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Clinical Skills in Emergency Surgery

This in-depth three-day course enables surgical trainees who have completed basic surgical training to expand their skillset and learn more advanced surgical techniques.

You will take part in an extensive range of structured practical sessions which focus on the essential skills needed in emergency circumstances. Upon completion, you will be able to demonstrate sound practice in bowel anastomosis using a variety of techniques. You will also cover other vascular and abdominal emergency procedures using open and laparoscopic techniques.

This course is mapped to the ISCP syllabus for General Surgery ST3/ST4 intermediate stage.

To see a list of our current Clinical Skills in Emergency Surgery course centres please click here (correct as of May 2020) 

  • 3 days
  • 18.00 CPD Points
3 days
18.00 CPD Points


Learning Outcomes

After attending this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate sound practice in bowel anastomosis in a variety of techniques
  • Carry out a difficult access sutured anastomosis, to include anterior and submucosal
  • Form a variety of viable stomas, taking into consideration incision and possible complications
  • Carry out side-to-side and transverse stapling anastomosis
  • Carry out emergency arterial closure and vein patching
  • Carry out a hand-sewn end-to-end anastomosis
  • Discuss the use of energy sources and demonstrate their safe use
  • Carry out a laparoscopic appendectomy with due regard to surrounding tissue
  • Practice the repair of a femoral hernia on porcine model


This course includes a range of interactive teaching, including step-by-step demonstrations and small group workstation sessions.

You will work closely with experienced faculty, who will continuously share formative feedback.

Before the course, you will be given access to online activities to complete and videos to watch. This is to ensure you can get the most out of every day of the course.

Additional Information

Course content

You will cover a variety of topics during this course, including:

  • Review of knot tying
  • Abdominal closure and principles of suturing
  • Bowel anastomosis, including size discrepancies, open access and use of clamps
  • Moderately difficult access - anterior/submucosal
  • Formation of stomas - double barrelled and end
  • Side to side and transverse anastomosis using stapling
  • Vascular – instruments review, mobilisation and control, plus control of bleeds (permanent and until help arrives)
  • Assessment: bowel anastomosis
  • Principles and safe use of energy sources
  • Laparoscopic: appendix simulations skills practice
  • How to manage an ulcer perforation

Take a look at a sample Clinical Skills in Emergency Surgery programme

Completing the advance online activities

Online activities will be available six weeks before the course begins.

Please ensure you have completed them in advance so that you can participate fully in all practical sessions.

For reference purposes, you will also be able to access the online modules for a year after the course.

Teaching ‘one safe way’

This course teaches ‘one safe way’ that trainees may use to safely perform each surgical procedure. 

Please note that these are not the only techniques, and that there are additional methods that are also suitable.

PGCert in Surgery Associated Course

You will be awarded 4 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

There are currently no dates available for this course. Please register your interest and we will email you when the next dates are announced.

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Further information and queries


Phone us

Call 020 7869 6300 to talk with a member of our team. 

We are available to answer calls during our working hours of 8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday and there is a voicemail outside this time.