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Basic Surgical Skills (Intercollegiate BSS)

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

Delivered over two days, through a series of hands-on sessions, you will develop a range of core surgical skills and techniques. This course also includes some mandatory, pre-course e-learning. 

Led by experienced faculty you will have the opportunity to learn to use a range of surgical instruments and to handle tissue with increased confidence.

BSS is curriculum mandated training for Core Surgery and therefore eligible for HEE Study Leave applications.

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 BSS 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 BSS participants. 

Find out more about the kit here. Please email GBsales@limbsandthings.com using code STROC10% to purchase kits.

  • £670.50
  • 2 days
  • 12.00 CPD Points
£670.50
2 days
12.00 CPD Points

Suitability

This course is suitable for: FY1-2 and CT1-2. It is also open to Surgical Care Practitioners, Surgical First Assistants, and anyone in training for those roles.

Learning Outcomes

After attending this course, you should have gained core skills in open surgery, electrosurgery and endoscopic surgery. You should be able to:

  • demonstrate safe operating techniques;
  • use a variety of surgical knots safely and effectively;
  • confidently handle and use surgical instruments;
  • handle tissues confidently with due regard to their unique properties;
  • use endoscopic instruments in a practical and safe way;
  • discuss the practical, safe use of electrosurgery. 

Format

BSS is a practical, workshop-led course. Each skill is introduced with a step-by-step demonstration, before participants practice the technique.

You’ll receive continual feedback and assessment throughout the two days.

Before the course, you will be sent the BSS handbook and a link to the online learning platform, where you can view the BSS videos and do the MCQs. This essential pre-course material will ensure you get the most out of every session. 

Additional Information

Course content

You will participate in a variety of practical training sessions during the BSS course, including:

  • gowning, gloving, laying safe surgical knots and local anaesthetic management;
  • tissue handling practice (including for infected and contaminated tissues), along with the requirements for differing tissue sites, such as skin, bowel or vessels;
  • electrosurgery device usage;
  • manipulation of endoscopic instruments in a 3D surgical environment while viewing a remote 2D image;
  • visuospatial awareness, management of depth cueing and control of the ‘fulcrum effect’ during endoscopic surgery.

Take a look at a sample BSS programme

10% discount on this course for RCS members

Members, Fellows, Associates and Affiliates benefit from a 10% discount on this course when held at one of our partner centres - MSSSC (Manchester) and GAPS (St Georges, London). 

Your discount will be applied automatically when booking. 

Find out more about joining today.

PGCert in Surgery Associated Course

You will be awarded 2 credits toward the Postgraduate Certificate in Surgery upon booking this course. (The inclusion of courses in the PGCert in Surgery is subject to availability).

Booking Options

Regional Centres

Wed
22
Sep
2021
-
Thu
23
Sep
2021
£670
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

22 Sep 2021
-
23 Sep 2021

£670

Pricing notes:

Full price: £670

Course Fees:

Please note, for courses held at the College, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at our cancellation policy first.

For regional and international course payments and terms & conditions, please contact the relevant centre.

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Location:

Broadgreen Hospital
Thomas Drive
LIVERPOOL
L14 3LB
United Kingdom
surgical.simulation@rlbuht.nhs.uk
0151 7063580

Instructions:

Ms R Page, surgical.simulation@rlbuht.nhs.uk, 0151 7063580
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £670

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Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
Ms R Page
surgical.simulation@rlbuht.nhs.uk
mailto:surgical.simulation@rlbuht.nhs.uk

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Sat
25
Sep
2021
-
Sun
26
Sep
2021
£710
King's College Hospital

25 Sep 2021
-
26 Sep 2021

£710

Pricing notes:

Full price: £710

Course Fees:

Please note, for courses held at the College, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at our cancellation policy first.

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King's College Hospital

Location:

King's College Hospital
Denmark Hill
LONDON
SE5 9RS
United Kingdom
events@crsurgeon.co.uk
44 7983595879

Instructions:

Mr J W Nunoo-Mensah, events@crsurgeon.co.uk, 44 7983595879, To Register [1] Please complete the form at https://www.ddcrs.org/bss-course [2] On receipt of form, details of how to make payment will be sent to you. [3] Registration is not confirmed until a full payment is received and email confirmation sen
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Full price: £710

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events@crsurgeon.co.uk
https://www.ddcrs.org/bss-course

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Mon
27
Sep
2021
-
Tue
28
Sep
2021
£675
Kent and Canterbury Hospital

27 Sep 2021
-
28 Sep 2021

£675

Pricing notes:

Full price: £675

Course Fees:

Please note, for courses held at the College, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at our cancellation policy first.

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Kent and Canterbury Hospital

Location:

William Harvey Hospital
Kennington Road
ASHFORD
TN24 0LZ
United Kingdom
daniellebruce@nhs.net
01227 783018

Instructions:

Mrs D Bruce, daniellebruce@nhs.net, 01227 783018
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Pricing notes:

Full price: £675

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Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
Mrs D Bruce
daniellebruce@nhs.net
mailto:daniellebruce@nhs.net

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Partner Centres

Tue
12
Oct
2021
-
Wed
13
Oct
2021
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

12 Oct 2021
-
13 Oct 2021

from £670.50

Pricing notes:

Full price: £745.00
RCS Affiliates: £670.50
RCS England Members/Fellows: £670.50

Course Fees:

Please note, for courses held at the College, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at our cancellation policy first.

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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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Thu
14
Oct
2021
-
Fri
15
Oct
2021
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

14 Oct 2021
-
15 Oct 2021

from £670.50

Pricing notes:

Full price: £745.00
RCS Affiliates: £670.50
RCS England Members/Fellows: £670.50

Course Fees:

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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
09
Nov
2021
-
Wed
10
Nov
2021
from £670.50
LONDON, United Kingdom

09 Nov 2021
-
10 Nov 2021

from £670.50

Pricing notes:

Full price: £745.00
RCS Affiliates: £670.50
RCS England Members/Fellows: £670.50

Course Fees:

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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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International Centres

Wed
22
Sep
2021
-
Thu
23
Sep
2021
AED 3500
University Of Sharjah

22 Sep 2021
-
23 Sep 2021

AED 3500

Pricing notes:

Full price: AED 3500

Course Fees:

Please note, for courses held at the College, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at our cancellation policy first.

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University Of Sharjah

Location:

University of Sharjah
Sharjah Surgical Institute
27272 SHARJAH
United Arab Emirates
nshabbir@sharjah.ac.ae
00971 6505 7579

Instructions:

Mrs N S Shabbir, nshabbir@sharjah.ac.ae, 00971 6505 7579
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Pricing notes:

Full price: AED 3500

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Contact details:

Please contact the coordinator:
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nshabbir@sharjah.ac.ae
https://ssi.sharjah.ac.ae/en/Programs/Pages/CourseRegistrationForm.aspx?mcid=393

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Fri
22
Oct
2021
-
Sat
23
Oct
2021
600€
University of Thessaly

22 Oct 2021
-
23 Oct 2021

600€

Pricing notes:

Full price: 600€

Course Fees:

Please note, for courses held at the College, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at our cancellation policy first.

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University of Thessaly

Location:

IASO Thessalias Hospital
8th klm O.N.R.
41500 LARISSA
Greece
bss.greece@gmail.com
30 6937 220320

Instructions:

Ms E Kokoti, bss.greece@gmail.com, 30 6937 220320
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Full price: 600€

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Fri
07
Jan
2022
-
Sat
08
Jan
2022
INR 23600/- inclusive of GST
Symbiosis Centre for Health Skills (SCHS)

07 Jan 2022
-
08 Jan 2022

INR 23600/- inclusive of GST

Pricing notes:

Full price: INR 23600/- inclusive of GST

Course Fees:

Please note, for courses held at the College, we require full payment upon booking. Take a look at our cancellation policy first.

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Symbiosis Centre for Health Skills (SCHS)

Location:

Symbiosis Centre for Health Skills (SCHS)
Senapati Bapat Road
PUNE 411004
India
drparag@sihspune.org
91 9822040971

Instructions:

Dr P Rishipathak, drparag@sihspune.org, 91 9822040971, For Registration Contact: Dr.Shrimathy Vijayaraghavan : +91-9029279349/moems@schs.edu.in
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Full price: INR 23600/- inclusive of GST

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