apply evidence based practice in the detection and management of common skin lesions including melanoma. Most importantly they should be able to apply these skills to improve the provision of minor skin surgery in primary care.

NHS England DOPS

This course complies with the new NHS England DOPS requirements for minor surgery training. Delegates will be assessed against Level 2 competencies and certification will be provided at the end of the course. Please contact the co-ordinator if you require further information.

Further dates

If you are unable to attend this date please be aware that the Section will also be running this course on Thursday 16 - 17 November 2017


Delegates will attend each of the three workshops listed below on the second day of the course.

  • Workshop A: The shoulder
  • Workshop B: The elbow, hand and wrist injections
  • Workshop C: Abscess and subcut sutures

Please note that the running order of the programme may differ on the day, however all of the below will be covered.


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Thursday 17 May 2018

8.45 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.15 am


9.30 am

Location, location, location

9.45 am

Your equipment and how to use it

10.00 am

Needles and sutures

10.10 am

Planning your procedure

10.20 am

The ellipse

10.35 am

Be prepared

10.45 am

Skin deep

11.00 am

Tea and coffee break

11.15 am

Comfortably numb

11.45 am

Excising an ellipse

12.00 pm

Tying the knot

12.15 pm


12.30 pm


1.30 pm

Deep dermal sutures

2.00 pm

Vertical mattress sutures

2.15 pm

Horizontal mattress sutures

2.30 pm

Epidermal cyst excision

2.55 pm

Open floor question and answer session

3.00 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.15 pm

The small matter of the contract

3.45 pm

Lipomata excision

4.05 pm

Close of day

Friday 18 May 2018

8.45 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.00 am

Welcome back

9.15 am

Workshop rotation 1

10.15 am

Workshop rotation 2

11.15 am

Tea and coffee break

11.30 am

Workshop rotation 3

12.30 pm


1.30 pm


1.50 pm

IGTN technique

2.10 pm


2.30 pm

Punch biopsy

2.45 pm


3.00 pm

The pigmented lesion

3.45 pm

Completion of evaluation forms

3.50 pm

Close of course

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For information on this event, contact Lucy Courtney-BennettTel: 020 7290 3945 Email: gp@rsm.ac.uk arrow