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Basic Surgical Skills (BSS)

Basic Surgical Skills is an intensive two-day course designed to provide essential foundational knowledge and hands-on experience in key surgical skills areas such as suturing, knot-tying, and tissue handling. This course is particularly relevant for trainees interested in a surgical career, though it is open to a diverse audience of health professionals. So, whether you're a medical professional, healthcare practitioner, or simply seeking to enhance your surgical skills, Basic Surgical Skills will teach you what you need to get a head start on your career goals.

Course Highlights:

Day 1: Covers fundamental skills such as knot-tying, instrument handling, and suturing techniques as well as practical skills like skin lesion removal, ligation/transfixion, and tissue handling.

Day 2: Advance your skills in knot-tying, assisted abdominal closure, vascular surgery principles, tendon repair, skin suturing and introduces endoscopic surgery techniques.

Benefits:

  • Prepare you for your Core Surgical Training interviews and MRCS part B exams.
  • Enhance your performance in operating theatres.
  • Aligned with GMC Capabilities in Practice Framework and Foundation Curriculum High-Level Outcomes.

For a more detailed overview of the course see here

RCS England members receives a 20% discount (worth £160) on this course in the Bjorn Saven Centre in London. Check your eligibility or explore membership options here

  • £799.00
  • 2 days
  • 12.00 CPD Points
£799.00
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. Many centres use a variety of porcine and ovine/ maleagrine tissues although some choose to use synthetic tissue. Please check with the centre in advance if this is a concern for you. The Bjorn Saven Centre at RCS England uses animal tissue.

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

Before the course, you will have access to the BSS handbook via 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

20% discount on this course for RCS England members

Members, fellows, associates and affiliates benefit from a 20% discount on this course when held within the Bjorn Saven Centre at RCS England, 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

Mon
22
Apr
2024
-
Tue
23
Apr
2024
£695
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

22 Apr 2024
-
23 Apr 2024

£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.

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

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Location:

Leicester General Hospital
Gwendolen Road
LEICESTER
LE5 4PW
United Kingdom
rebecca.goacher@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
0116 2584298

Instructions:

Ms R Goacher, rebecca.goacher@uhl-tr.nhs.uk, 0116 2584298
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £695

Fully Booked

Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
Ms R Goacher
rebecca.goacher@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
mailto:rebecca.goacher@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

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Mon
29
Apr
2024
-
Tue
30
Apr
2024
£600
Royal Derby Hospital

29 Apr 2024
-
30 Apr 2024

£600

Pricing notes:

Full price: £600

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 Derby Hospital

Location:

Royal Derby Hospital
Uttoxeter Road
DERBY
DE22 3NE
United Kingdom
dhft.specialistcourses@nhs.net
01332 789585

Instructions:

Miss S Backhouse, dhft.specialistcourses@nhs.net, 01332 789585
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £600

Fully Booked

Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
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dhft.specialistcourses@nhs.net
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Tue
30
Apr
2024
-
Wed
01
May
2024
£596
Bradford Royal Infirmary

30 Apr 2024
-
01 May 2024

£596

Pricing notes:

Full price: £596

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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Bradford Royal Infirmary

Location:

Bradford Royal Infirmary
Duckworth Lane
BRADFORD
BD9 6RJ
United Kingdom
facilities.administration@bthft.nhs.uk
07976447454

Instructions:

Ms T Harrison, facilities.administration@bthft.nhs.uk, 07976447454
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £596

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facilities.administration@bthft.nhs.uk
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RCS England

Thu
30
May
2024
-
Fri
31
May
2024
£799.00
LONDON, United Kingdom

30 May 2024
-
31 May 2024

£799.00

Pricing notes:

Full price: £799.00
RCS Affiliates: £639.20
RCS England Associates: £639.20
RCS England Members/Fellows: £639.20

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:

RCS - Bjorn Saven Centre for Surgical Education
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
LONDON
WC2A 3PE
United Kingdom
education@rcseng.ac.uk
020 7869 6300
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Sat
01
Jun
2024
-
Sun
02
Jun
2024
£799.00
LONDON, United Kingdom

01 Jun 2024
-
02 Jun 2024

£799.00

Pricing notes:

Full price: £799.00
RCS Affiliates: £639.20
RCS England Associates: £639.20
RCS England Members/Fellows: £639.20

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:

RCS - Bjorn Saven Centre for Surgical Education
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
LONDON
WC2A 3PE
United Kingdom
education@rcseng.ac.uk
020 7869 6300
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Tue
18
Jun
2024
-
Wed
19
Jun
2024
£799.00
LONDON, United Kingdom

18 Jun 2024
-
19 Jun 2024

£799.00

Pricing notes:

Full price: £799.00
RCS Affiliates: £639.20
RCS England Associates: £639.20
RCS England Members/Fellows: £639.20

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.

LONDON, United Kingdom

Location:

RCS - Bjorn Saven Centre for Surgical Education
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
01
May
2024
-
Thu
02
May
2024
AED 3675
University Of Sharjah

01 May 2024
-
02 May 2024

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
03
May
2024
-
Sat
04
May
2024
INR 25000/-
Symbiosis Centre for Health Skills (SCHS)

03 May 2024
-
04 May 2024

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 further queries please contact Mr. Atul Saraf at 9604601595 or email pgdems@schs.edu.in;
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Pricing notes:

Full price: INR 25000/-

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Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
Dr P Rishipathak
drparag@sihspune.org
https://schs.edu.in/assets/pdf/2023/BSS.pdf

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Fri
10
May
2024
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Sat
11
May
2024
600€
University of Thessaly

10 May 2024
-
11 May 2024

600€

Pricing notes:

Full price: 600€

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 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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Limited

Pricing notes:

Full price: 600€

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Call 020 7869 6300 to talk with a member of our team. 

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