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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 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 Surgical Skills for Students and Health Professionals 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 SSSHP participants. This kit is designed for you to practise your knotting and suturing skills at home and consolidate what you learn on the course.

Find out more about the kit here.


  • £99.00
  • 1 day
  • 6.00 CPD Points
£99.00
1 day
6.00 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 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

Approved Regional Courses

Sat
13
Nov
2021
£125
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

13 Nov 2021

Here is an overview of the programme

£125

Pricing notes:

Full price: £125

Course Fees:

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

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
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £125

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Sat
12
Nov
2022
£125
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

12 Nov 2022

Here is an overview of the programme

£125

Pricing notes:

Full price: £125

Course Fees:

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

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
View in Google Maps

Booking details

Pricing notes:

Full price: £125

Before booking at the centre, please follow these steps:

Have an account?
Please login Please login
Not got an account?
Register to continue

Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
Ms J Peck
janine.peck1@nhs.net
mailto:janine.peck1@nhs.net

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Royal College Of Surgeons Courses

Sat
13
Nov
2021
£99.00
LONDON, United Kingdom

13 Nov 2021

Here is an overview of the programme

£99.00

Pricing notes:

Full price: £99.00
RCS Affiliates: £89.10

Course Fees:

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

LONDON, United Kingdom

Location:

Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
LONDON
WC2A 3PE
United Kingdom
education@rcseng.ac.uk
020 7869 6300
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Tue
07
Dec
2021
£99.00
LONDON, United Kingdom

07 Dec 2021

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£99.00

Pricing notes:

Full price: £99.00
RCS Affiliates: £89.10

Course Fees:

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

LONDON, United Kingdom

Location:

Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
LONDON
WC2A 3PE
United Kingdom
education@rcseng.ac.uk
020 7869 6300
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Fri
14
Jan
2022
£99.00
LONDON, United Kingdom

14 Jan 2022

Here is an overview of the programme

£99.00

Pricing notes:

Full price: £99.00
RCS Affiliates: £89.10

Course Fees:

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

LONDON, United Kingdom

Location:

Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
LONDON
WC2A 3PE
United Kingdom
education@rcseng.ac.uk
020 7869 6300
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