Friday, 22 November 2021

RSM - Osteomyelitis and Periprosthetic Infections - Mr Henk Giele

See the flyer below for more details regarding the upcoming talk on Osteomyelitis and Periprosthetic Infections by Mr Henk Giele on Tuesday 10th December.

If you wish to submit a relevant case report contact Ibby Younis.
Include title, speaker, position, authors and institution. Presentations should be no longer than 3 minutes. 

Osteomyelitis and Periprosthetic Infections - Flyer

Thursday, 21 November 2021

The Plasta Guide to Dublin

For many of you visiting Dublin next week for the BAPRAS/IAPS winter meeting this may be your first visit to Ireland.
Firstly, commiserations on having had such empty lives up to now.
Secondly, having spent 6 years missing out on an education whilst ostensibly being a medical student in Dublin allow me to guide you to some places worth visiting.

The predominance of pubs in this little potted tour really shouldn't be dwelt on too much.

There may be a little Plasta pub crawl on wednesday evening after the drinks reception (or warmup act as I like to think of it). Look out for the thirsty looking folk with a steely eyed focus on visiting some fine Dublin hostelries and do come along.

View PLASTA Guide to Dublin in a larger map

Wednesday, 20 November 2021

Canniesburn Courses 2014

Course Ad 2014 V2

Hand & Wrist Mini Fragment Fracture Fixation Workshops Feb 2014

Draft Flyer

Application 2

Monday, 18 November 2021

Breast TIG Fellowship Update

Dear Colleagues

As promised there has been considerable ongoing negotiation whilst the SAC in Plastic Surgery withdrew its support for the Breast Interface Group as a result of well documented grievances.

Today I met along with the following:-

Davinder Sandhu - Lead Postgraduate Dean for TIG fellowships
Graeme Perks - President BAPRAS
Kieran Horgan - President ABS
Sallie Nicholas - Lead for JCST
Anne Tansley - current Chair Breast TIG group
Chris Caddy - past Chair Breast TIG group
Gareth Griffiths - Chair General Surgery SAC

I am delighted to say that there was an extremely helpful and constructive dialogue.
To summarise:-

1) The recruitment round for the Breast fellowships will go ahead in 2014.

2) Three slots will be reserved for Plastic Surgery trainees, 3 slots for General Surgery trainees and 3 slots for those based on merit from either specialty in 2014.

3) BAPRAS and ABS will meet early in 2014 to discuss exactly what the NHS requires in terms of a Breast Surgeon and a Breast Surgery Unit. My line in the sand is that any Plastic Surgery trainee who does one of these fellowships must be eligible for any Oncoplastic Consultant post if not involving General Surgery on-call.

4) Once the above in (3) has been decided myself and Gareth Griffiths will set about getting a joint curriculum to be approved by the GMC

5) There will be much tighter entry and exit criteria for the fellowships that will be individualised to either specialty. PLASTA members must not think of this fellowship as a microsurgical finishing school as it most definitely will not be for that as it will be expected Plastic Surgery trainees will concentrate on ablative techniques/clinics. If you wish to bring your microsurgery skills to an expert level then you will need to do another fellowship for that.

6) To ease planning of fellowships from 2015 onwards there will be proleptic appointments at least a year in advance. The current system is designed for trainees to sit the exam at the start of ST7 to allow you 2 years to concentrate on whatever sub-specialty you seek to follow. There is then sufficient time for you to do a TIG fellowship, a further fellowship in microsurgery whether that be in the UK or abroad and still get all your CCT indicative logbook numbers. Please remember the TIG fellowship as long as you start it even one day before your CCT will then automatically put your CCT back to the end of your TIG fellowship i.e. you can effectively extend your training by one year.

7) There will be a portfolio station to take into account your achievements in Breast Surgery from 2014 onwards

8) There will be longlisting from 2014 onwards so as to ensure no-one slips through the net

9) There will be equality of questions between ablation and reconstruction from 2014 onwards - I personally will have a final say on the questions used to ensure fair play.

10) BAPRAS and ABS will set up early in 2014 a joint meeting for members of PLASTA and the Mammary Fold at which it will be discussed what is expected for these fellowships in terms of papers, presentations, research etc How the interview process will run and what is expected of you in the fellowships. Anyone considering applying in 2014 or even in the future must attend so as to get the best careers advice available.

The rest as they say is up to you as the trainees. The trainers have worked hard to get to this stage on your behalf.
I was ably assisted today by Chris Caddy, Steve McCulley, Iain MacKay, Joe O'Donoghue and Simon Wood for which I am most grateful. I am obviously not a Breast Surgeon but in the first instance I suggest any career advice as regards Breast Surgery should go through these 5 Consultants as they are intimately involved in the Breast TIG process and they are keen to assist.

I would be delighted to discuss at the BAPRAS meeting in Dublin if there was a need to do so but I cannot reiterate enough it is now time for Plastic Surgery trainees in the UK to step up to the plate and apply for these fellowships if they are to be taken seriously as Breast Surgeons of the future and indeed for Plastic Surgery to be even involved in the sub-specialty - in essence I am looking for the next generation of leaders within our specialty to ensure Plastic Surgery maintains a foothold in this fascinating sub-specialty.

For those of you more interested in Head & Neck no planned date for a meeting has yet been set but it is likely to be Jan/Feb 14 and I fully expect to have a similar positive outcome.


Aidan Fitzgerald

Thursday, 14 November 2021


£30,002 - £47,175 p.a excl. of London Zone
Full-time, Fixed-term

2 posts

- 1 post starting 1st August 2014 until 31st July 2015 (12 months)
- 1 post starting 1st August 2015 until 31st July 2016 (12 months)

Applications are invited from individuals seeking specialist training in Skin cancer surgery as applied to Plastic surgery in the UK. The Plastic Surgery Department at Guy’s and St Thomas’ performs a wide range of resections and reconstructive procedures for skin cancers, including over 80 sentinel node biopsies per year. The workload principally involves wider excisions of skin cancers in all parts of the body, scalp, nose, ear, cheek and eyelid reconstructions following Mohs’ micrographic surgery, as well as axillary, groin and pelvic dissections. The management of the skin cancer patient from single T1 tumours to complex cases with recurrence or multiple co-morbidities will be an integral part of the training scheme, and exposure to all aspects of skin cancer treatment including non-surgical care. Opportunities exist to observe laser treatments, complex reconstruction for advanced skin cancers, neck dissections and free flap reconstructions. 

Fellowships are for one year, with the emphasis on clinical exposure to multi-disciplinary management. You will gain excellent training in both clinic and theatre, with the aim of training you to assess, perform and manage a range of skin cancers working alongside the department’s three skin cancer specialists. Fellows will need to complete one audit cycle every six months and be responsible for some training teaching of the junior members of the team and rotating medical students from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ medical school (usually 3). In addition, you will be expected to assist in the provision of the trauma service at St Thomas’ Hospital. Collaborations and research with the skin tumour labs and other national and international trials are also encouraged.

Due to the clinical demands of this post, it is ideally aimed at individuals who have completed their FRCS (Plast), or who are post-accreditation, but seeking further specialist training, and those working towards consultant posts. The aim is to provide the fellow with the leadership skills and knowledge that will allow them to be an integral member of a developing specialist skin multidisciplinary team. The post is recognised for training as part of the SPR Plastics training scheme by the UK Plastics SAC.

Further information can be obtained from either:

- Mrs Jenny Geh, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, 020 7188 5130
- Mr Ciaran Healy, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, 020 7188 5137
- Mr Alastair MacKenzie Ross, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, 020 7188 9861

For further information and to apply online, please go to

Closing date: 24/11/2013, by midnight. 

Wednesday, 13 November 2021

Trainee Members for BFIRST committee

The committee seeks to provide co-ordinated plastic surgical aid to developing countries, in specific training surgeons abroad and through visiting fellowships to the UK, providing disaster relief and providing services in countries without plastic surgeons.

It is currently in the process of establishing a new charity, allied to BAPRAS, with the aim of raising funds for long-term projects.
The trainee members will be fully involved in the work of the committee.

If you are at least ST4 and are interested please send one page CV and 200 words statement on how you would contribute to the committee chair Ms. Barbara Jemec

Friday, 8 November 2021

Prof. Simon Kay at the RSM

There are still a few slots available for relevant case presentations at the RSM this coming Tuesday.

If interested email Ibby Younis 

Hand transplantation flyer.pdf

Monday, 4 November 2021

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

Mr Graeme Perks, BAPRAS President, has pointed me in the direction of this fascinating piece by Colonel Chris Hadfield, the Canadian astronaut, and suggested I share it with the Plasta community.

It's an excellent listen by the man responsible for this:

Listen in here:

Friday, 1 November 2021

APTOS in Tiblisi

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress

RACS Annual Scientific Congress 
ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting
May 5 - 9, 2014
Sands Expo and Convention Center
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
  • Welcome
  • Scientific Program
  • Flights & Accommodation
  • Venue & Destination
  • Sponsorship & Exhibition
ANZCA Welcome  |   ANZCA Committee  |   ANZCA Speakers
RACS Welcome    |   RACS Committee     |   RACS Visitors
Invitation from the Presidents and Dean
We are delighted to invite you to Singapore for the combined Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Annual Scientific Congress (ASC) and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). This innovative meeting will explore the important theme ‘Working together for our patients’. The convenors and the organising committees have developed a remarkable scientific program to engage and involve you.
The organising committees from both Colleges have embraced the opportunity to work collaboratively to develop a meeting which allows surgeons, anaesthetists, pain medicine physicians and trainees to join together for both the academic and social programs, ensuring the 2014 ASM and ASC will be memorable meetings for all who attend.
The program includes joint plenaries, sessions of interest for both surgeons and anaesthetists, as well as over 40 joint concurrent sessions across both programs, many with participants from both Colleges, and the Faculty of Pain Medicine sharing their insights into clinical problems affecting all groups. The program will be enriched by leading speakers from Asia, Eurpore, North America, Australia and New Zealand.
Hosted at an iconic Singapore venue, the Sands Expo and Convention Center, delegates will experience the highest level of Asian hospitality and appreciate the cosmopolitan atmosphere of this vibrant multicultural city. An impressive social program will be an opportunity for us to meet more informally as friends and colleagues and celebrate this unique meeting and venue. A combined Welcome Reception will open the meeting, and an extraordinary Gala Dinner will fittingly close it in spectacular style.
FPM Scientific Convenor Dr Lewis Holford has also developed an exciting program for the Faculty of Pain Medicine Refresher Course Day on Sunday, May 4. The theme of this meeting will be ‘Pain at the cutting edge: surgery and pain’.
Our thanks are extended to our colleagues in the healthcare industry for their generous support of both the ASM and ASC.
Congratulations to all Fellows and others who have dedicated their time and expertise for what promises to be an outstanding scientific meeting for both Colleges and the Faculty of Pain Medicine.
We look forward to welcoming you in spectacular Singapore from May 5 to 9, 2014 for this unique, memorable and collaborative meeting.
Associate Professor Michael Hollands
Dr Lindy Roberts
Associate Professor Brendan Moore
RACS President
ANZCA President
FPM Dean
  • ANZCA Call for Abstracts
  • RACS Call for Abstracts

Chang Gung Symposium in Reconstructive Surgery

Plasta Committee Positions Vacant

After two years of hard graft in the service of the Plasta committee a number of our committee members are stepping down.

Take a bow Deborah Foong, Daniel Saleh, Claudia Malic, and Robert Winterton!

This leaves us with 4 vacancies on the Plasta committee which we are looking to fill before our forthcoming AGM in Dublin.

Any trainee who holds an NTN may apply for these positions, with the exception of Exam Rep where the candidate must have an NTN and have been awarded FRCS(Plast).

The positions vacant are Secretary, ASiT Rep, Exam Rep, and a newly rebranded role as TIG/Fellowship Rep.

Any trainee interested in taking on these roles should let us know at by Sunday 10th November.
Applicants should be willing to take on the roles for a 2 year period.

Brief outlines of the roles:

Should be primary point of contact with the Plasta committee. 
Engage in bulk of correspondence and regularly update website.
Also coordinate monthly email to members.

Liaise with ASiT and represent the views of Plasta on council of ASiT. Provide ASiT related updates to Plasta website and email.

Liaise with BAPRAS SIG chairs and TIG members to ensure future direction of TIG fellowships optimal for plastics trainees.
Also begin to build a fellowship database on the Plasta website.

Exam Rep:
Represent Plasta at the Intercollegiate exam board meetings. Must hold FRCS(Plast).

Plasta AGM - Wednesday 27th November

The Plasta AGM will take place at lunchtime on Wednesday 27th November during the BAPRAS meeting in Dublin.

If any trainees have issues they would like discussed please contact us at

We will publish a full agenda closer to the time of the meeting.

I would strongly encourage all trainees present to attend the AGM.

Shape of Training Review

The Shape of Training Review released it's vision for the future of medical training in the UK.
A truly dystopian future awaits us it seems!

Key messages in the report:

  • Patients and the public need more doctors who are capable of providing general care in broad specialties across a range of different settings. This is being driven by a growing number of people with multiple co-morbidities, an ageing population, health inequalities and increasing patient expectations.
  • We will continue to need doctors who are trained in more specialised areas to meet local patient and workforce needs.
  • Postgraduate training needs to adapt to prepare medical graduates to deliver safe and effective general care in broad specialties.
  • Medicine has to be a sustainable career with opportunities for doctors to change roles and specialties throughout their careers.
  • Local workforce and patient needs should drive opportunities to train in new specialties or to credential in specific areas.
  • Doctors in academic training pathways need a training structure that is flexible enough to allow them to move in and out of clinical training while meeting the competencies and standards of that training.
  • Full registration should move to the point of graduation from medical school, provided there are measures in place to demonstrate graduates are fit to practise at the end of medical school. Patients’ interests must be considered first and foremost as part of this change.
  • Implementation of the recommendations must be carefully planned on a UK-wide basis and phased in. This transition period will allow the stability of the overall system to be maintained while reforms are being made.
  • A UK-wide Delivery Group should be formed immediately to oversee the implementation of the recommendations.