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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

Thu
24
Oct
2019
-
Fri
25
Oct
2019
£650
Countess of Chester Hospital

24 Oct 2019
-
25 Oct 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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Countess of Chester Hospital

Location:

Countess of Chester Hospital
Liverpool Road
CHESTER
CH2 1UL
United Kingdom
zoe.jones3@nhs.net
01244 364727

Instructions:

Miss Z Jones, zoe.jones3@nhs.net, 01244 364727
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £650

Fully Booked

Contact details:

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Miss Z Jones
zoe.jones3@nhs.net
mailto:zoe.jones3@nhs.net

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Mon
28
Oct
2019
-
Tue
29
Oct
2019
£625
Kent and Canterbury Hospital

28 Oct 2019
-
29 Oct 2019

£625

Pricing notes:

Full price: £625

Course Fees:

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Kent and Canterbury Hospital

Location:

Kent and Canterbury Hospital
Ethelbert Road
CANTERBURY
CT1 3NG
United Kingdom
daniellebruce@nhs.net
01227 783018

Instructions:

Mrs D Bruce, daniellebruce@nhs.net, 01227 783018
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £625

Fully Booked

Contact details:

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Mrs D Bruce
daniellebruce@nhs.net
mailto:daniellebruce@nhs.net

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Thu
07
Nov
2019
-
Fri
08
Nov
2019
£710
Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy (WIMAT)

07 Nov 2019
-
08 Nov 2019

£710

Pricing notes:

Full price: £710

Course Fees:

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Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy (WIMAT)

Location:

Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy (WIMAT)
Cardiff Medicentre
CARDIFF
CF14 4UJ
United Kingdom
wimat@cardiff.ac.uk
029 20682129

Instructions:

Mrs K Westlake, wimat@cardiff.ac.uk, 029 20682129
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £710

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
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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Mon
20
Jan
2020
-
Tue
21
Jan
2020
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

20 Jan 2020
-
21 Jan 2020

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:

GAPS Learning Centre - 4th Floor, Hunter Wing
St Georges University of London
LONDON
SW17 0RE
United Kingdom
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Tue
04
Feb
2020
-
Wed
05
Feb
2020
from £670.50
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom

04 Feb 2020
-
05 Feb 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

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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Pricing notes:

Full price: 600€

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bss.greece@gmail.com
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Wed
18
Dec
2019
-
Thu
19
Dec
2019
AED 3500
University Of Sharjah

18 Dec 2019
-
19 Dec 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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Full price: AED 3500

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nshabbir@sharjah.ac.ae
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Fri
17
Jan
2020
-
Sat
18
Jan
2020
INR 23600/- inclusive of GST
Symbiosis Centre for Health Skills (SCHS)

17 Jan 2020
-
18 Jan 2020

INR 23600/- inclusive of GST

Pricing notes:

Full price: INR 23600/- inclusive of GST

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 98 22040971

Instructions:

Dr P Rishipathak, drparag@sihspune.org, 91 98 22040971, For details please contact Dr Shrimathy on +919029279349 drshrimathy@sihspune.org;
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Full price: INR 23600/- inclusive of GST

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