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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
30
May
2019
-
Fri
31
May
2019
£550.00
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

30 May 2019
-
31 May 2019

£550.00

Pricing notes:

Full price: £550.00

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.

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Location:

Suture Centre, Suite 22, Education & Development,
Castle Road
Hull
HU16 5JQ
janine.peck@hey.nhs.uk
01482 816672

Instructions:

Ms J Peck, janine.peck@hey.nhs.uk, 01482 816672
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £550.00

Fully Booked

Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
Ms J Peck
janine.peck@hey.nhs.uk
mailto:janine.peck@hey.nhs.uk

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Thu
30
May
2019
-
Fri
31
May
2019
£590
Musgrove Park Hospital

30 May 2019
-
31 May 2019

£590

Pricing notes:

Full price: £590

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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Musgrove Park Hospital

Location:

Musgrove Park Hospital
Parkfield Drive
TAUNTON
TA1 5DA
United Kingdom
PostGrad.Centre@tst.nhs.uk
01823 344731

Instructions:

Mrs D Jordan, PostGrad.Centre@tst.nhs.uk, 01823 344731
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £590

Fully Booked

Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
Mrs D Jordan
PostGrad.Centre@tst.nhs.uk
mailto:PostGrad.Centre@tst.nhs.uk

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Mon
03
Jun
2019
-
Tue
04
Jun
2019
£750
Royal Surrey County Hospital

03 Jun 2019
-
04 Jun 2019

£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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Pricing notes:

Full price: £750

Fully Booked

Contact details:

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

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Partner Centres

Mon
17
Jun
2019
-
Tue
18
Jun
2019
from £670.50
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom

17 Jun 2019
-
18 Jun 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
08
Jul
2019
-
Tue
09
Jul
2019
from £670.50
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom

08 Jul 2019
-
09 Jul 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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MANCHESTER, United Kingdom

Location:

Manchester Surgical Skills and Simulation Centre
University Of Manchester
MANCHESTER
M13 9PT
United Kingdom
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Mon
29
Jul
2019
-
Tue
30
Jul
2019
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

29 Jul 2019
-
30 Jul 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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International Centres

Fri
19
Jul
2019
-
Sat
20
Jul
2019
INR 23600/- inclusive of GST
Symbiosis Centre for Health Skills (SCHS)

19 Jul 2019
-
20 Jul 2019

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 registrations contact Dr Shrimathy V. - 9029279349, Email ID: drshrimathy@sihspune.org;
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Full price: INR 23600/- inclusive of GST

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drparag@sihspune.org
https://www.sihspune.org/pdf/BSS%20Poster.pdf

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Sat
14
Sep
2019
-
Sun
15
Sep
2019
TTD$ 9,500
University Of The West Indies

14 Sep 2019
-
15 Sep 2019

TTD$ 9,500

Pricing notes:

Full price: TTD$ 9,500

Course Fees:

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University Of The West Indies

Location:

The University of the West Indies
The Faculty of Medical Sciences
MOUNT HOPE
Trinidad and Tobago
melrose.yearwood@sta.uwi.edu
868 645 3232 2864

Instructions:

Ms M Yearwood, melrose.yearwood@sta.uwi.edu, 868 645 3232 2864
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Full price: TTD$ 9,500

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Wed
25
Sep
2019
-
Thu
26
Sep
2019
AED 3500
University Of Sharjah

25 Sep 2019
-
26 Sep 2019

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
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