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Upcoming events

Portsmouth Robotic Upper GI Course (6-7 June 2024)

Overview: This two-day interactive course is aimed at senior trainees and consultants with an interest in being, bariatric and/or oncological Upper GI surgery. The course is hosted at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth and involves hands-on cadaveric operating, simulation and ex-vivo training, and live operating. Each morning features a brief lecture series focusing on the evidence for robotic surgery in Upper GI and how to set up and maintain a successful robotic programme.

The aim of the course is to gain a better understanding of the application of robotics in Upper GI surgery and get plenty of hands-on experience, through cadaveric work as well as simulators and ex-vivo practice. The course features a high faculty to delegate ratio to optimise training and is designed to initiate and prepare those surgeons wishing to embark on a robotic programme. A delegate dinner is included in the price:

Course fee: £1500

Booking: Please email for information.

AUCA - Advanced Urinary Catheterisation Academy (14 June 2024)

Overview: For doctors and nurses who are already familiar with standard urethral catheterisation but wish to enhance and expand their ability to handle difficult male urethral catheterisation cases with confidence.

The 4 hour hands-on training session provides 1:1 instruction with expert trainers and repeated practice on a dummy to become confident in advanced catheterisation techniques.


1. Understand the aim of a safe male urethral catheterisation algorithm

2. Recognise when standard Foley catheter placement should be abandoned

3. Practice second-line catheterisation techniques on dummy

4. Identify patients who require Urology specialist input

Healthcare professionals enrolling for this course are already familiar with standard urethral catheterisation.

Date: 14 June 2024 (8.30am)

Location: The UCH Education Centre, 250 Euston Road, London, NW1 2PG

Fees: £299


Newcastle STC - Robotic HPB Cadaveric Dissection Course (1-2 July 2024) 

Overview: This is a two-day course is aimed at ST5 - ST8 and HPB Consultants. The course combines didactic teaching and practical procedures with leading edge technology. Delegates have full access to the da Vinci Robot with hands on procedures on fresh frozen cadavers and full access to the clinical lectures.


  • Become familiar with the function and operation of the da Vinci Surgical System.
  • Appreciate the ergonomics of the da Vinci Surgical system robot and the available robotic instrumentation.
  • Understand the selection process for patient position, da Vinci surgical team position and robotic surgical approaches.
  • Learn robotic tissue dissection techniques using monopolar energy 

Date: 1-2 July, 2024

Location: Newcastle Surgical Training Centre, Freeman Hospital 



Newcastle STC - Robotic TORS Cadaveric Dissection Course (3-4 July 2024)

Overview: This is a two-day course is aimed at ST5 - ST8 trainees and Consultants. The course covers Trans-oral Robotic Surgery (TORS), which is a minimally invasive, robotic surgery technique that removes benign and malignant tumors of the mouth and throat.


  • Become familiar with the function and operation of the da Vici Surgical system
  • Appreciate the ergonomics of the da Vinci Surgical system robot and the available robotic instrumentation
  • Perform the standard primary TORS procedure on cadaveric simulation
  • Understand the relevant TORS anatomy
  • Define the role of TORS in current day head and neck cancer patients
  • Understand the benefits and rationale of offering a transoral resection service
  • Gain and insight into the pathological assessment of trasnsoral resections
  • Understand the adjuvant treatment and schedule following transoral surgery

Date: 3-4 July, 2024

Location: Newcastle Surgical Training Centre, Freeman Hospital 



Newcastle STC - Robotic Abdominal Wall Hernia Intermediate Cadaveric Dissection Course (16 October 2024

Overview: The course is designed to facilitate the surgeon with didactic and hands on cadaveric training experience. Conducted by a faculty of experienced surgeons, this is an intensive one day course of lectures, debate, exchange and practical hands on experience on General Surgical procedures of the Abdominal Wall using an Intuitive Da Vinci Robot.


  • Understand the endoscopic anatomy of the anterior abdominal wall
  • Gain knowledge and hands-on experience of robotic dissection and repair for inguinal and midline hernias
  • Ultrasound-guided Botox administration

Target Audience: Senior Trainees (ST7 and above) and Colorectal Consultants 

Date: 16 October 2024

Venue: Newcastle Surgical Training Centre, Freeman Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne 

Contact: For more info and to book email


Orthopaedic Evaluation of X-Rays Course (various dates)

Overview: This course provides the basic knowledge on x-ray interpretation from an orthopaedic point of view to avoid missed diagnosis. It goes over commonly missed symptoms and signs and teaches how to avoid as well as provide schemes for different radiographs interpretations.

Dates and location:

1 July 2024 - Doctors Academy International Education and Training Centre, Cardiff (£95). Book here

12 July 2024 - Education Centre, Leicester General Hospital, Leicester (£65). Book here

19 July 2024 - Gordon Museum of Pathology, London (£150). Book here

31 July 2024 - Education Centre, Morriston Hospital, Swansea (£60). Book here

The Royal College of Surgeons of England provides a quality mark for educational events by accrediting external providers and their educational portfolio, accrediting individual courses and awarding CPD points to non-accredited educational events. There are a number of ways you can search for a suitable event:

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