UpcomingUK Thoracoscopy Course (16th)


The UK Thoracoscopy Course is a postgraduate course run annually on one day and is now in its 16th 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.

The course is approved through the Royal College of Physicians (London) for 6 CPD points.


UK Thoracoscopy timetable 2016


Introduction (Dr Nicky Downer)

Indications for thoracoscopy (Dr Giles Cox)

Thoracoscopy video (Dr Mark Roberts)

Thoracoscopy cases – pleural appearances (Dr Mark Roberts)

Thoracoscopy – How to do it (Dr Naj Rahman)

Practical session – Thoracoscopy technique


Thoracoscopy cases (Dr Mark Roberts)

Semi-rigid thoracoscopy (Dr M Munavvar)

Complications overview and cases (Dr Nicky Downer)

Practical session – biopsies and talc poudrage


“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


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

Dr Najib Rahman
Consultant Respiratory Physician, Churchill Hospital Oxford
Dr 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.


  • UK Thoracoscopy Course
    14th March 2019
    09:00 - 17:00
Details Price Qty
Delegateshow details + £300.00 (GBP)  / bundle  Sold Out
The Member discount (£260.00 (GBP)) is available to members only. Sold Out


Venue Website:

King's Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, NG17 4JL, United Kingdom


This venue is located at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield.  NG17 4JL