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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.

  • £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. 

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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
07
Feb
2019
-
Fri
08
Feb
2019
£670
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

07 Feb 2019
-
08 Feb 2019

£670

Pricing notes:

Full price: £670

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.

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Location:

Broadgreen Hospital
Thomas Drive
LIVERPOOL
L14 3LB
United Kingdom
Rachel.Page@rlbuht.nhs.uk
0151 7063580

Instructions:

Ms R Page, Rachel.Page@rlbuht.nhs.uk, 0151 7063580
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £670

Fully Booked

Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
Ms R Page
Rachel.Page@rlbuht.nhs.uk
mailto:Rachel.Page@rlbuht.nhs.uk

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Thu
21
Feb
2019
-
Fri
22
Feb
2019
£700
Princess Alexandra Hospital

21 Feb 2019
-
22 Feb 2019

£700

Pricing notes:

Full price: £700

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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Princess Alexandra Hospital

Location:

Princess Alexandra Hospital
Hamstel Road
HARLOW
CM20 1QX
United Kingdom
Gemma.Beadle@pah.nhs.uk
01279 827251

Instructions:

Mrs G Beadle, Gemma.Beadle@pah.nhs.uk, 01279 827251
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £700

Fully Booked

Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
Mrs G Beadle
Gemma.Beadle@pah.nhs.uk
mailto:Gemma.Beadle@pah.nhs.uk

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Mon
25
Feb
2019
-
Tue
26
Feb
2019
£750
Royal Surrey County Hospital

25 Feb 2019
-
26 Feb 2019

£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:

Royal Surrey County Hospital
Egerton Road
GUILDFORD
GU2 7XX
United Kingdom
alison.snook@outlook.com
01483 688691

Instructions:

Mrs A Snook, alison.snook@outlook.com, 01483 688691
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £750

Fully Booked

Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
Ms A Solska
alison.snook@outlook.com
http://www.mattu.org.uk

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Partner Centres

Tue
22
Jan
2019
-
Wed
23
Jan
2019
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

22 Jan 2019
-
23 Jan 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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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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Thu
14
Feb
2019
-
Fri
15
Feb
2019
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

14 Feb 2019
-
15 Feb 2019

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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Thu
21
Feb
2019
-
Fri
22
Feb
2019
from £670.50
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom

21 Feb 2019
-
22 Feb 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
MANCHESTER
M13 9PT
United Kingdom
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International Centres

Sat
26
Jan
2019
-
Sun
27
Jan
2019
3,000 Saudi Riyal
King Fahad Medical City

26 Jan 2019
-
27 Jan 2019

3,000 Saudi Riyal

Pricing notes:

Full price: 3,000 Saudi Riyal

Course Fees:

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King Fahad Medical City

Location:

King Fahad Medical City (CRESENT)
Center for Research, Education and Simulation Enhanced Training (CRESENT)
RYADH
Saudi Arabia
moahmad@kfmc.med.sa
00966 563472146

Instructions:

Dr M Ahmad MBBS, FCPS, moahmad@kfmc.med.sa, 00966 563472146, Last date for registration. 31 Dec
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Pricing notes:

Full price: 3,000 Saudi Riyal

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moahmad@kfmc.med.sa
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Thu
28
Feb
2019
-
Fri
01
Mar
2019
AED 3500
University Of Sharjah

28 Feb 2019
-
01 Mar 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
971 6 5057579

Instructions:

Mrs N S Shabbir, nshabbir@sharjah.ac.ae, 971 6 5057579
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Pricing notes:

Full price: AED 3500

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nshabbir@sharjah.ac.ae
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