About this event

  • Date and time Thu 15 Nov 2018 from 8:45am to 3:50pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by General Practice with Primary Healthcare

This course teaches the practice of minor skin surgery techniques, including a range of joint injections and non-surgical techniques as set out in the GMS contract for primary care minor surgery.

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

This course complies with the new NHS England DOPS (Direct Observation of Practical Skills) requirements for minor surgery training. Delegates will be assessed against Level 2 competencies and certification will be provided at the end of the course.

Topics include:

  • Adept preparation for skin biopsy
  • Understand and administer effective local anaesthetic
  • Perform a range of suturing techniques and know when each is applicable
  • Perform a range of excisions including epidermal cysts and know how to manage abbesses
  • Preparation for joint injections
  • Elbow, hand and wrist injections


Thursday 15 November 2018

Registration, tea and coffee
Location, location, location
Your equipment and how to use it
Needles and sutures
Planning your procedure
The ellipse
Be prepared
Skin deep
Tea and coffee break
Comfortably numb
Excising an ellipse
Tying the knot
Deep dermal sutures
Vertical mattress sutures
Horizontal mattress sutures
Epidermal cyst excision
Open floor question and answer session
Tea and coffee break
The small matter of the contract
Lipomata excision
Close of day
Friday 16 November 2018

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome back
Workshop rotation 1
Workshop rotation 2
Tea and coffee break
Workshop rotation 3
IGTN technique
Punch biopsy
The pigmented lesion
Completion of evaluation forms
Close of course


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom