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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 e-learning. 

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

To see a list of our current BSS course centres please click here (correct as of May 2020)

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. Please email GBsales@limbsandthings.com using code STROC10% to purchase kits.

  • £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, Surgical First 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

Sat
09
Jul
2022
-
Sun
10
Jul
2022
£710
King's College Hospital

09 Jul 2022
-
10 Jul 2022

£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
bsscoursejnm@gmail.com
07415792099

Instructions:

Miss Tolu Salako, bsscoursejnm@gmail.com, 07415792099, 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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Pricing notes:

Full price: £710

Fully Booked

Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
Miss Tolu Salako
bsscoursejnm@gmail.com
https://www.ddcrs.org/bss-course

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Mon
11
Jul
2022
-
Tue
12
Jul
2022
£750
Royal Surrey County Hospital

11 Jul 2022
-
12 Jul 2022

£750

Pricing notes:

Full price: £750

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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Royal Surrey County Hospital

Location:

MATTU [Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit]
The Leggett Building
Guildford
GU2 7WG
United Kingdom
alisons@mattu.ac.uk
01483 688691

Instructions:

Mrs A Snook, alisons@mattu.ac.uk, 01483 688691
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Limited

Pricing notes:

Full price: £750

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alisons@mattu.ac.uk
http://www.mattu.org.uk

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Tue
12
Jul
2022
-
Wed
13
Jul
2022
£695
Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy (WIMAT)

12 Jul 2022
-
13 Jul 2022

£695

Pricing notes:

Full price: £695

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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Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy (WIMAT)

Location:

Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy
Cardiff Medicentre
CARDIFF
CF14 4UJ
United Kingdom
wimat@cardiff.ac.uk
029 20682131

Instructions:

Mrs K Westlake, wimat@cardiff.ac.uk, 029 20682131
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £695

Fully Booked

Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
Mrs K Westlake
wimat@cardiff.ac.uk
https://wimatcourses.cardiff.ac.uk/general_surgery/RCS-Intercollegiate-Basic-Surgical-Skills

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Partner Centres

Wed
20
Jul
2022
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Thu
21
Jul
2022
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

20 Jul 2022
-
21 Jul 2022

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:

Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
LONDON
WC2A 3PE
United Kingdom
education@rcseng.ac.uk
020 7869 6300
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Wed
17
Aug
2022
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Thu
18
Aug
2022
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

17 Aug 2022
-
18 Aug 2022

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:

Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
LONDON
WC2A 3PE
United Kingdom
education@rcseng.ac.uk
020 7869 6300
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Tue
13
Sep
2022
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Wed
14
Sep
2022
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

13 Sep 2022
-
14 Sep 2022

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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LONDON, United Kingdom

Location:

Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
LONDON
WC2A 3PE
United Kingdom
education@rcseng.ac.uk
020 7869 6300
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International Centres

Wed
14
Sep
2022
-
Thu
15
Sep
2022
AED 3675
University Of Sharjah

14 Sep 2022
-
15 Sep 2022

AED 3675

Pricing notes:

Full price: AED 3675

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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Full price: AED 3675

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nshabbir@sharjah.ac.ae
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Fri
14
Oct
2022
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Sat
15
Oct
2022
600€
University of Thessaly

14 Oct 2022
-
15 Oct 2022

600€

Pricing notes:

Full price: 600€

Course Fees:

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University of Thessaly

Location:

IASO Thessalias Hospital
8th klm O.N.R.
41500 LARISSA
Greece
bss.greece@gmail.com
00306 937220320

Instructions:

Ms E Kokoti, bss.greece@gmail.com, 00306 937220320
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Full price: 600€

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https://www.bss-greece.gr/

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Fri
11
Nov
2022
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Sat
12
Nov
2022
INR 25000/-
Symbiosis Centre for Health Skills (SCHS)

11 Nov 2022
-
12 Nov 2022

INR 25000/-

Pricing notes:

Full price: INR 25000/-

Course Fees:

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Symbiosis Centre for Health Skills (SCHS)

Location:

Symbiosis Centre for Health Skills (SCHS)
Senapati Bapat Road
PUNE 411004
India
drparag@sihspune.org
91 9822040971

Instructions:

Dr P Rishipathak, drparag@sihspune.org, 91 9822040971, For registration contact Dr Shrimathy V. +91 9029279349 moems@schs.edu.in;
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Full price: INR 25000/-

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https://schs.edu.in/

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