Tuesday, 29 October 2021

UPRAS 2013 - 6th Undergraduate Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Conference


Important Information Regarding TIG Fellowships

Dear Colleagues,

There has been increasing concern and debate particularly within the Plastic Surgery community to the inequality of access for our trainees particularly to the Breast and H&N Interface fellowships. This has been compounded by the perceived ill-advised wisdom of our specialty training others with little in return.

As a result the JCST requested a review of the process . The review was discussed at a recent JCST meeting in Glasgow where 2 particular concerns were raised:-

a) The absence of a defined curriculum specific for the Interface fellowships in Breast and H&N. This is not acceptable to the GMC. Furthermore educationally it is illogical to train someone against which you have no benchmark.
b) There is also no 'mission statement' per se of exactly what we are trying to achieve as the end result, is it:-
i) All encompassing - full capability in ablation and reconstruction
ii) Ablation only
iii) Reconstruction only
iv) Some halfway house

The answer to (b) lies in workforce planning that is outwith the remit of the SAC but requires discussion between the appropriate professional associations and the 4 governments within the UK.

The SAC in Plastic Surgery has decided to no longer support further appointments to the Breast and H&N fellowships until both the curricula and workforce planning has been dealt with. The likelihood is therefore that appointments may very well be delayed beyond the normal timescale. I realise that this may frustrate trainees plans but in reality taking into account what has gone on in the past the number of our trainees who would have been successful in any case would have been a handful at most. This is an attempt to recalibrate the whole process and actually improve the chances for our trainees in the long term.

Thus I would be grateful that if you have trainees in ST6-8 considering Breast or H&N that they have a Plan B for 2014/5.

There is no change to the Hand, Cosmetic, Trauma, Skin, Laser and CL&P fellowships.

I can reassure all members of PLASTA that the decision to remove current support for the Breast and Head & Neck Interface Fellowships was not taken lightly by the SAC in Plastic Surgery. However that is not to say that we are not actively in discussions trying to remediate this situation for you with all parties concerned. We would hope to come back on stream with these fellowships as soon as possible once the concerns of the SAC have been appropriately aired, understood and dealt with. I hope to have these fellowships back on stream as soon as possible so as to disadvantage as few PLASTA members as possible

I am sorry that there has been some short term pain but this will be for the benefit of PLASTA members in the long term and importantly their future patients so please bear with me

I will of course keep you up to date with developments.

Aidan Fitzgerald

Chair, SAC in Plastic Surgery

Nottingham Hand Course

Our core skills in hand and forearm surgery is a highly-interactive course that is ideally structured to meet the training needs of the aspiring surgeon in the rapidly, evolving and complex area of hand surgery. Participants will learn the surgical techniques in dealing with hand trauma, with the emphasis on soft tissue injuries (including tendon, nerve and ligament injuries), bone fixation and administration of local anaesthetic blocks to the wrist and digits.
Practical skills training using fresh-frozen hand with forearms, simulators, plastic bones and loupes/microscpes.
Key benefits
This course is designed to teach aspiring hand, orthopaedic & trauma and plastic surgeons, safe surgical techniques in dealing with hand trauma, with emphasis on soft tissue injuries and administration.
Day 1
Welcome from Mr AGP Perks (BAPRAS President, Head of Department)
Welcome from Mr IF Starley (Lead for Hand Surgery)
  • Anaesthetics and soft tissue cover
  • Applied anatomy and healing
  • Local and regional blocks
  • Compartment syndrome/fasciotomies
  • Incision for common access and exposure
  • Finger tip injuries and local flap reconstruction techniques
  • Thumb and proximal digit injuries and local flap reconstruction techniques
  • Hand and wrist
Day 2

  • Nerve and bone
  • Flexor tendon repair and rehabilitation
  • Extensor tendon repair and rehabilitation
  • Physiology of bone healing
  • Fracture fixation - plate and screw fixation, K-wire fixation, interosseous wire fixation
  • Fusion of DIPJ
  • ± Dorsal hand flaps

Day 3
  • Tendon, joints and ligaments
  • Incision for access and decompression of nerves
  • Nerve repair plus graft
  • PIPJ hyperextension injury
  • Thumb abduction injury
  • Ulnar collateral injury
  • ± Forearm flaps

Faculty, Organisation & Registration
Mr S Al-Benna, Mr C O'Boyle, Mr P Lim, Mr AGB Perks, Mr IF Starley
Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Burn Surgery
City Hospital Campus
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Hucknall Road
Nottingham NG5 1PB
United Kingdom

E-mail              info@instituteofsurgery.org

Tel                    0871 288 5135

Website          http://www.instituteofsurgery.org
Transport       Nottingham is easily accessible by train and plane (East Midlands Airport).

Registration fee includes     tea/coffee and training materials.

Certification   Upon successful completion of all requirements, as decided by the faculty, students receive the Certificate of Attendance.

Sunday, 27 October 2021


A full time Clinical Research Fellow is required to join the Burns and Plastic Surgery Department at the new Manchester Children's Hospital commencing ASAP for a period of 2 to 3 Years. 

The salary for this post will be £30,002 to £39,693

The candidate will be expected to adopt a research project leading up to a higher degree and register with the University of Manchester. This post is initially available for a period of two years renewable depending on the higher degree for which the candidate has registered. This post would be ideal for a surgeon intending to pursue a career in Burns and Plastic Surgery. The research project will involve clinical/basic science research project on a burn injury related topic. 

In addition, the candidate will be required to participate in out-of-hours rota for the Burns and Plastic Surgery department at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on a full shift system at the ST1-3 grade. 

The candidate will be expected to have obtained the membership of the Royal College of Surgeons in the UK and preferably have worked in a Burns and Plastic Surgery Department for at least 6 months prior to application for this post and must hold FRCS/MRCS.

For further enquires please contact Miss Shah, Consultant Plastic Surgeon on 0161 701 8140.

This post does not have educational approval from the Postgraduate Dean, but training will be provided in the same way as for other trainees at the same level. 

More info here

Monday, 21 October 2021

The Mammary Fold Newsletter

Newsletter October 2013

Sunday, 20 October 2021

Canniesburn Courses 2014

The Canniesburn Flap Course
in conjunction with
Anatomy Department, University of Glasgow
Course Fee:  £1,150

7th - 11th April 2014
September 2014  TBC

The Course will consist of practical anatomical dissections, lectures and panel discussions covering a variety of reconstructive techniques. The emphasis will be on the surgical anatomy and technical aspects of raising and using flaps in various parts of the body.

Microvascular Workshop
Course Fee:   £1,500

3 - 7 February 2022  
16 - 20 June 2021      
6 - 10 October 2021

During the course week, candidates are taught the basis of microvascular anastomosis concentrating on conventional suturing methods. It is felt a minimum of ST1 or equivalent in a speciality needing microvascular surgery training, is required.  The workshops are practical, with every candidate having an up to date operating microscope to operate on in vitro and in vivo vessels. Tutors are always present. 

Advanced Microvascular Coupler Course
Course Fee:   £550

A one day advanced microvascular course, aimed at Consultants and senior trainees with previous microvascular surgery experience, and who wish to practice using anastomotic devices.

14 March 2022

The Surgery of Facial Palsy
in conjunction with
Anatomy Department, University of Glasgow
Course Fee:   £TBC

Date TBC
The course will appeal to trainees and consultants in plastic surgery, ENT, and ophthalmology who have an interest in the surgery of facial paralysis. 

Registration:   www.canniesburn.org

Enquiries:       Dorothy.stobie@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

The Essential Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Series

This course will  be held in the newly launched state of the art Clinical Anatomy Skills Centre (CASC) based at the University of Glasgow.  
The Essential Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Series will provide participants with an intensive day of tutored cadaveric dissection, instructional lectures and case based management discussion.  
This educational programme is structured on a regional anatomical basis, covering excisional and reconstructive surgery of the Head and Neck, Upper Limb, Thorax, Abdomen and Groin.  

More details to be found here
Essential Plastic Surgery Series Poster

Monday, 14 October 2021

LAT Registrar Post - St. James's Hospital, Dublin

There is a registrar position (LAT) available immediately in St James's and Crumlin, children's hospital, Dublin, Ireland available until July 14.

It is a general job rotating between various consultants with different sub speciality interests.

For more information contact Ms. Patricia Eadie, consultant plastic surgeon.


Thursday, 10 October 2021

Tips & Tricks in Wrist Surgery

T&T in Hand and Wrist

Friday, 4 October 2021

The Peel Postgraduate Travelling Scholarships

The Peel and Rothwell Jackson Postgraduate Travelling Fellowships

The aim of a fellowship may be research, advanced study, or the acquisition of a new clinical skill unlikely to be available in the UK.
Candidates are expected to be planning a career in the UK which will be enhanced by spending up to a year at a centre of international excellence.

1) Up to two fellowships will be awarded in this round. The trustees reserve the right to make no award if, in their judgment, applications are of insufficient strength.

2) Candidates should be qualified and registered to practise in medicine, nursing or another health profession.

3) Fellowships will be for up to a maximum of 12 months' duration.

4) Funding awarded will reflect the estimated cost of the fellowship (including travel and support of dependents if relevant). Whole- or part-funding of these costs will be awarded up to a maximum of £30,000 per fellowship. The awarded sum will be final and not subject to increase.

5) Fellowships must be taken up by a date agreed with the Trust, or any offer will be revoked.

6) Fellows must submit a report to the Trust within one month of their return and supply copies of any resultant publication.

1) Applicants must submit electronically using this form by 5.00pm Thursday 7th November 2013.
2) Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in Manchester on Friday 13th December 2013.

Reasonable within-UK travelling expenses will be refunded.

3) Candidates will be informed if they are shortlisted for interview.


Trainee Survey of Experience in Maxillofacial Trauma

Management of maxillofacial trauma is part of the ISCP Plastic Surgery Curriculum. 

However, most trainees receive limited clinical exposure to this area. We are conducting a 5-minute survey to assess knowledge and experience of maxillofacial trauma amongst plastic surgery trainees and would be most grateful for your contribution.


Thank you!

Catherine de Blacam, SpR Plastic Surgery
James Clover, Lecturer Plastic Surgery, Cork University Hospital & University College Cork

BSSH Instructional Courses

BSSH Instructional Courses by plastauk

Tips and Tricks in Hand and Wrist Surgery

The Wrightington Upper Limb Unit is also running a "Tips and tricks course".

Over 20 talks on hot tips and tricks in all aspects of hand and wrist surgery. A strong emphasis will be based on the clinical problems and the faculty will share their experiences. Several key lectures by well known surgeons who will share their vast clinical experience with the audience.

5 demonstrations of new implants and surgical techniques will be available as parallel sessions.

As with all Wrightington courses the emphasis will be on learning in a fun and informal environment.

International: Dr Mark Rekant (USA), Dr Sudhir Warrier (India), Dr Amit Gupta (USA), Dr Sanjeev Kakar (USA), Dr Thybout Moojen (The Netherlands), Prof Jorg van Schoonhoven (Germany)

UK: Mr Danny Brown, Mr David Shewring, Professor David Warwick, Mr Livio Di Mascio, Mr Simon Knight, and Wrightington Staff.

Websites : www.wrightington.com (Education),

www.wwl.nhs.uk (Our hospitals, Wrightington, Forthcoming Courses)

Enquiries : Mavis Luya, Upper Limb Research,

Email - upperlimb@wrightington.org.uk Telephone: +44 (0) 1257 256248

Hand Diploma Revision Course

The Wrightington Upper Limb Unit is running an intensive two-day preparatory course aimed at candidates about to sit the British Hand Diploma examination and/or the European Board of Hand Surgery Diploma examination. 

The emphasis of the course is on clinical skill stations and viva practice under examination conditions. There are a number of key lectures, practical skill stations and open discussion tutorials. Faculty include surgeons who have successfully passed either or both diploma examinations as well as experienced Consultant Hand Surgeons.
Convenors: Mr Chye Yew Ng & Mr Sumedh Talwalkar

Specialist Registrar Post in Craniofacial Surgery

Click here for more details.

Applications are invited for a Specialist Registrar / Specialty Trainee placement in the sub-specialty of Craniofacial Surgery. The placement is for a period of 12 months from 1st July 2014 and is based at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham. This post is suitable for an experienced higher specialist trainee in Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery or Oral & Maxillofacial who has a clear and definite interest in Craniofacial Surgery.

The post has been approved by the SAC in all three specialties.

Further information may be obtained from Mr Martin Evans, Clinical Lead, Craniofacial Surgery at The Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Trust, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6NH, telephone 0121 333 8147.

The Postgraduate Dean confirms that this placement and/or programme has the required educational and Dean’s approval. The Training Programme is equally open to those who may, either from the outset or subsequently, wish to train less than full time. Applicants who wish to work less than full-time will be required to provide confirmation of their eligibility for less than full-time training from their current deanery prior to appointment. 

In order to apply for this post you will need to register with intrepid pathway. Please use the following link to gain access. https://secure.intrepidonline.co.uk/Pathway2013.

Online application portal opens : Friday, 27th September 9.30am
Closing date for on-line applications: 23:59hrs, Sunday 27th October 2013
Interviews are scheduled for Thursday, 28th November 2013 in Birmingham