Basic Surgical Skills (Edinburgh)

Course/Event Details Course/Event Details

  • Course/Event Dates: Thu, 29 June 2023 - Fri, 30 June 2023
    Course/Event Status: Full - no spaces
    Location: Edinburgh - RCSEd
    Convenor: Mr Saheel Mukhtar
  • CPD Points: 12

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Relevant Grades Relevant Grades

  • FY1
  • FY2
  • CT1
  • CT2
  • ST1
  • ST2
  • SAS
  • Surgical Care Practitioner (SCP)


This two day course, aimed at FY1 and above, is designed to instill core surgical skills at the very start of a surgeon's training by teaching the correct basic techniques. You will be taught instrument handling, knot tying, suturing techniques, fine tissue handling, wound management and diathermy. These courses are delivered by experienced surgeons with a wide range of knowledge and experience in teaching. They are delivered both in the UK and internationally. (Attendance at this course, will give you the opportunity to apply for a one year FREE Affiliate Membership with the College).

Target Audience

BSS is strongly recommended for all trainees who are about to embark on their first surgical position.

Learning Style

Course participants have access to pre-course material online giving them the opportunity to view the basic concepts covered by the course. The course is held over two days with a series of demostrations and extensive hands on sessions. Techniques are practiced using a combination of prepared animal tissue, synthetic models and simulation.

Aims & Objectives

Junior trainees pursuing a career in surgery are expected to be able to perform a range of basic surgical skills prior to commencing specialty surgical training. These skills are not specifically covered during their foundation or core training placements. The Basic Surgical Skills courses have been running since 1994, with the involvement of all four UK and Ireland Colleges of Surgeons, and are designed to teach the essential basic technical skills required of a surgeon, instilling good practice at the early stages of training. Participants are introduced to the principles underpinning the various techniques being taught and practice these techiques with individual tuition and under the expert supervision of consultant surgeons. Participants are assessed throughout the course and issued with a certificate upon successful completion.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, participants should be able to: 1) Explain the principles of good practice in theatre etiquette, knot tying, suturing, haemostasis, anastomosis, surgical diathermy and ergonomics for minimal access surgery; 2) Describe correct handling and use of surgical instruments; 3) Demonstrate an appropraite procedure for 'gowning' and 'gloving' in accordance with recommended standards of practice; 4) Tie a variety of reliable knots, including surgical reef knots and the Aberdeen knot and tying at depth; 5) Suture a variety of tissues, including skin, bowel, vascular tissue and tendons effectively; 6) Perform abscess drainage and contaminated wound debridement in accordance with the basic principles of wound management; 7) Demonstrate basic techniques for small bowel, vascular and tendon anastomoses; 8) Demonstrate an understanding of basic diathermic technique; 9) Demonstrate effective management of ergonomic tissue commonly encountered with minimal access surgery.

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Additional Information

Please note that a cancellation charge applies.

Participant Feedback

"Very good course – Lots of hands on practical experience and plenty of faculty so a great opportunity for one-on-one interaction and feedback" ; "A fantastic course, wonderful atmosphere and I feel very prepared to offer my services for basic procedures in theatre!"

Other dates this course is running

  • Course/Event Dates: 19 Oct 2023 - 20 Oct 2023
    Contact: Education Section
    Availability: Places available
    Location: Edinburgh - RCSEd
  • Course/Event Dates: 15 Nov 2023 - 16 Nov 2023
    Contact: Education Section
    Availability: Places available
    Location: Edinburgh - RCSEd
  • Course/Event Dates: 14 Dec 2023 - 15 Dec 2023
    Contact: Education Section
    Availability: Less than 3 places available (1)
    Location: Edinburgh - RCSEd

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