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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

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.

  • £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
17
Sep
2020
-
Fri
18
Sep
2020
£670
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

17 Sep 2020
-
18 Sep 2020

£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.

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Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Location:

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

Instructions:

Ms K Sewill, surgical.simulation@rlbuht.nhs.uk, 0151 7063580
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £670

Fully Booked

Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
Ms K Sewill
surgical.simulation@rlbuht.nhs.uk
mailto:surgical.simulation@rlbuht.nhs.uk

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Fri
18
Sep
2020
-
Sat
19
Sep
2020
£550.00
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

18 Sep 2020
-
19 Sep 2020

£550.00

Pricing notes:

Full price: £550.00

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.peck@hey.nhs.uk
01482 816672

Instructions:

Ms J Peck, janine.peck@hey.nhs.uk, 01482 816672
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Full price: £550.00

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Mon
28
Sep
2020
-
Tue
29
Sep
2020
£750
Royal Surrey County Hospital

28 Sep 2020
-
29 Sep 2020

£750

Pricing notes:

Full price: £750

Course Fees:

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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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Full price: £750

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http://www.mattu.org.uk

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Partner Centres

Wed
09
Sep
2020
-
Thu
10
Sep
2020
from £670.50
LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom

09 Sep 2020
-
10 Sep 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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LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom

Location:

Broadgreen Hospital - Master Unit
Thomas Drive
LIVERPOOL
L14 3LB
United Kingdom
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Tue
13
Oct
2020
-
Wed
14
Oct
2020
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

13 Oct 2020
-
14 Oct 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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Sat
17
Oct
2020
-
Sun
18
Oct
2020
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

17 Oct 2020
-
18 Oct 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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International Centres

Thu
15
Oct
2020
-
Fri
16
Oct
2020
£450-500
Royal Medical Services Jordan

15 Oct 2020
-
16 Oct 2020

£450-500

Pricing notes:

Full price: £450-500

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Royal Medical Services Jordan

Location:

Royal Medical Services Jordan
PO Box 855122
11855 AMMAN
Jordan
k_maaytah@yahoo.com
00962790972645

Instructions:

Mr K El-Maaytah, k_maaytah@yahoo.com, 00962790972645
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Fri
16
Oct
2020
-
Sat
17
Oct
2020
INR 23600/- inclusive of GST
Symbiosis Centre for Health Skills (SCHS)

16 Oct 2020
-
17 Oct 2020

INR 23600/- inclusive of GST

Pricing notes:

Full price: INR 23600/- inclusive of GST

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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
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https://schs.edu.in/assets/pdf/BSS2.pdf

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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

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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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