Introduction to Robotic Surgery for the Extended Surgical Care Team

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A one-day course for members of the extended surgical team to gain an introduction to Robotic Surgery using the Intuitive Da Vinci platform. The course will provide the opportunity for discussion of key elements in planning and running robot-assisted cases with experienced practitioners. In addition, it will provide hand-on opportunities for those looking to develop roles in first assisting for robotic-assisted cases.



Relevant Grades

  • Non-medical members of the peri-operative surgical care team
  • Particular relevance to Surgical Care Practitioners looking to develop roles in first assisting for robotic procedures.


Course Format

Lectures, discussions and practical sessions including hand-on experience of the DaVinci platforms.


Course Objectives

  • To gain invaluable experience of the Intuitive DaVinci robotic platform. This course will be of particular benefit to those wishing to develop skills as a first assistant in robotic-assisted cases.
  • To gain an understanding of the role of the patient side assistant with an opportunity to discuss the role with experienced practitioners.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • To gain proficiency in sterile draping; docking/instrument exchange/camera-arm navigation/undocking.

  • To gain an understanding of effective port placement as well as robotic instruments.

  • To gain experience on troubleshooting including clashing/visualisation issues/faults

  • To discuss management of emergency scenarios and to learn top tips for team development

  • To gain a greater understanding of the expectations placed on patient side assistants and operating surgeons, thus supporting the development of a more in-depth appreciation of the management of ‘routine’ and emergency scenarios.



Course Fee: £110.00

Course Fee for RCSEd Members: £100.00

Course Fee for FPC Members: £100.00 


Course Director

Mr Edward Mains, Consultant Urological Surgeon, NHS Lothian

Ms Jennifer Ayers, ST7 Urology, Western General Hospital


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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
The Education Section

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