President  Prof. Vijay Kumar

Prof. Vijay Kumar is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and a member of the Royal college of GP’s.He works in S.Yorkshire as a GP and Community surgical trainer. He has previous experience of working as a Breast, colorectal and laparoscopic Surgeon. He Provides a community based surgical service and assists in commissioning, training and Governance process on surgical services being set up locally and elsewhere in England. He has over 24 years of Experience in the NHS. He is passionate about Health care reform and has visited, observed and lectured in Changing healthcare Delivery in parts of Europe, America,Asia and the Middle East including recently in Washington DC. He was the lead GP on the Leadership Training for GP Consortia Development and leadership training for CCG chairs for the Yorkshire and Humber SHA.

He is the Chairman of the Royal Collge of GP’s – Yorkshire Facultry and is the Yorkshire Faculty Representative on the college national council.He is enthusuastic about the New models of Care Delivery and has been appointed as the Commissioning Lead of the College for Yorkshire. He is the council member onthe Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland( ASGBI) and is involved in supporting surgical training and quality delivery of surgical services nationally. He is further commissioned by the RCGP -Yorkshire Faculty to run the community level 1 and level 2 Surgery course and is its Current Course Director. He is also a Member of the American Academy of Family Practice and the NHS Leader of the year winner in 2015 (Yorkshire and Humber)



Vice President – Dr Jonathan Botting

Dr Jonathan Botting works in Barnes SW London as a GP and GP trainer. As well as community based minor surgery he is a dermatological surgeon at Chelsea & Westminster and Queen Mary’s Hospitals. He created and is Programme Director for the Diploma in Minor Surgery run by Rila. He is commissioned by the London Deanery to teach minor surgery to GP registrars and is the RCGP Clinical Champion for minor surgery.

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Vice President – Dr Soon Lim

Dr. Soon Lim carries out skin surgery and vasectomies in the community and is director of the RCGP minor surgery update and assessment programme for the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, East Anglia, Thames Valley and central Educational Events department of the college. He also writes medicolegal reports and advises legal chambers on the issue of competence in GP minor surgery.



 Former President – Dr Laurel Spooner

Dr Spooner stepped down as President of ASPC in May 2014 and has been succeeded by Dr Vijay Kumar.  She qualified from Cambridge University and has been a GP partner since 1984.  As it was so difficult to choose between a career in surgery or general practice she combined them. She is best known for performing around 10,000 vasectomies and training 100 or so doctors in the technique but actually she is convinced that ALL procedures which can be performed safely outside a hospital Day Case Unit should be. This was NHS policy but never carried out which is why so many brand new facilities still stand empty. She has campaigned for the last 10 years to get simple procedures moved out and at last Community Surgery  is developing in much the way Day Case Surgery has over the last 30 years. Both faced widespread misgivings but look at Day Case Surgery now!  Community Surgery is sure to succeed for all the reasons that Day Case Units have flourished: safety, cost effectiveness, patient preference and proper use of NHS facilities. Dr Spooner’s wish is to bring primary and secondary care staff together to manage this collaboratively.  She is happy to represent ASPC at any meetings or events and especially keen to assist Commissioners covering this area of health provision. 

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Council Member – Dr Tony Feltbower 

Dr Tony Fetbower is now semi-retired from general practice having been a GP for over 30 years, but still does 2 surgeries a week.  He has recently retired from his role as clinical leader on his local CCG.  He has been doing vasectomies for 20 years, perhaps 5,000 so far, and is registered as principal trainer with the FSRH, although now only ‘trains’ those who require their skills updating rather than from ‘scratch’.  He writes regular medico-legal reports (for solicitors, Defence Societies, GMC and Coroners) relating to GP negligence and also has an Occupational Health qualification.  Full details can be seen on his website:

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Council Member – Dr Gareth James

Dr Gareth James is a 3/4 time Senior Partner and Management Lead GP in Daventry, Northamptonshire.
He has undertaken over 2500 vasectomies (over 2000 via the MIV/NSV method).
He is passionate about audit and research, and has been the Audit lead for ASPC since it joined with BANSV. He was instrumental in setting up the standardised questionnaires for patients following their vasectomies allowing a wealth of data to be collected over the past 8 years.
He has also now put together Carpel tunnel patient surveys, and a more patient centrered Skin Surgery survey.
He runs the SurveyMonkey audit tool for the ASPC.
His interests include reading, listening to music, and following Welsh Rugby fortunes.


Dr Manu Alexander photo

Council Member – Dr Manu Alexander

Dr Manu Alexander is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Glasgow, works in Liverpool, as a GP principal and a primary care surgeon. He has previous experience working in general surgery and urology. He provides a community based surgical service for the population of Knowsley, Liverpool, for the last 11years .He does skin surgery and no scalpel vasectomy. He is keen to develop and provide  surgical services that are safe and cost effective in primary care.

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Founder & Past President – Mr Raj Dhumale

Mr Raj Dhumale commenced offering surgical services from a GP setting in 1994. He was the first GP surgeon to perform and offer hernia surgery as a routine elective service in the UK from the stand alone GP setting. He was awarded the ‘Doctor of the Year’ in 1997 for his innovative surgical service in Primary care. He is a member of the American and European Hernia Societies.


Almost all of the current ASPC council members (from left to right) : Soon Lim, Manu Alexander, Mohammed Hassan, Claire Darbyshire, Vijay Kumar, Laurel Spooner, Tony Feltbower and Gareth James