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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

Thu
05
Nov
2020
-
Fri
06
Nov
2020
£650
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

05 Nov 2020
-
06 Nov 2020

£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.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Location:

Queen Alexandra Hospital
VIMARS Centre
PORTSMOUTH
PO6 3LY
United Kingdom
emily.foord@porthosp.nhs.uk
02392 286306

Instructions:

Miss Emily Foord, emily.foord@porthosp.nhs.uk, 02392 286306
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £650

Fully Booked

Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
Miss Emily Foord
emily.foord@porthosp.nhs.uk
mailto:emily.foord@porthosp.nhs.uk

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Mon
09
Nov
2020
-
Tue
10
Nov
2020
£695
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

09 Nov 2020
-
10 Nov 2020

£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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University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Location:

Leicester General Hospital
Gwendolen Road
LEICESTER
LE5 4PW
United Kingdom
zara.elahi@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
0116 2588094

Instructions:

Ms Z Elahi, zara.elahi@uhl-tr.nhs.uk, 0116 2588094
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Limited

Pricing notes:

Full price: £695

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Mon
09
Nov
2020
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Tue
10
Nov
2020
£650
Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust

09 Nov 2020
-
10 Nov 2020

£650

Pricing notes:

Full price: £650

Course Fees:

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Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust

Location:

Nottingham City Hospital Campus
Hucknall Road
NOTTINGHAM
NG5 1PB
United Kingdom
natalie.fletcher@nuh.nhs.uk
0115 9627683

Instructions:

Miss N Fletcher, natalie.fletcher@nuh.nhs.uk, 0115 9627683
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £650

Fully Booked

Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
Miss N Fletcher
natalie.fletcher@nuh.nhs.uk
mailto:natalie.fletcher@nuh.nhs.uk

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Partner Centres

Tue
17
Nov
2020
-
Wed
18
Nov
2020
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

17 Nov 2020
-
18 Nov 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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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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Sat
05
Dec
2020
-
Sun
06
Dec
2020
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

05 Dec 2020
-
06 Dec 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:

King's College Hospital
Weston Education Centre
LONDON
SE5 9RJ
United Kingdom
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Tue
19
Jan
2021
-
Wed
20
Jan
2021
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

19 Jan 2021
-
20 Jan 2021

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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International Centres

Wed
09
Dec
2020
-
Thu
10
Dec
2020
AED 3500
University Of Sharjah

09 Dec 2020
-
10 Dec 2020

AED 3500

Pricing notes:

Full price: AED 3500

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 3500

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nshabbir@sharjah.ac.ae
https://ssi.sharjah.ac.ae/en/Programs/Pages/CourseRegistrationForm.aspx?mcid=221

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Fri
08
Jan
2021
-
Sat
09
Jan
2021
INR 23600/- inclusive of GST
Symbiosis Centre for Health Skills (SCHS)

08 Jan 2021
-
09 Jan 2021

INR 23600/- inclusive of GST

Pricing notes:

Full price: INR 23600/- inclusive of GST

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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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 more details contact Dr Shrimathy V. 91-9029279349
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Full price: INR 23600/- inclusive of GST

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Fri
23
Apr
2021
-
Sat
24
Apr
2021
600€
University of Thessaly

23 Apr 2021
-
24 Apr 2021

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
30 6937 220320

Instructions:

Ms E Kokoti, bss.greece@gmail.com, 30 6937 220320
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Full price: 600€

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