Minor skin surgery practice (degree level)

Key features

This 20 credit degree-level module is a practical skin surgery course for registered nurses working in dermatology secondary or primary care. The module delivers face to face learning with practical competency assessments by a local mentor in the work place. There are four taught days and the module runs over five months to allow portfolio development.

You will be taught

  • what facilities and equipment is required for outpatient skin surgery
  • how to assess the patient pre-operatively and how to plan the practical aspects of skin surgical treatment
  • and how to care and advise the patient in the immediate post-operative phase.

You will be able to carry out diagnostic skin biopsy and skin cancer treatments under local anaesthetic, as well as curettage and cautery, punch biopsy and incisional biopsies. A range of suturing techniques are covered – interrupted suture, figure of 8 haemostatic suture, interlocking, running, mattress and pulley. Cryosurgical skin treatments with liquid nitrogen are also taught.

This module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some of our BSc (Hons) Professional Development pathways - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

This module is delivered by Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with University of Plymouth.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 6 - bachelors degree


Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Module dates

Please contact the Education Co-ordinator for the trust offering the module (see 'How to apply' for contact details)