Monday 28th November 2022

Minor Ops for GPs

Speakers: Dr James Milne, Dr Bill Porter

This event is being planned together with Drs James Milne and Bill Porter, our popular consultant dermatology colleagues.

It is for qualified GPs who would like refresh or take up Minor Ops in their practice and the audience is limited to 25 attending in person. Please only book on if you are post CCT and if you are able to attend for the whole day. You do not have to be a GGPET member to attend but a fee of £135 is payable for your place.

The morning will focus on the medical management of skin lesions and practical minor ops advice on which lesions can and cannot be safely treated or removed in primary care. The afternoon will offer the opportunity for suturing practice using pork bellies and together with punch and excision biopsies.

9.00-12.40pm Session 1
12.40-1.30pm LUNCH
1.30-3:30pm Session 2 Practical session.

o To recognise skin tumours and identify management pathways
o To review surgical and nonsurgical treatment options
o To recognise basic surgical skin techniques including biopsy, curettage, excision, and suturing methods
o To understand basic dermoscopy and its uses


Date: Monday 28th November 2022

Time: 09:30

Duration: Whole Day

Location: Sandford Education Centre

Members' Price: £0

GP Price: £135

AHP Price: -

About the speaker

Dr James Milne
MBChB, DCH, FC Derm (SA)

Dr James Milne completed his medical training at the University of Cape Town in 1991 and specialised at Groote Schuur Hospital under internationally respected Dermatologists Professor Norma Saxe and Professor Gail Todd. He qualified as a Consultant Dermatologist in 2001 and shortly thereafter relocated with his family to the UK to join Gloucester Royal Hospital.

He has expertise in all general skin conditions and has special interests in skin cancer, inflammatory skin disease, and facial skin conditions prticulary acne and rosacea. He is currently employed by the Gloucestershire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and does NHS clinics at Cheltenham General, Gloucester Royal, Tewksbury, and North Cotswold hospital . He does private sessions at the Nuffield Hospital, and Stratum clinic.

Dr Milne has acted in various capacities in the Dermatology department including clinical lead and governance lead. He is currently Skin cancer lead clinician and chair of the specialist skin cancer multidisciplinary team.

He is passionate about dermatology and, with his colleagues, has been instrumental in developing a first class Dermatology service in Gloucestershire.

About the speaker

Dr Bill Porter
BSc 1989, MBBS 1992, MRCP 1996

Dr William Porter was appointed as a Consultant Dermatologist in Gloucestershire in 2001. He qualified in 1992 from St Mary’s Hospital, London (BSc 1989, MBBS 1992, MRCP 1996) and undertook dermatology training at St Mary’s, Charing Cross and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals, London.
He has expertise in all aspects of dermatological disease and his special interests include skin cancer surgery and paediatric dermatology. He was the Lead Clinician (2003-06, 2013-16) Skin Cancer lead clinician (2016-2019) and is currently the Dermatology Surgery and Paediatric Dermatology lead for Gloucestershire. He has been the South West of England Dermatology representative to the British Association of Dermatology executive committee (2016-2019).
Dr Porter teaches undergraduates, post graduate doctors, nurses and other NHS staff, and acts a mentor and supervisor to consultant and junior medical colleagues.
He has published numerous articles in core dermatological journals, and has conducted research into dermatitis herpetiformis and male genital skin problems.
He is married to a GP and has two teenage children

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