UK Thoracoscopy Course 2022

SKU: Thoracoscopy2022

UK Thoracoscopy Course 2022


22 September 2022

Education Centre
King’s Mill Hospital
NG17 4JL

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The UK Thoracoscopy Course is a postgraduate course run annually on one day and is now in its 18th year. It has been designed to educate both respiratory medicine consultants and registrars in the basics of thoracoscopy.  It complements the pleural diseases course, but is run by the team at King’s Mill Hospital.

The course has a strong hands-on practical component.  Delegates will be able to learn and practice thoracoscopic techniques.

In light of Covid-19, we will practice social distancing in the lecture theatre.  Appropriate PPE will be available for hands-on sessions.

The next course will take placeD at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield.  NG17 4JL

Thoracoscopy Course 2022

Draft Programme v1 March 22

0900 Introduction and indications Giles Cox
0915 Pleural anatomy Mark Roberts
0945 Practicalities, ambulatory and COVID-19 Eleanor Mishra
1015 Coffee
1045 How to do it Part 1 Naj Rahman
1130 Practical Session
1300 Lunch



1345 Semi-rigid thoracoscopy M Munavvar
1415 Safety and complications Nicola Downer
1445 Tea
1500 How to do it Part 2 and Advanced thoracoscopy Naj Rahman
1530 Practical session

1615 Feedback and questions

Course Organisers

Dr Giles Cox
Consultant Respiratory Physician, King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Dr Cox is the lead physician in lung cancer at King’s Mill Hospital and regularly performs medical thoracosopy as part of this service. He is in the process of developing a “one stop” service for the management of pleural effusions that includes early diagnosis with medical thoracoscopy and the therapeutic benefits of fluid drainage and pleurodesis.

Dr Nicola Downer
Consultant Respiratory Physician King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Dr Downer is a respiratory consultant with an interest in pleural disease and education. She has undergone training in thoracoscopy and is part of the BTS working party that has published guidelines on medical thoracoscopy. Most recently she has completed a M. Med Sci in medical education that included a dissertation on how to teach and assess competency in postgraduate clinical procedures.

Dr Mark Roberts
Consultant Respiratory Physician King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Dr Roberts is a respiratory physician with interests in lung cancer and pleural disease and regularly performs thoracoscopy. He was the first author on the recent BTS Guideline on the Management of a Malignant Pleural Effusion and also runs a pleural ultrasound course for respiratory trainees.

Course Instructor

Prof Najib Rahman
Consultant Respiratory Physician, University of Oxford
Prof Rahman is a consultant respiratory physician and previously worked as the pleural disease research fellow in Oxford. He has numerous publications in the field of pleural disease and was a lead researcher in the MIST 2 trial.

King’s Mill Conference Centre, Sutton-in-Ashfield. NG17 4JL


“Excellent course”, “Got much more than I expected” 2012

“The programme, teaching and organisation were all excellent” 2011

“I enjoyed the thoracoscopy course, it was very interesting and helpful” 2009

“A very interesting and informative course. All the speakers were excellent.” 2004

“Excellent enjoyable course, I particularly liked the plenty of time for discussion and humour” 2004

“A very good introduction to thoracoscopy” 2005

“It was very good. Rob Davies’ practical instruction was in particular very detailed and precise” 2005

“Useful course and very friendly” 2006

“Well balanced informative course” 2006