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Human Factors for Surgeons and Healthcare Professionals (online)

Human factors awareness and skills development is a vital element of surgical education.

Adverse incidents are an inevitable part of clinical practice. Human factors allows surgeons to manage errors before incidents occur, learn from adverse events, improve team performance and morale, and facilitate greater patient safety. In surgery, human factors is a broad and complex field that encompasses non-technical skills, safety science and system design. Human factors is a recognised generic professional competency (GPC) by the General Medical Council (GMC), Joint committee on Surgical Training (JSCT), and medical indemnity societies.

This course introduces key concepts in human factors in an engaging and accessible format, allowing learners to demonstrate a foundation in human factors knowledge, and improved confidence in a challenging and fast-growing skills area. Those with leadership responsibilities in a surgical team, as well as those who aspire to such positions, will benefit from human factors training. In doing so, surgeons and other health professionals will be better positioned to create effective, supportive and just clinical teams centred on patient safety.

This training comprises a suite of interactive e-learning sessions supported by real-life case studies to enable learners to apply principles to their practice. A portfolio certificate is provided following the short online assessment.

Topics include:
  • Errors and just culture
  • Situational awareness
  • Threat and error management
  • Effective communication
  • Teamwork
  • £56.00
  • 7 hours days
  • 7.00 CPD Points
7 hours days
7.00 CPD Points


This course is suitable to all surgical career grades and is open to the surgical care team.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you should be able to:

  • outline a common human factors (HF) approach for surgical leadership;
  • recognise the ubiquitous nature of human error;
  • exemplify important HF principles in relation to situational awareness, threat and error management and effective communication and teamwork;
  • promote non-technical tips for improving patient safety and achieving more effective teamworking;


This course is delivered in an e-learning format, meaning you can study independently at your own pace, referring back to the learning material at any point. It consists of six e-learning sessions, an assessment and further reading. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the course, including the assessment.

Additional Information

This course is part of our new Professional Passport Programme. The Passport is an evolving resource which helps surgeons and clinicians to navigate the professional opportunities and challenges during their career.

Our courses are developed with surgeons and members of the surgical team and aim to inspire self-development of key skills and leadership behaviours through a combination of e-learning, resources and recorded discussion.

Booking Options

Royal College Of Surgeons Courses

from £56.00

01 Jun 2024
02 Jun 2034

Here is an overview of the programme

from £56.00

Pricing notes:

Full price: £140.00
All Current ATLS Instructors: £56.00
All Current Surgical Faculty: £56.00
RCS England Affiliate: £56.00
RCS England Members/Fellows: £56.00
RCS England Surgical Associates: £56.00

Course Fees:

Please note, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at the cancellation policy first.



Virtual Course
United Kingdom
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