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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

Fri
19
Mar
2021
-
Sat
20
Mar
2021
£550.00
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

19 Mar 2021
-
20 Mar 2021

£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.

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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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Pricing notes:

Full price: £550.00

Fully Booked

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

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Tue
23
Mar
2021
-
Wed
24
Mar
2021
£710
Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy (WIMAT)

23 Mar 2021
-
24 Mar 2021

£710

Pricing notes:

Full price: £710

Course Fees:

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Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy (WIMAT)

Location:

Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy
Cardiff Medicentre
CARDIFF
CF14 4UJ
United Kingdom
wimat@cardiff.ac.uk
029 20682131

Instructions:

Mrs K Westlake, wimat@cardiff.ac.uk, 029 20682131
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Limited

Pricing notes:

Full price: £710

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Mrs K Westlake
wimat@cardiff.ac.uk
https://wimatcourses.cardiff.ac.uk/general_surgery/RCS-Intercollegiate-Basic-Surgical-Skills

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Mon
29
Mar
2021
-
Tue
30
Mar
2021
£750
Royal Surrey County Hospital

29 Mar 2021
-
30 Mar 2021

£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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Mrs A Snook
alison.snook@outlook.com
http://www.mattu.org.uk

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Partner Centres

Thu
04
Mar
2021
-
Fri
05
Mar
2021
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

04 Mar 2021
-
05 Mar 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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Sat
06
Mar
2021
-
Sun
07
Mar
2021
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

06 Mar 2021
-
07 Mar 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:

King's College Hospital
Weston Education Centre
LONDON
SE5 9RJ
United Kingdom
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Thu
11
Mar
2021
-
Fri
12
Mar
2021
from £670.50
LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom

11 Mar 2021
-
12 Mar 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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LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom

Location:

Broadgreen Hospital - Master Unit
Thomas Drive
LIVERPOOL
L14 3LB
United Kingdom
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International Centres

Wed
10
Mar
2021
-
Thu
11
Mar
2021
AED 3500
University Of Sharjah

10 Mar 2021
-
11 Mar 2021

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
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=305

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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:

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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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Fri
16
Jul
2021
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Sat
17
Jul
2021
INR 23600/- inclusive of GST
Symbiosis Centre for Health Skills (SCHS)

16 Jul 2021
-
17 Jul 2021

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 9822040971

Instructions:

Dr P Rishipathak, drparag@sihspune.org, 91 9822040971, For details please contact Dr Shrimathy V. on +91 9029279349/ moems@schs.edu.in
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Full price: INR 23600/- inclusive of GST

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