Course Title:

Basic Surgical Skills ( Intercollegiate BSS) Course


12.00 CPD Points 

This highly practical, two-day course is suitable for all trainees hoping to pursue a career in surgery. Trainees will be introduced to safe surgical practices within a controlled workshop-led environment, where each skill is introduced with a step-by-step demonstration, before participants practice the technique in small groups. This course is delivered by experienced surgeons with a wide range of knowledge and experience in teaching, and all trainees receive continual feedback and assessment throughout the two days.

A certificate recognised by The Royal College of Surgeons will be issued to those that successfully complete this course. The course has been agreed on an intercollegiate basis and trainees who complete the course will be issued with certification that will be reciprocally recognised by all four Royal Surgical Colleges.

FY1, FY2, CT1, CT2, ST1, ST2, SAS

Course Content:

Participants undertake a variety of practical training sessions during the Basic Surgical Skills course, including

• Gowning, gloving, laying safe surgical knots and local anaesthetic management.

• Tissue handling practice (including for infected and contaminated tissues), along with the requirements for differing tissue sites, such as skin, bowel or vessels.

• Electrosurgery device usage.

• Manipulation of endoscopic instruments in a 3D surgical environment while viewing a remote 2D image.

• Visuospatial awareness, management of depth cueing and control of the ‘fulcrum effect’ during endoscopic surgery.

Learning Outcomes

After attending this course, participants should have gained core skills in open surgery, electrosurgery and endoscopic surgery. They should be able to:
• Demonstrate safe operating techniques.
• Use a variety of surgical knots safely and effectively.
• Confidently handle and use surgical instruments.
• Handle tissues confidently with due regard to their unique properties.
• Use endoscopic instruments in a practical and safe way.
• Discuss the practical, safe use of electrosurgery.


Formative assessment: participants complete an Assessment and Feedback form, which is reviewed and scored by faculty. Faculty assist with identifying participants’ strengths and weaknesses and give guidance on individual performance. 

Summative assessment: Faculty conduct a formal Objective Structural Assessment of Technical skill (OSAT).

Pre-course work: Before the course, you will be sent the BSS handbook and a link to the online learning platform, where you can view the BSS videos and complete the MCQs.


Course fees:

Early registration: £600.00
Standard registration: £675.00

The fee includes VAT, hot buffet lunch, refreshments, all course materials and certification.

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