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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

  • £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

Tue
20
Aug
2019
-
Wed
21
Aug
2019
£675
Barts Cancer Institute

20 Aug 2019
-
21 Aug 2019

£675

Pricing notes:

Full price: £675

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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Barts Cancer Institute

Location:

Barts Cancer Institute
Queen Mary University of London
LONDON
EC1M 6BQ
United Kingdom
bci-cancercourses@qmul.ac.uk
020 78823847

Instructions:

Miss S Grandis, bci-cancercourses@qmul.ac.uk, 020 78823847, Please apply for the course via our website: https://www.bci.qmul.ac.uk/study-with-us/short-courses/basic-surgical-skills-course Early registration (1 month prior to course start date): £675 Standard registration: £720
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £675

Fully Booked

Contact details:

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bci-cancercourses@qmul.ac.uk
mailto:bci-cancercourses@qmul.ac.uk

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Wed
04
Sep
2019
-
Thu
05
Sep
2019
£650
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

04 Sep 2019
-
05 Sep 2019

£650

Pricing notes:

Full price: £650

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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Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

Location:

Darent Valley Hospital
Darenth Wood Road
DARTFORD
DA2 8DA
United Kingdom
denise.smith75@nhs.net
01322 428100 ext 6738

Instructions:

Mrs D Smith, denise.smith75@nhs.net, 01322 428100 ext 6738
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £650

Fully Booked

Contact details:

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denise.smith75@nhs.net
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Fri
06
Sep
2019
-
Sat
07
Sep
2019
£550.00
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

06 Sep 2019
-
07 Sep 2019

£550.00

Pricing notes:

Full price: £550.00

Course Fees:

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Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Location:

Suture Centre, Suite 22, Education & Development,
Castle Road
Hull
HU16 5JQ
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:
Ms J Peck
janine.peck@hey.nhs.uk
mailto:janine.peck@hey.nhs.uk

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Partner Centres

Mon
16
Sep
2019
-
Tue
17
Sep
2019
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

16 Sep 2019
-
17 Sep 2019

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
30
Sep
2019
-
Tue
01
Oct
2019
from £670.50
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom

30 Sep 2019
-
01 Oct 2019

from £670.50

Pricing notes:

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

Course Fees:

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MANCHESTER, United Kingdom

Location:

Manchester Surgical Skills and Simulation Centre
MANCHESTER
M13 9PT
United Kingdom
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Wed
20
Nov
2019
-
Thu
21
Nov
2019
from £670.50
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom

20 Nov 2019
-
21 Nov 2019

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

Sat
14
Sep
2019
-
Sun
15
Sep
2019
TTD$ 9,500
University Of The West Indies

14 Sep 2019
-
15 Sep 2019

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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Wed
25
Sep
2019
-
Thu
26
Sep
2019
AED 3500
University Of Sharjah

25 Sep 2019
-
26 Sep 2019

AED 3500

Pricing notes:

Full price: AED 3500

Course Fees:

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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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Limited

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Full price: AED 3500

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nshabbir@sharjah.ac.ae
http://uoscstc.sharjah.ac.ae/en/Programs/Pages/CourseRegistrationForm.aspx?mcid=88

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Fri
15
Nov
2019
-
Sat
16
Nov
2019
600€
University Hospital of Larissa

15 Nov 2019
-
16 Nov 2019

600€

Pricing notes:

Full price: 600€

Course Fees:

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University Hospital of Larissa

Location:

IASO Thessalias Hospital
8th klm O.N.R.
41500 LARISSA
Greece
bss.greece@gmail.com
30 6993470454

Instructions:

Ms E Kokoti, bss.greece@gmail.com, 30 6993470454
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Full price: 600€

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