Inaugural East Grinstead ‘Perforator, Advanced Microvascular and Preplanning’

NFORC Clinical Advisor, Jag Dhanda, has organised the ‘Form and Function’ series of courses. The first three day course titled ‘East Grinstead Perforator, Advanced Microvascular and Preplanning’ took place on 15th to 17th January 2018 and was extremely well received.

The following introduction video includes a compilation of the 30 videos utilised for the three day course:

Feedback from delegates

Delegate feedback from the course:

Sussanah Eves, Plastics Fellow (ST3), Bristol:
“I just wanted to write to say thank you very much an excellent 3 days. What a huge amount of work it must have taken to design and create a course of such high calibre – and it was really evident. I hope you are very pleased and proud with how it went.
The resources were excellent – from the use of videos, faculty knowledge and input, presentations, and facilities for microvascular practise and cadaver dissection.
It was brilliant to have an opportunity to develop pedicle dissection and soft tissue skills, with the assist of faculty to improve technical ability, and proficiency.
There was so much thought into all the elements that are required to be a good assistant / microvascular surgeon – highlighting the preparation, planning, set up which is not always explicitly talked through.
As I want to pursue head and neck surgery, I valued the opportunity to work with and learn from the maxillofacial team, and integrate with our complementary specialities.
Thank you for a very valuable learning opportunity!
I’ll hopefully return again – when I’m a few years more senior!”


Andrew Camilleri, Senior Consultant, Luton and Dunstable:
“Thank you very much for organising what I considered to be an excellent course on perforator dissection. I had a very enjoyable time and I took away a lot of useful information.

I found it very helpful both for picking up tips on how to make my own ALT flap raising more efficient but also as a very thorough introduction to the MSAP flap. I feel confident that I can go ahead and tackle one of these on the back of what I learnt on the course..your tips about vessel preparation crystallised what I try and do in a very succinct way and I have already used that with one  of my trainees to good effect.
I have already recommended you to my colleagues and trainees.”

Clare Schilling, HN Fellow, St Georges:
Wow Jag congratulations on the course. It was superb! I can’t imagine how much work went into putting that together. Really impressive.

“Really excellent course, huge amount of preparation and organisation evident, highly recommended

Fantastic faculty, excellent pre-course information, better than many courses including maps, if restaurants could be announced earlier this would allow booking hotels nearer. Third day reduce lectures/condense to increase time spent on cadavers. Three days perfect length. ALT and MSAP very valuable and excellent discussion of perforator dissection techniques.

As a plastics trainee, I wondered if this may not be relevant but in fact it was all of importance and all aspects covered the interdisciplinary elements of head and neck reconstruction. Limbs and things vessels were good, not perfect but the best simulated vessels I have used, good elasticity. Excellent value. Excellent course, I would definitely recommend to all plastics trainees. Excellent videos of techniques and good amount of information presented before each flap. The amount of food and breaks felt about right, good sponsorship, particularly good having headlights, couplers and Stryker fibula kit.

Addressed areas in plastics curriculum which are rarely well sufficiently taught. Systematic protocols which simplifies techniques/approaches more clearly than when I have been previously shown. Simulation vessels/chicken model good combination as protocol for chicken quicker than others to access vessels and limb and things vessels much better than other silicone ones I have used. Anatomy/operative steps would be more clearly signposted for cadaveric dissection, helpful to have steps on a board in dissection room and anatomy delineated more alongside the videos.”

Future ‘Form and Function’ Events

4th September 2018 – Form and Function 2
‘Ablation and free flap insetting, perspectives for head and neck reconstruction’

25th September 2018 – Form and Function 3
‘Oral rehabilitation with dental implants for the oncological patient, surgical and restorative perspectives in head and neck reconstruction’