Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (CCrISP)

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Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (CCrISP)

This course, primarily aimed at CT2/ST2 level, aims to provide instruction in the practical management of critically ill surgical patients of all types.

The course emphasises a systematic approach to the assessment and management of these patients and their problems which if used in conjunction with clinical expertise and appropriate attention to clinical detail, should ultimately help prevent the development of serious complications and multiple organ failure.


In line with the recent changes in entry requirements for specialty training, CCrISP is usually taken in CT1 or early in CT2. This course is not suitable for FY trainees who are recommended to attend the Future Surgeons: Critical Care course.

If a trainee at foundation level attends, he or she will be removed from the course. Foundation trainees are also not permitted to attend a CCrISP course regionally as a candidate and will not receive a certificate of completion from the College on that basis. More senior trainees may benefit from attending a CCrISP course, should they wish to do so. This course is also suitable for Surgical Care Practitioners (SCPs).

Course Format

Lectures, practical/active workshops, and group discussion.

Course Objectives

The CCrISP course has been designed to address the perceived needs of trainees. The course aims to provide instruction in the practical management of critically ill surgical patients of all types. It aims to provide participants with a common-sense, consensus approach rather than be 'leading edge'.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of having attended this course, participants should:

  • Have developed the theoretical basis and practical skills necessary to manage the critically ill surgical patient.
  • Be able to assess critically ill patient accurately and appreciate the value of a system of assessment for the critically ill.
  • Understand the subtlety and variety of presentation of critical illness and the methods available for improving detection.
  • Understand the importance of a plan of action in order to achieve clinical progress, accurate diagnosis and early definitive treatment.
  • Be able to formulate a plan of action and involve appropriate assistance in a timely manner.
  • Appropriate that complications tend to occur in a cascade and realise that prevention of complications is fundamental to successful outcome.
  • Be aware of the support facilities available and interact with nursing staff, other surgeons, intensivists and anaesthetists, being aware, in particular, of the surgeon’s role in the delivery of multidisciplinary care to the critically ill.
  • Understand the requirements of the patients and their relatives during critical illness and be able to inform and support both appropriately.


Course Fee: £700.00

RCSEd Affiliate Member Fee: £630.00

Course Directors

Dr Fiona Cameron, Mr Peter Driscoll, Dr Duncan Henderson & Mr Bruce Tulloh

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my pre-course materials?

You will receive your CCrISP manual and course programme approximately six to eight weeks prior to the course date.

When will I receive my certificate?

Upon completion of the post course evaluation, you will be able to access your online certificate for the course via your account on the RCS website. Please note that if you fail to complete the survey within 30 days of the end of the course, you will not be able to access your certificate and an administrative charge may be applied to subsequently access it.

How do I contact the Education Section?

The Education Section is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.  If you wish to contact a member of the team please see contact details below:

Education mailbox:

Phone number:  0131 527 1600

Will I receive CPD?

All RCSEd educational activity is awarded CPD hours. Please see individual course for specific award.

Will I receive a Certificate?

Yes, RCSEd Certificates of Attendance are awarded for all educational courses and are handed out at the end of the course (however, please note that where an event has a PASS or FAIL this will be posted to you after the event). 

What is RCSEd’s course cancellation policy?
  1. What happens if RCSEd cancels a course I am booked on?
  2. On occasion, RCSEd may need to cancel a course, for example if we are affected by an event out with our control or if it is not financially viable for us to deliver the course. If we do need to cancel, we will let you know as soon as possible and provide you with a full refund of course fees paid.

RCSEd shall incur no further liability (eg. travel or accommodation costs). You may wish to consider taking out appropriate travel insurance for any non-refundable costs you may incur when arranging to attend the course.

  1. What happens if I need to cancel my place on a course I am booked?
  2. If you cancel your place more than four weeks before the event date, you will incur an administration fee of 10% (or £50, whichever is greater) of the total course fee. NB: For course fees £250 and under, the cancellation fee is £30)

If you cancel your place less than four weeks before the course date, once the course has started, or you do not notify us, the total course fee will be charged, and no refund will be given.

Please also note that you cannot transfer your place on a Course to someone else.  This is because many of our courses have a waiting list, and we have an obligation to honour this.

  1. Can I cancel a course booking online?
  2. NO, cancellations must be made directly with the education team by email (
  3. Can I transfer to another date for the same course?
  4. YES, you can transfer to another date by contacting the Education section directly ( Please note that you can transfer only once and transfers can only be made if more than 4 weeks prior to the start of the course, without incurring additional costs.  Should you cancel again, no refund shall be given.

Should you have any further questions, the Education Team can be contacted on 0131 527 1600 or by email to

How do I book a place on an RCSEd course?

You can book a place for all our courses by visiting the RCSEd website, and selecting the course you wish to book.  Please note that you will need to register with the website in order to book.

For some regional and international courses you will need to book directly with the centre.  Please check individual courses for details.

You can also contact the Education Section by phone to book (0131 527 1600).

What payment methods do RCSEd accept?

Visa and MasterCard are accepted on the RCSEd website and over the phone to the education team.

All course bookings will receive a booking confirmation email:  this email acts as your receipt.

Request an Invoice:  If your course fees will be paid by a third party (eg trust, hospital, charitable fund) and they wish to be invoiced then they must provide us with an official purchase order.  We are unable to process applications without this.

The purchase order should be submitted with the application form and can be emailed to  Please note that we can only invoice organisations and not individuals.  Please check with your hospital or trust, as some may require you to pay yourself and then claim the money back.

Do I receive a discount if I am a Member of RCSEd?

A 10% discount is applied to all educational courses and events organised directly through RCSEd, for Members, Fellows, Associates and Affiliates.

Are you able to help me with my VISA application?

YES, RCSEd can provide you with a Visa support letter confirming the course details and fees paid by you.  This is only possible once you have booked your place on a course and RCSEd have received the full course fee.

If a course is fully booked what can I do? Is there a waiting list?

If a course appears full and you wish to be placed on a waiting list then please contact the education team directly by email or phone 0131 527 1600.

Do you provide lunch or refreshments?

YES, for all educational courses, refreshments are served throughout the day and lunch is provided if the duration is one day or more.

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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
Education Section

Phone: +44 (0)131 527 1600
Fax: +44 (0)131 557 6406