Dear Colleague,

At this time of a pandemic, our primary obligation and responsibility is towards the wellbeing of all individuals in our society, particularly our patients. The health and wellbeing of all healthcare professionals, from medical students to junior doctors to consultants, should not be compromised or taken for granted.

In line the Prime Minister's statement issued on Monday 16th March 2020, which has called for a reduction in non-essential travel and an increase in social distancing amongst individuals across the country, this event will not go ahead on Saturday 21st March 2020 and has been deferred to a future date.

On behalf of the organisers, we sincerely apologise for the disappointment and inconvenience that this might cause. As I am sure you can appreciate, the situation is completely unprecedented and unforeseen. We are reviewing the situation on a daily basis, in line with the Colleges, the hospitals, the WHO, and guidelines issued by the UK Government. Once the situation has settled, we will be able to provide the date of the rescheduled event.

The above measure has been put in place in order to prioritise the health and wellbeing of all concerned.

Thank you for your kind understanding in this regard.

Our thoughts are with our delegates and faculty as they strive to protect the nation at this challenging time.

We wish you good health in this difficult and challenging period.


The 3rd Annual National South West Plastic Surgery Conference, "Bringing Plastic Surgery Insight to the South West", will take place on Saturday 21st March 2020 at the Research Innovation Learning and Development Building (RILD), Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. It intends to provide delegates with an insight into the field of Plastic Surgery and its subspecialties.

The day will comprise of a series of keynote talks delivered by experts in the field, followed by workshops designed to inspire students and provide them with hands-on experience of surgical skills. Workshops will include suturing, wound debridement, tendon repair and excision of a lesion.

Aims and Objectives
  • To inspire a new generation of medical students and foundation-year doctors to embark upon a career in surgery.
  • To gain a deeper insight into the field of Plastic Surgery.
  • To overcome the barrier of access to Plastic Surgery opportunities in the South West and across the UK.
Fee, Date and Venue
  • Date : Saturday 21st March 2020
  • Time : 08:45 – 17:45 hours
  • Venue : Research Innovation Learning and Development (RILD), Barrack Road, Exeter EX2 5DW
  • Conference Fee : £12.00 (until 1159 hours on 2nd March 2020).
    £12.00 (Members – after 1200 hours on 2nd March 2020);
    £15.00 (Non-Members – after 1200 hours on 2nd March 2020).
  • No. of Places Available : 90
  • Suitable for : Medical Students and Foundation-Year Doctors interested in Surgical Training Programmes and Plastic Surgery.
  • Closing Date : Thursday 19th March 2020
Professor Vikram S Devraj
MBChB, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Plast), PGDip Clin Ed SFHEA

Associate Professor and Clinical Lead of the Anatomy Discipline Group and Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon
University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health, Exeter

Miss Katerina Anesti
MD, MRCS, FRCS (Plast)

Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Mount Stuart Hospital, Torquay

Mr Donald Sammut
FRCS, FRCS (Plast)

Consultant Hand Surgeon
Circle Bath Hospital, Bath

Mr John Palmer
MB BS, FRCS, FRCS (Plast Surg)

Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Exeter Nuffield and Taunton Nuffield Hospitals

Workshop Tutors
Mr Andrew Watts
MB BS, BSc, FRCS (Plast), MS

Consultant Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon
North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple

Dr Rachel Dbeis
BM BS, MbyRes

Senior House Officer in Plastic Surgery
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter

Dr Eshan Mazumdar
MBChB, MMedSci

Core Trainee in General Surgery
University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff

Dr Melissa-Rose Bennett Trust

Senior House Officer and Research Fellow in General Surgery
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter

Abstract Submission

Abstract submissions for the poster presentation competition are welcome. Any quality improvement projects, research, case reports and literature reviews focusing on any field of surgery and dermatology are welcome. Please submit a well-written abstract of no more than 250 words to Abstract submissions must be received no later than 2359 hours on 24th February 2020.

Organising Committee
  • Honorary President: Professor Vikram S Devaraj
  • Conference Chair: Miss Shivani Mahapatra
  • Treasurer: Miss Harsha Sinha
  • Secretary: Mr Yousef Elziki
  • Lecture Lead: Miss Georgia Bruno
  • Lecture Lead: Miss Phoebe Parker
  • Workshop Lead: Miss Alexandra Sebastiao
  • Workshop Lead: Mr Nick Chiu
  • Design and Media Lead: Mr Thibagaran Baskaran
  • Graphics Lead: Miss Hazel Awarah
  • Catering Lead: Mr Aris Alexiadis
  • Advertising Team: Miss Harriet Flashman, Mr Preston Cyrus, Miss Anna Richards, Miss Ieva Jakaite