Mr. Andy Pay FRCS (Plast), Consultant Plastic Surgeon
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Welcome to this website; I hope that you will find the content and Links useful. I am a senior Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the management of all types of Skin Cancer. I deal not only with localised straight forward lesions but also complex metastatic disease and all manifestations of skin cancer on the spectrum between.
I have over 20 years of experience in the specialty having trained mainly in the UK, but also in New Zealand and Australia in this field. I work closely with colleagues from other specialties to achieve the best balanced care for patients with this condition. I am a member of the Thames Valley Skin Cancer Network advisory team for the management of Skin Cancer. I regularly lecture to Patient groups on Self surveillance and sun protection with respect to the diagnosis of Melanoma. I am a member of the National Charity Group; Melanoma Focus. I have written guidance articles on the management of Melanoma for the British Medical Association.
About Mr Pay and His Work
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
When considering Plastic Surgery, there is no substitute for a member of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS – formerly known as BAPS). Founded in 1946, BAPRAS is the governing and representative body for Plastic and Aesthetic surgery in this country. Its main aims are to “relieve sickness, protect and preserve Public Health by the promotion and development of Plastic Surgery”. Another significant and principle aim of the Association is to “advance education in Plastic Surgery”. The Association holds scientific meetings, runs training courses and awards scholarships and grants. It owns the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (JPRAS) – formerly the British Journal of Plastic Surgery.
In order to be a Consultant in this demanding and highly competitive speciality in this country and become a full member of BAPRAS or BAAPS, individuals will generally have qualified as a doctor, then trained as a ‘general’ surgeon, obtaining higher professional qualifications as they progress. Ultimately after a lengthy ‘apprenticeship’ in a formal training programme, (Usually about 8 years for Plastic Surgery) surgeons sit a professional “exit” examination, administered by the Intercollegiate Board of Surgeons (covering the whole of the UK). This entitles them to have the letters FRCS (Plast) to be placed after their name. Thereafter surgeons are able to apply for entry onto the Specialist Register in Plastic Surgery with the General Medical Council (GMC).
Furthermore, NHS Consultant posts in Plastic Surgery are limited in number and are awarded only by competitive and stringent selection processes. Specialists in Plastic and Cosmetic surgery are continually and regularly assessed for clinical and professional competence on a yearly basis and have to continue to demonstrate progression in standards of professional and clinical competence by means of an appraisal process.
All of this lengthy process ensures the highest standards are maintained in the speciality, so patients can be assured of the highest standards of professional care when seeing their chosen consultant.
My Practice Philosophy is quite simple – to provide the highest professional standards of care to my patients in a relaxed and efficient manner, in the best professional environment available.
I offer a personal, bespoke service along your care pathway – from initial consultation, where I will endeavour to give you up to date, professional and accurate advice, through the operation if this is the correct pathway and on to a personal aftercare service, where, in conjunction with other health care professionals, I will personally ensure you receive the highest possible standards of care to deliver the best possible results.
Mr Andy Pay graduated from St George’s Hospital, London in 1988. He trained in Plastic Surgery in Stoke Mandeville, Salisbury, Bristol and Oxford and received further specialist training in Cosmetic/Aesthetic Surgery during a fellowship period at the Wellington Hospital, London.
He has travelled extensively abroad and undertook further subspecialist training during 2001 and 2002 in New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong, developing his interests, mainly in the management of Melanoma and other skin cancers, soft tissue tumours and vascular anomalies.
Mr Pay was granted the certificate in Higher Surgical training and entered onto the General Medical Council (GMC) specialist register after passing the National Plastic Surgery examination FRCS (Plast) in first place, gaining the McGregor Gold Medal.
He was appointed as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon in the NHS in 2002 at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford a joint position with The Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading.
He has developed a particular subspecialist interest and and is very experienced in skin cancer, particularly Melanoma, but also in the management of SCC, BCC and other skin tumours.
He has considerable experience of general plastic reconstructive surgery and vascular anomalies. He has frequently lectured on all aspects of Plastic Surgery, and has continued his personal professional development in the management of skin malignancies and includes non-surgical interventions such as cryotherapy and topical treatments in his repertoire. He has been fully trained in the use of the Dermatoscope for the finessing of clinical examination of skin lesions and is an advocate and active trainer in its use, both in the NHS and private sectors.
Mr Pay’s current NHS posts are at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading and the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. He has a prominent role in the Skin Cancer Multi-disciplinary team. He is the Clinical Lead for the Plastic Surgery Service at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. He is also widely published and has lectured on his specialist interests at a national and international level.
Mr Pay is an active member of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS). He is on the General Medical Council for Plastic Surgery and his registration number is 3194814.
My Practice is based in Reading and Oxford – outpatient consultations and local anaesthetic procedures are performed mainly at The Forbury Clinic, Craven Road. I maintain practicing privileges at The Spire Dunedin, Reading and at the Manor Hospital, Oxford respectively.
I am a core member (and co-founder) of the Skin Cancer Specialist Multi-Disciplinary team, based at the RBH. I am also a senior member of the Thames Valley Cancer Network Clinician steering group for Skin Cancer, an advisory body for all aspects of the management of skin cancer.
Part of my role has been educational; Surgical training and teaching on a theoretical and practical basis. I train medical students, nurses, junior doctors, GPs and Consultant Colleagues in other specialties in many of the aspects of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. I have been nominated as “Consultant Teacher of the year” by the Oxford University Medical School and am an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Surgery for Oxford University.
I regularly sit on interview panels for appointments of surgeons in training at various levels, including Consultant positions.
British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons BAPRAS 300147
Royal College of Surgeons of England RCS 9013241
General Medical Council GMC 3194814
British Medical Association BMA 7143894
Medical Indemnity Insurance PRASIS 038/PAYAN-1
Melanoma Focus Group