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Surgical Skills for Students and Health Professionals

This hands-on, one-day course is designed for medical students preparing to embark on a surgical career, and health professionals in roles relating to surgery. (See suitability section below).

Taught in a practical workshop format, this course will teach you how to perform basic surgical procedures in a safe environment, working with jigs and animal or synthetic tissue.

With feedback from faculty, you will develop essential surgical skills such as gowning and gloving, skin preparation and draping, suturing techniques and knot tying.

Completing the Surgical Skills for Students and Health Professionals course entitles medical students, foundation and core trainees to 12 months complimentary affiliate membership. After completing your post-course evaluation, apply for membership as normal and the cost will be removed from your basket.

RCS England membership entitles you to a 10% discount on this course at partner centres. Find out if you're eligible to join or transfer. 

View a list of our current Surgical Skills for Students and Health Professionals course centres. (correct as of May 2020). 

  • £156.00
  • 1 day
  • 8.00 CPD Points
£156.00
1 day
8.00 CPD Points

Suitability

This course is aimed at medical students and any health professional who is required to work in an operating theatre environment or carry out basic knotting and suturing, such as Operating Department Practitioners, Surgical First Assistants, Physician Associates and Cardiac Physiologists. It may also be useful for allied health professionals who are considering moving into a career relating to surgery.

Learning Outcomes

Following the course, you will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate a safe set of aseptic skills
  • Recognise the function, and demonstrate the safe handling, of a basic set of instruments
  • Tie a safe and secure knot
  • Close a wound safely and appropriately
  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate tissue handling
  • Identify principles for the safe use of local anaesthetic

Format

This course teaches practical skills in a workshop environment, using fresh porcine tissue (some regional centres may use, or offer the option of, synthetic tissue). You will be supported by experienced surgeons, and receive personal feedback on your progress.

Additional Information

Course content   

Activities include:

  • surgical handwashing
  • gowning and double-gloving
  • skin preparation and draping
  • tying a variety of surgical knots
  • handling key surgical instruments
  • interrupted, mattress and subcuticular suturing
  • local anaesthetic techniques
  • excision of skin lesion
  • excision of sebaceous cyst

Course materials

As part of the course, you will receive:

  • one years’ access to course videos on the virtual learning environment;
  • companion handbook with step-by-step instructions for all the skills taught on the course, sections on theatre environment and etiquette, and reflective activities;
  • certificate of attendance.

Take a look at a sample Surgical Skills for Students and Health Professionals programme

10% discount on this course for RCS England affiliates and associates

Affiliates and associates benefit from a 10% discount on this course when held at our partner centres. 

Your discount will be applied automatically when booking.

Find out more about joining today.

Booking Options

Regional SSSHP Courses

Sat
23
Nov
2024
£125
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

23 Nov 2024

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£125

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Full price: £125

Course Fees:

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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 an application form
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RCS England Bjorn Saven Centre

Wed
29
May
2024
from £156.00
LONDON, United Kingdom

29 May 2024

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from £156.00

Pricing notes:

Full price: £255.00
RCS Affiliates: £229.50
RCS England Members/Fellows: £229.50
RCS England Surgical Associates: £229.50

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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Sat
22
Jun
2024
from £156.00
LONDON, United Kingdom

22 Jun 2024

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from £156.00

Pricing notes:

Full price: £255.00
RCS Affiliates: £229.50
RCS England Members/Fellows: £229.50
RCS England Surgical Associates: £229.50

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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Fri
26
Jul
2024
from £156.00
LONDON, United Kingdom

26 Jul 2024

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from £156.00

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Full price: £255.00
RCS Affiliates: £229.50
RCS England Members/Fellows: £229.50
RCS England Surgical Associates: £229.50

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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 SSSHP Courses

Sat
08
Jun
2024
AED 1575
University Of Sharjah

08 Jun 2024

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AED 1575

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Full price: AED 1575

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University Of Sharjah

Location:

University of Sharjah
Sharjah Surgical Institute
27272 SHARJAH
United Arab Emirates
jthadathil@sharjah.ac.ae
00971 6505 7579

Instructions:

Mr Joby Simon Thadathil, jthadathil@sharjah.ac.ae, 00971 6505 7579
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Sat
15
Jun
2024
$300
American University Of Beirut Medical Center

15 Jun 2024

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$300

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Full price: $300

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American University Of Beirut Medical Center

Location:

American University of Beirut Medical Center
Cairo Street
BEIRUT
Lebanon
sb66@aub.edu.lb
96171 752280

Instructions:

Mr S Ballouz, sb66@aub.edu.lb, 96171 752280
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