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HealthCert: Postgraduate Diploma of Minor Surgery

Dear Health Professional,


Rila Institute of Health Sciences, London is pleased to offer APCL (Accreditation of Prior Learning) for some of the HealthCert Professional programmes, enabling you to study Postgraduate Medical Diploma programmes leading to a formal clinical academic award from the leading UK University; University of Plymouth (PU) Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry (UK) in collaboration with its partner the Rila Institute of Health Sciences. The APCL enables accreditation and therefore exemption of ~ 40% of chosen Postgraduate Diploma programme. These are resource based Diplomas using an eLearning platform (online reading, formative assessments, video clips, case scenarios…) and regular contact with specialists through facilitated interactive webinars. You will have to attend for the Final summative examination, which will be held in Perth, Australia, and sit the components of the Modules of your chosen pathway as indicated in the pathway grids below. You are exempt from the initial workshop sessions. The grid/flowchart provides an at glance summary of the pathway for these Postgraduate clinical academic awards that have international recognition.


Programme Calendar UK 2017/18

HealthCert APCL syllabus must complete the appropriate components marked * or ** or ***

NB: All deadlines for submitting tests must be strictly adhered to.
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You have an option to participate in Module 2 or Module 3, as appropriate for your APCL, but do not need to sit the final examination in that module.

*Module 1: Core/Generic Medical Skills

Deadline: 30th November (complete all topic tests and mini test 1 for module 1)

  • Topic 1 Determinants of health
  • Topic 2. Lifestyle & Health: Substance misuse, diet, exercise, smoking
  • Topic 3. Identification of risk factors
  • Topic 4. Nutrition & Health
  • Topic 5. Breaking bad news

Now complete Mini Test 1

*Final summative Examination of Module 1 at end of course

**Module 2: Advances in Minor Surgery

Deadline: 30th April: reading topics & assessments and 2 reflective cases of Module 2. You are advised to pace yourself using the suggested deadlines below

Part 1. Deadline 30th November: Assessment 1 of Module 2 to be completed

  • Anatomy of the Skin
  • Healing & Scarring
  • Keloid & Hypertrophic scars
  • Problem areas for Minor Surgery
  • Local Anaesthetic Agents
  • Practical Anaesthesia
  • Minimising scars

  • Basic Incisions
  • Basic Suturing
  • Sutures and other skin closures
  • History of Sutures
  • Haemostatic process
  • Haemostasis

Part 2. Deadline 30th December: Assessment 2 of Module 2 to be completed

  • Minor Surgery Consent
  • Advanced Suture techniques
  • Cryotherapy
  • Curettage
  • Electrosurgery
  • NMSC introduction (Non melanoma skin cancers)
  • NMSC introduction (Epidermal skin tumours)
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinomas

  • Malignant Melanoma
  • Benign Naevi
  • Seborrhoeic Keratoses
  • Viral warts
  • Epidermal Naevi – Naevus Sebaceous
  • Epidermal Naevi – Becker’s naevus
  • Acrochordon
  • Pre-malignant conditions – Keratoacanthoma, Actinic Keratosis, Bowens Disease

Part 3. Deadline 30th January: Assessment 3 of Module 2 to be completed

  • Sterilisation
  • Health & Safety
  • Minimising risk
  • Minor Surgery Equipment
  • Epidermoid Cysts
  • Lipoma

  • Ganglions
  • Meibomian Cysts
  • Sebaceous Cysts
  • Mucous cysts
  • Various cysts
  • The Operating Process

Part 4. Deadline 28th January: Assessment 4 of Module 2 to be completed

  • Histological Terms
  • Histological Handling Transport and Reports
  • Skin hooks
  • Pre-operative care
  • Post-operative care
  • Sites with particular problems

  • Three and four point sutures
  • Advanced excision techniques – M-plasty
  • Dog Ears
  • Staff Requirements Training
  • Patient Issues

Part 5. Deadline 30th March: Assessment 5 of Module 2 to be completed

  • Bartholin Cyst & Abscess
  • Milia
  • Toenail surgery

  • Xanthelasma
  • Managing complications
  • Needle Stick Injuries

Part 6. Deadline: Assessment 6 of Module 2 to be completed

  • Audit
  • Significant event analysis
  • Teaching
  • Indemnity
  • Cryo-anaesthesia

  • No Scalpel Vasectomy
  • Nerve block (Ring Block or Field Block)
  • Simple Flaps
  • Radio frequency surgery
  • Guidance on Skin Cancer Services

**Final summative Examination of Module 2 at end of course

***Module 3: Clinical Practice in Minor Surgery

Deadline: 30th April (Complete Mini test 7 and 1 reflective case)

This module extends on and applies the knowledge and skills of Modules 1 and 2 and focuses on the clinical application of this knowledge for patient care and disease management.

Complete Mini test 7

***Final summative Examination of Module 3 at end of course

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