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Basic Surgical Skills (Intercollegiate BSS)

BSS is strongly recommended for all trainees who are about to embark on their first surgical position.

Delivered over two days, through a series of hands-on sessions, you will develop a range of core surgical skills and techniques. This course also includes some mandatory, pre-course eLearning. 

Led by experienced faculty you will have the opportunity to learn to use a range of surgical instruments and to handle tissue with increased confidence.

BSS is curriculum mandated training for Core Surgery and therefore eligible for HEE Study Leave applications.

RCS membership entitles you to a 10% discount on this course at partner centres. Find out if you're eligible to join or transfer

Suture practice kit

Limbs and Things are offering a 10% discount on their Suture Tutor kit to BSS participants. 

Find out more about the kit here.

  • £670.50
  • 2 days
  • 12.00 CPD Points
£670.50
2 days
12.00 CPD Points

Suitability

This course is suitable for: FY1-2 and CT1-2. It is also open to Surgical Care Practitioners, First Surgical Assistants, and anyone in training for those roles.

Learning Outcomes

After attending this course, you should have gained core skills in open surgery, electrosurgery and endoscopic surgery. You 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. 

Format

BSS is a practical, workshop-led course. Each skill is introduced with a step-by-step demonstration, before participants practice the technique.

You’ll receive continual feedback and assessment throughout the two days.

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 do the MCQs. This essential pre-course material will ensure you get the most out of every session. 

Additional Information

Course content

You will participate in a variety of practical training sessions during the BSS 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.

Take a look at a sample BSS programme

10% discount on this course for RCS members

Members, Fellows, Associates and Affiliates benefit from a 10% discount on this course when held at one of our partner centres - MSSSC (Manchester) and GAPS (St Georges, London). 

Your discount will be applied automatically when booking. 

Find out more about joining today.

PGCert in Surgery Associated Course

You will be awarded 2 credits toward the Postgraduate Certificate in Surgery upon booking this course. (The inclusion of courses in the PGCert in Surgery is subject to availability).

Booking Options

Regional Centres

Thu
27
Feb
2020
-
Fri
28
Feb
2020
£550.00
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

27 Feb 2020
-
28 Feb 2020

£550.00

Pricing notes:

Full price: £550.00

Course Fees:

Please note, for courses held at the College, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at our cancellation policy first.

For regional and international course payments and terms & conditions, please contact the relevant centre.

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Location:

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
HULL
HU3 2JZ
United Kingdom
janine.peck@hey.nhs.uk
01482 816672

Instructions:

Ms J Peck, janine.peck@hey.nhs.uk, 01482 816672
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £550.00

Fully Booked

Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
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janine.peck@hey.nhs.uk
mailto:janine.peck@hey.nhs.uk

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Sat
29
Feb
2020
-
Sun
01
Mar
2020
£710
King's College Hospital

29 Feb 2020
-
01 Mar 2020

£710

Pricing notes:

Full price: £710

Course Fees:

Please note, for courses held at the College, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at our cancellation policy first.

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King's College Hospital

Location:

King's College Hospital
Denmark Hill
LONDON
SE5 9RS
United Kingdom
events@crsurgeon.co.uk
07538336623

Instructions:

Miss Tolu Salako, events@crsurgeon.co.uk, 07538336623, To Register [1] Please complete the form at http://www.ddcrs.org/bss-course [2] On receipt of form, details of how to make payment will be sent to you. [3] Registration is not confirmed until a full payment is received and email confirmation s
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £710

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Contact details:

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events@crsurgeon.co.uk
http://www.ddcrs.org/bss-course

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Sat
07
Mar
2020
-
Sun
08
Mar
2020
£710
King's College Hospital

07 Mar 2020
-
08 Mar 2020

£710

Pricing notes:

Full price: £710

Course Fees:

Please note, for courses held at the College, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at our cancellation policy first.

For regional and international course payments and terms & conditions, please contact the relevant centre.

King's College Hospital

Location:

King's College Hospital
Denmark Hill
LONDON
SE5 9RS
United Kingdom
events@crsurgeon.co.uk
07538336623

Instructions:

Miss Tolu Salako, events@crsurgeon.co.uk, 07538336623, To Register [1] Please complete the form at https://www.ddcrs.org/bss-course [2] On receipt of form, details of how to make payment will be sent to you. [3] Registration is not confirmed until a full payment is received and email confirmation
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Full price: £710

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Partner Centres

Tue
31
Mar
2020
-
Wed
01
Apr
2020
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

31 Mar 2020
-
01 Apr 2020

from £670.50

Pricing notes:

Full price: £745.00
RCS Affiliates: £670.50
RCS England Members/Fellows: £670.50

Course Fees:

Please note, for courses held at the College, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at our cancellation policy first.

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LONDON, United Kingdom

Location:

GAPS Learning Centre - 4th Floor, Hunter Wing
St Georges University of London
LONDON
SW17 0RE
United Kingdom
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Mon
20
Apr
2020
-
Tue
21
Apr
2020
from £670.50
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom

20 Apr 2020
-
21 Apr 2020

from £670.50

Pricing notes:

Full price: £745.00
RCS Affiliates: £670.50
RCS England Members/Fellows: £670.50

Course Fees:

Please note, for courses held at the College, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at our cancellation policy first.

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MANCHESTER, United Kingdom

Location:

Manchester Surgical Skills and Simulation Centre
University Of Manchester
MANCHESTER
M13 9PT
United Kingdom
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Thu
14
May
2020
-
Fri
15
May
2020
from £670.50
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom

14 May 2020
-
15 May 2020

from £670.50

Pricing notes:

Full price: £745.00
RCS Affiliates: £670.50
RCS England Members/Fellows: £670.50

Course Fees:

Please note, for courses held at the College, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at our cancellation policy first.

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MANCHESTER, United Kingdom

Location:

Manchester Surgical Skills and Simulation Centre
University Of Manchester
MANCHESTER
M13 9PT
United Kingdom
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International Centres

Wed
11
Mar
2020
-
Thu
12
Mar
2020
AED 3500
University Of Sharjah

11 Mar 2020
-
12 Mar 2020

AED 3500

Pricing notes:

Full price: AED 3500

Course Fees:

Please note, for courses held at the College, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at our cancellation policy first.

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University Of Sharjah

Location:

University of Sharjah
Sharjah Surgical Institute
27272 SHARJAH
United Arab Emirates
nshabbir@sharjah.ac.ae
00971 6505 7579

Instructions:

Mrs N S Shabbir, nshabbir@sharjah.ac.ae, 00971 6505 7579
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Pricing notes:

Full price: AED 3500

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nshabbir@sharjah.ac.ae
https://ssi.sharjah.ac.ae/en/Programs/Pages/CourseRegistrationForm.aspx?mcid=148

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Sat
14
Mar
2020
-
Sun
15
Mar
2020
TTD$ 9,500
University Of The West Indies

14 Mar 2020
-
15 Mar 2020

TTD$ 9,500

Pricing notes:

Full price: TTD$ 9,500

Course Fees:

Please note, for courses held at the College, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at our cancellation policy first.

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University Of The West Indies

Location:

The University of the West Indies
The Faculty of Medical Sciences
MOUNT HOPE
Trinidad and Tobago
melrose.yearwood@sta.uwi.edu
868 645 3232 2864

Instructions:

Ms M Yearwood, melrose.yearwood@sta.uwi.edu, 868 645 3232 2864
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Full price: TTD$ 9,500

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Thu
25
Jun
2020
-
Fri
26
Jun
2020
£450-500
Royal Medical Services Jordan

25 Jun 2020
-
26 Jun 2020

£450-500

Pricing notes:

Full price: £450-500

Course Fees:

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Royal Medical Services Jordan

Location:

Royal Medical Services Jordan
PO Box 855122
11855 AMMAN
Jordan
k_maaytah@yahoo.com
00962790972645

Instructions:

Mr K El-Maaytah, k_maaytah@yahoo.com, 00962790972645
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Full price: £450-500

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