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Basic Surgical Skills (BSS)

Basic Surgical Skills is an intensive two-day course designed to provide essential foundational knowledge and hands-on experience in key surgical skills areas such as suturing, knot-tying, and tissue handling. This course is particularly relevant for trainees interested in a surgical career, though it is open to a diverse audience of health professionals. So, whether you're a medical professional, healthcare practitioner, or simply seeking to enhance your surgical skills, Basic Surgical Skills will teach you what you need to get a head start on your career goals.

Course Highlights:

Day 1: Covers fundamental skills such as knot-tying, instrument handling, and suturing techniques as well as practical skills like skin lesion removal, ligation/transfixion, and tissue handling.

Day 2: Advance your skills in knot-tying, assisted abdominal closure, vascular surgery principles, tendon repair, skin suturing and introduces endoscopic surgery techniques.

Benefits:

  • Prepare you for your Core Surgical Training interviews and MRCS part B exams.
  • Enhance your performance in operating theatres.
  • Aligned with GMC Capabilities in Practice Framework and Foundation Curriculum High-Level Outcomes.

For a more detailed overview of the course see here

RCS England members receives a 20% discount (worth £160) on this course in the Bjorn Saven Centre in London. Check your eligibility or explore membership options here

  • £799.00
  • 2 days
  • 16.00 CPD Points
£799.00
2 days
16.00 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. Many centres use a variety of porcine and ovine/ maleagrine tissues although some choose to use synthetic tissue. Please check with the centre in advance if this is a concern for you. The Bjorn Saven Centre at RCS England uses animal tissue.

You’ll receive continual feedback and assessment throughout the two days.

Before the course, you will have access to the BSS handbook via 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

20% discount on this course for RCS England members

Members, fellows, associates and affiliates benefit from a 20% discount on this course when held within the Bjorn Saven Centre at RCS England, 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 BSS Courses

Fri
19
Jul
2024
-
Sat
20
Jul
2024
£550
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

19 Jul 2024
-
20 Jul 2024

£550

Pricing notes:

Full price: £550

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.peck1@nhs.net
01482 816672

Instructions:

Ms J Peck, janine.peck1@nhs.net, 01482 816672, Please email janine.peck1@nhs.net for details
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Full price: £550

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Please contact the coordinator:
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janine.peck1@nhs.net
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Tue
03
Sep
2024
-
Wed
04
Sep
2024
£595
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

03 Sep 2024
-
04 Sep 2024

£595

Pricing notes:

Full price: £595

Course Fees:

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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Location:

Cumberland Infirmary
Newtown Road
CARLISLE
CA2 7HY
United Kingdom
Julie.Rutherford@ncic.nhs.uk
01946 68692

Instructions:

Miss J Rutherford, Julie.Rutherford@ncic.nhs.uk, 01946 68692
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Full price: £595

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19
Sep
2024
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Fri
20
Sep
2024
£700
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

19 Sep 2024
-
20 Sep 2024

£700

Pricing notes:

Full price: £700

Course Fees:

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Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Location:

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Beckett Street
LEEDS
LS9 7TF
United Kingdom
lesley.wood1@nhs.net
0113 2067251

Instructions:

Mrs L Wood, lesley.wood1@nhs.net, 0113 2067251
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RCS England Bjorn Saven Centre

Mon
22
Jul
2024
-
Tue
23
Jul
2024
£849.00
LONDON, United Kingdom

22 Jul 2024
-
23 Jul 2024

£849.00

Pricing notes:

Full price: £849.00
RCS Affiliates: £679.20
RCS England Associates: £679.20
RCS England Members/Fellows: £679.20

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:

RCS - Bjorn Saven Centre for Surgical Education
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
LONDON
WC2A 3PE
United Kingdom
education@rcseng.ac.uk
020 7869 6300
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24
Jul
2024
-
Thu
25
Jul
2024
£849.00
LONDON, United Kingdom

24 Jul 2024
-
25 Jul 2024

£849.00

Pricing notes:

Full price: £849.00
RCS Affiliates: £679.20
RCS England Associates: £679.20
RCS England Members/Fellows: £679.20

Course Fees:

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LONDON, United Kingdom

Location:

RCS - Bjorn Saven Centre for Surgical Education
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
LONDON
WC2A 3PE
United Kingdom
education@rcseng.ac.uk
020 7869 6300
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Mon
05
Aug
2024
-
Tue
06
Aug
2024
£849.00
LONDON, United Kingdom

05 Aug 2024
-
06 Aug 2024

£849.00

Pricing notes:

Full price: £849.00
RCS Affiliates: £679.20
RCS England Associates: £679.20
RCS England Members/Fellows: £679.20

Course Fees:

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LONDON, United Kingdom

Location:

RCS - Bjorn Saven Centre for Surgical Education
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
LONDON
WC2A 3PE
United Kingdom
education@rcseng.ac.uk
020 7869 6300
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International BSS Courses

Fri
02
Aug
2024
-
Sat
03
Aug
2024
800$
Al Jaderia Private Hospital / Pulse Training Company

02 Aug 2024
-
03 Aug 2024

800$

Pricing notes:

Full price: 800$

Course Fees:

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Al Jaderia Private Hospital / Pulse Training Company

Location:

Pulse Training Centre
Floor 2, Building 15
BAHGAD
Iraq
fardousms19@gmail.com
00964 7760939639

Instructions:

Dr F Salih, fardousms19@gmail.com, 00964 7760939639
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Dr F Salih
fardousms19@gmail.com
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Fri
30
Aug
2024
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Sat
31
Aug
2024
INR 25000/-
Symbiosis Centre for Health Skills (SCHS)

30 Aug 2024
-
31 Aug 2024

INR 25000/-

Pricing notes:

Full price: INR 25000/-

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 further queries please contact Mr Atul Saraf at 9604601595 or e mail pgdems@schs.edu.in;
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30
Aug
2024
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31
Aug
2024
999 $
Al Jaderia Private Hospital / Pulse Training Company

30 Aug 2024
-
31 Aug 2024

999 $

Pricing notes:

Full price: 999 $

Course Fees:

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Al Jaderia Private Hospital / Pulse Training Company

Location:

Pulse Training Centre
Floor 2, Building 15
BAHGAD
Iraq
rcs-info@pulse-itc.com
+9647839808086

Instructions:

Dr F Salih, rcs-info@pulse-itc.com, +9647839808086, before booking Please contact us coordinator: Dr F Salih rcs-info@pulse-itc.com +9647839808086
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