Battle of the surgeons: a surgical skills course at the Clinical Education Centre, UHNM, Newcastle Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 6QG.

Battle of the Surgeons: a surgical skills course

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The course will begin with a series of short lectures to introduce the attendees to various kinds of sutures and surgical equipment they will be using throughout the day. The attendees will then proceed to hands on heavily supervised workshops (trainer: trainee, 2:1) to performed tasks outlined in our programme.

The day will conclude with a competition during which the performance of each candidate will be assessed against a set quantitative marking criterion and ergo present opportunities for attendees to win prizes.

Certificates for the course will be provided despite the outcome of the assessment. 

This course has been approved for 6 CPD points.

Please note that the location for this event is Clinical Education Centre, UHNM, Newcastle Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 6QG.

Target Audience

foundation trainees of any grade, senior house officers, other training and non-training posts

Learning Style

Highly supervised kinaesthetic learning

Course aim

The course aims to provide young trainees with the opportunity to learn basic surgical skills from senior trainees in the field, thereby learning good techniques and practice from the very start.

Course learning outcomes

  • Be able to identify and handle surgical instruments correctly as well as use them for the right purposes
  • To understand and confidently perform basic knot tying
  • Be able to safely and competently perform basic suturing
  • To be able to confidently excise a skin lesion
  • To be able to safely suture a drain, thereby drawing upon what they have learnt (knot tying)
  • To understand the principles and practice safely tendon repair techniques


Course costs - £50.00

Surgical practice is based on manual dexterity that enables precise and effective therapeutic tasks to be carried out in the surgical field. This course would give aspiring surgeons an opportunity to learn those skills at an early stage of their surgical career as well as exhibit them at the assessment (‘competition’).

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Get in touch

If you have any questions about this course, please contact us and a member of our Education team will be happy to help you.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Outreach Team

Phone: +44 (0)131 668 9213
Fax: +44 (0)131 557 6406