Primary Care Training Academy is based in Birmingham, and delivers specialised training courses to doctors [GP's, GPSI's, GP Registrars], as well as other Primary Care Practitioners eg Nurses, Podiatrists, Chiropodists and Pharmacists. Minor surgery skills courses are run throughout the year. All courses are delivered by enthusiastic highly experienced trainers. DOPS assessments are offered to satisfy commisioning requirement from commissioners/NHS England


Primary Care Surgery Skills Course: 1.5 days duration

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The PCTA Minor Surgery Courses have been designed around the requirements for training to GP's wishing to update their skills or accredit their skills to support their primary care minor surgery / ops service provision. Courses have been successfully running since 2007  to provide primary care practitioners with the leading hands on training delivered by an expert faculty of plastic surgeons and dermatologists. Our course feedback speaks for itself! Whether an absolute beginner or a regular operator, the high course faculty to delegate ratio ensures as much intensive tuition as required to support practical minor surgery skills learning.

Aimed at: GP's, GP Registars, GPwSI in Dermatology and Skin Surgery.

Level: Primary Care Beginner to Advanced Hospital Practitioner (Delegates are grouped according to surgical competency level.) Training is subsequently focussed accordingly.

Course Details: A practical surgery skills workshop with intensive surgical training over 1.5 days; operating on real skin. Caters for beginners, intermediate and experienced level GPwSI's. Intensive technical tuition in all minor skin surgical techniques delivered in small group informal theory and practical sessions. This course has been fully approved by West Midlands Regional Postgraduate Deanery and CPD approved by the NHS (CORAS). DOPS ASSESSEMENTS ARE OFFERED.

Contact: or Course Director Mr S Hassan FRCS(Plast) on 07474112263 or 08000016688 for further details and a booking form / programme or print off and complete the form below.

Accommodation: Substantially reduced rates have been secured for accommodation at the luxury Malmaison Hotel during the course. However to secure these discounted rates, accommodation must be reserved with the hotel directly 28 days pre course (£109pppn B&B, + £10 supplement for partner overnight accomodation incl. B&B). To book accommodation contact Malmaison Hotel 'in-house' reservations directly on 0121 246 5000 quoting the Primary Care Training Academy Delegate Rate. Parking is available.

Meeting places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

See below for further details.



Next Available Course:  

Date:        28th - 29th November  2015    Places  Available!


Update:  Places Currently Available


Venue:     Malmaison Hotel,     1 Wharf Street, Birmingham B1 1RD

                     Tel: 0121 246 5000        ‘    Winner of Best Hotel 2004’







This surgical skills course is ideally suited to GP’s / GPSI’s or GP registrar’s and also A&E medical staff, F1-2/ST1-3's and Nurse Practitioners who wish to improve their skin surgical skills. Particularly those doctors performing or planning to perform minor skin surgery on a regular basis. All aspects of skin surgery will be covered from planning, marking of lesions, injecting, cutting, suturing techniques, skin flaps, z plasty etc and anything else delegates would like to know or practice. All skill levels are catered for (‘novice’ to ‘advanced’). Pig skin and novel jigs are used to give a realistic feel to the surgery. There is also an opportunity to practice/improve cryotherapy techniques, electrocautery devices and try recent skin closure developments.

The course is being held in the luxury boutique Malmaison Hotel in the heart of Birmingham. This is a part of the 'Mailbox' complex with its designer stores and chic bars/cafes. It is said to be 'Birmingham's answer to Bond Street'. The Malmaison Hotel has its own leisure club and health/beauty spa (ref

Accommodation must be booked directly with the hotel 'in-house reservations department' on 0121 246 5000 quoting Primary Care Training Academy to secure preferential course delegate rates (£109pppn B&B! or £119 B&B Double Occupancy – normally £170 Room Only). Accommodation must be booked by 28 days pre course to guarantee these special rates. The course starts on Saturday morning, and closes at lunch on Sunday. Parking is available.

Delegates will be assessed pre and post course to ensure that groups of similar abilities work together. The course is informal and sociable. The course consists of mainly practical sessions, but micro lectures will cover lesion recognition, non-surgical treatment of lesions, BCC’s, LA’s, surgical pitfalls and tips.

The intended faculty members for the next course are all experienced surgical trainers: -

• Mr Sultan Hassan FRCS(Plast) FRCS(Eng) FRCSEd. Consultant Plastic, Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgeon, Course Director.
Mr Justin Chatterjee FRCSEd(Plast) FRCSGlasg(Plast) EBOPRAS Eur Dip Hand Surg(FESSH) MSc, Plastic Surgeon.

• Mr Ramesh Vidyadharan FRCS, Associate Specialist, Plastic Surgery, Birmingham Children’s Hospital

• Dr Christos Kasparis, Consultant Dermatologist, MRCP, West Midlands Deanery

• Miss Sevina Tzortzis MRCS, SpR ENT Surgery, West Mids Deanery.

• Mr Zeiad Alshameeri MRCS, SpR Trauma & Orthopaedics, Cardiff.

• Mr Mubashir Cheema, FRCS(Plast), Senior Registrar, Plastic Surgery, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust

*Faculty subject to change 

Course Program:


Saturday (Day 1)


09:00hrs Registration & Coffee


09:15hrs Introduction & Welcome: Aims and Objectives


09:30hrs Surgical Skill Assessment


10:15hrs Cryotherapy


10:35hrs Local AnaesthesiaTips / Suture Selection / Removal / Adjuncts


10:55hrs Coffee and snacks / Exhibition Stands


11:10hrs Practical Skin Surgical tips


11:50hrs Practical Session 1 - Basic Suturing techniques/Tissue handling


13.00hrs Luncheon and Exhibitions


14:00hrs Practical Session 2 - Suturing techniques

15:05hrs Peri/Post-operative wound care


15.15hrs Afternoon Tea and Exhibition Stands

15:40hrs Practical Session 3 -Advanced techniques, Cryotherapy,Electrosurgery

16:30hrs Non surgical treatment of skin cancer/lesions


17:15hrs Questions & Answers


17.30hrs Meeting Close


Sunday (Day 2) 


09.30hrs Cysts/Lipomas and Skin Flaps


10.00hrs Practical Session 4


11.45hrs Morning Coffee and Exhibition Stands


12.00hrs Final Assessment


13.00hrs Close of Meeting & feedback



Corporate Sponsorship Scheme

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our corporate sponsors. Only carefully selected companies are invited to exhibit during courses. Their range of products and services are all highly relevant to our course delegates with a particular interest in Dermatology and Minor Skin Surgery / Wound Management.

For details of sponsors, including contact information then please email .


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2015 Courses         

COURSE - Places available

  28th - 29th November 2015

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'Primary Care Training Academy'

Primary Care Surgery Skills Course

16 St Peters Road,


Birmingham B17 0AS.

For further information please contact Mr S Hassan, Course Director via mobile number 07474112263 or 08000016688 or via e-mail on 




Book early to avoid disappointment! TO BOOK, please print off the above booking form, complete, sign and then send to the address given above along with payment in full. Once booking form/payment has been received then notification will be issued within 28 days of a confirmed course place. 

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