PCSA’s Summer Newsletter and Conference Details

PCSA’s Members’ Newsletter Summer 2017

Dear Member,

Conference season has come around again and your Committee will have a lot to report at the AGM on Sept. 30th. See the 2nd page of this newsletter for the conference program. We would encourage you to book early as places are filling up fast. There is a 15% discouun for PCSA members if you book before 1/9/17. To book please use this form Booking Form Sept 17 = V2 = Tralee

There has been a hiatus in the roll out of the ICGP Accreditation Programme and some disatisfaction with the lack of a follow-on to the very successful Pilot Community Based Surgery Programme. This is not anybody’s fault but reflects the need to agree a funding model with the HSE, which has inevitably become tied upin the wider GMS contract talks. These will take some time, but community surgery has been discussed at an early stage. I am condifent that the new contract will both encourage all practices to retain surgical services but also provide for service developments that could enhance patient access and safety. We hope to see the recognised involvement of GPs in providing procedures such as skin cancer work, vasectomy and perhaps cultural circumcision.

Meanwhile, we are very actively promoting work that underpins such developments, including our expanding Community Based Surgical Audit, our vcollaboration with the ICGP on the iPCRN, the NCCP Guideline Development Group and with the HSE in relation to vasectomy, cultural circumcision and skin


The scientific programme at this year’s conference will reflect these and other strands of our activity. The AGM will include a discussion of the proposed Primary Care Surgical Network of practices sharing a common approach to service development and commercialisation. The AGM will also see the election of of various officers including the Chair and Secretary positions.

I want to thank my fellow Committee members for their ongoing enthusiasm and committment to our work and you, our membersfor your support and engagement since our foundation in 2012.

Here’s hoping to see you in Tralee next month!

Niall Maguire

Chairman (087 97 28793) (niallpmaguire@yahoo.com)

Contacts: Dr Niall Maguire, Chairman at niallpmaguire@yahoo.com, Dr David Buckley, PCSA Secretary at info@asctralee.com or via www.PCSA.ie, Dr David O Connell (Membership Secretary,) Dr Paul McElhinney (Webmaster) Dr Christy O Rourke (Treasurer)
Dr Frank O Leary (PRO) Dr Mukesh Lalloo, Dr Cormac O Dubhghaill, Dr Sylvia McKenna ,Dr Tony O’Sullivan, Dr Mark McCormick,
Dr Ernan Gallagher, Dr Shastri Persad, Dr. Enda Devitt.

Your committee met on December 10th 2016 and continues to attend important meetings with external organisations to advance our aims and objectives.



Please click on this link or past in your browser each time you receive a discharge letter on a referred patient. We need to monitor hospital performance. The survey takes about two minutes.


Audit, research, case-series, innovations, work in progress.

€500 for best paper & €200 for best poster. niallpmaguire@yahoo.com before Sept 14th

Join or Renew Membership?
Register/Payment page www.pcsa.ie or contact membership secretary davoconnell@rcsi.ie €100 pa.
(50% reduction for Trainees and Nurses)

Do visit the new PCSA website and join in educational case discussions, read guideline documents, contribute to news and information on education, research, audit and service


Dr Mukesh Lalloo represented the PCSA at the Annual Conference of our sister association at Leamington Spa in May. Dr Jonathan Botting and Prof Vijay Kumar will make a return visit to our conference in September.

Website logon problems? Some members have had a difficulty with accessing the new website since our upgrade.Please email Paul , our webmaster who will endeavour to resolve any issues.The new site is worth the wait! Thanks for your

forebearance. mcelhinp@tcd.ie

Cryosurgery Masterclass and 6th Annual Scientific Meeting and AGM

Date: Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September 2017
Venue: The Rose Hotel, Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland. www.therosehotel.com

Friday – 29th September 2017- Cryosurgery Masterclass


Welcome and Introduction

Dr Niall Maguire

9.30am- 10:00am

History of cryosurgery + method of cell death

Dr Paola Pasquali

10 – 10:30am

Cryogens + equipment

Dr David Buckley


Patient selection + indications

Dr Paola Pasquali


Tea + coffee / meet the sponsors


Technique + complications

Dr Paola Pasquali


Nurse lead cryosurgery

Dr David Buckley


Genital warts

Prof Colm O ‘Mahony

1- 1:30pm

Teledermatology for pre and post op care

Dr Paola Pasquali


Registration for PCSA annual scientific meeting


UK National Community Surgery Audit

Dr Jonathon Botting

3- 3:30pm

Genital lesions and rashes

Prof Colm O ‘Mahony


Rotating Workshops – pick two

  1. Cryo for wart/verruca/actinic keratosis
  2. Tissue viability + wound healing science
  3. Sebaceous cysts and lipomas
  4. Cryo for NMSC + keloids

Dr David Buckley
Mari O Connor, Tissue Viability Nurse. Dr Jonathan Botting Dr Paola Pasquali


Gala dinner + guest speaker

Prof Colm O ‘Mahony

Saturday 30th September 2017: PCSA annual scientific meeting.




Basic session:


Benign tumours of the skin

Dr Shastri Persad


Elliptical excision+ layered closure

Dr Niall Maguire


Setting up a primary care surgical clinic.

Dr David O Connell

Experienced session:

9 – 9.30am

Dermoscopy for BCCs

Dr Jonathan Botting

9:30 – 10am

NMSC on the head and neck.

Dr Billy O Connor

10 – 10:30am

Suspicious pigmented lesions.

Mr James Clover


Keynote address:
“See and Treat” the future of community based surgery.

Prof Paul Ridgway, Prof surgery, TCD

11:30 – 1pm

Ross Ardill papers + prize



Chair Dr Niall Maguire


Rotating Workshops:
Each one hour long – pick two

  1. Vasectomy(beginners=3-4pm; experienced vasectomists = 4-5pm)
  2. Closing wounds without sutures: Glues, staples, secondary intention,
  3. My favourite suture techniques
  4. Simple flaps

Dr Richard Look-Tong

Dr Shastri Persad Dr Enda Devitt Mr James Clover


Close of meeting

External CPD credits and GMS study leave entitlements.
We recommend you book early, as spaces are limited. For further information contact the conference secretary: Olive at e mail: reception@theashestreetclinic.com Tel 066 7125611  Fax 066 7122626

Audit: The first round of the CBSx Audit is complete. Round two follows in the autumn. If you use Health.one join for round two and three? niallpmaguire@yahoo.comand Conference


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