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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

Wed
30
Nov
2022
-
Thu
01
Dec
2022
£650
Wexham Park Hospital

30 Nov 2022
-
01 Dec 2022

£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.

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

Wexham Park Hospital

Location:

Wexham Park Hospital
Wexham Street
SLOUGH
SL2 4HL
United Kingdom
rupal.patel@nhs.net
0300 6152636

Instructions:

Miss R Patel, rupal.patel@nhs.net, 0300 6152636
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £650

Fully Booked

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rupal.patel@nhs.net
mailto:rupal.patel@nhs.net

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Thu
01
Dec
2022
-
Fri
02
Dec
2022
£700
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

01 Dec 2022
-
02 Dec 2022

£700

Pricing notes:

Full price: £700

Course Fees:

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Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Location:

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Beckett Street
LEEDS
LS9 7TF
United Kingdom
lesley.wood1@nhs.net
11 32067286

Instructions:

Mrs L Wood, lesley.wood1@nhs.net, 11 32067286
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Limited

Pricing notes:

Full price: £700

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lesley.wood1@nhs.net
https://www.maxcourse.co.uk/medicaleducationleeds/organiserCourseCalendarManageCourse.asp?s=CH1453

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Fri
06
Jan
2023
-
Sat
07
Jan
2023
£600
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

06 Jan 2023
-
07 Jan 2023

£600

Pricing notes:

Full price: £600

Course Fees:

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Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Location:

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
HULL
HU3 2JZ
United Kingdom
janine.peck1@nhs.net
01482 816672

Instructions:

Ms J Peck, janine.peck1@nhs.net, 01482 816672
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Partner Centres

Tue
17
Jan
2023
-
Wed
18
Jan
2023
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

17 Jan 2023
-
18 Jan 2023

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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Thu
19
Jan
2023
-
Fri
20
Jan
2023
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

19 Jan 2023
-
20 Jan 2023

from £670.50

Pricing notes:

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

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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
15
Feb
2023
-
Thu
16
Feb
2023
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

15 Feb 2023
-
16 Feb 2023

from £670.50

Pricing notes:

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

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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
07
Dec
2022
-
Thu
08
Dec
2022
AED 3675
University Of Sharjah

07 Dec 2022
-
08 Dec 2022

AED 3675

Pricing notes:

Full price: AED 3675

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 3675

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Fri
27
Jan
2023
-
Sat
28
Jan
2023
INR 25000/-
Symbiosis Centre for Health Skills (SCHS)

27 Jan 2023
-
28 Jan 2023

INR 25000/-

Pricing notes:

Full price: INR 25000/-

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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 please contact Dr Shrimathy V. 9029279349
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Full price: INR 25000/-

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Fri
31
Mar
2023
-
Sat
01
Apr
2023
600€
University of Thessaly

31 Mar 2023
-
01 Apr 2023

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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