Intercollegiate Basic Surgical Skills (BSS)

This highly practical and interactive 2 day course has been designed to introduce surgical trainees to safe surgical practice within a controlled workshop environment.

Suitable for: FY1, FY2, CT1, CT2, ST1, ST2, SAS. Especially those who are about to embark on their first surgical position.

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To develop common surgical techniques through practical workshops, continuous feedback and assessments.


  • Outline gowning and gloving before surgery.
  • Observe demonstrations and use repetition to refine technique.
  • Discuss the correct handling of instruments.
  • Identify correct technique for knot tying and discuss types of knots and tying at depth.
  • Outline various suturing techniques and forms of suturing.
  • Discuss tissue handling and dissection including local anaesthetic technique.
  • Outline treatment of a traumatic wound including abscess drainage and abdominal close and drain insertion.
  • Outline the basic principles of electrosurgery.
  • Outline the basic principles of endoscopic surgery.


Pre-Course Material

Delegates will receive a handbook and access to a online learning platform in order to gain a sufficient level of baseline knowledge, delivered through interactive content, videos and MCQs. This must be completed prior to attending the two practical days.


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At the end of the course delegates should be able to:

  • Understand and practice safe operating techniques in a safe environment for the patient, themselves and the team.
  • Understand the characteristics and safe handling of surgical instruments and sharps.
  • Understand that careful and sound aspects of technique are more important than simple manual dexterity or speed.
  • Understand and practice the techniques of gowning and gloving.
  • Understand and practice the correct techniques for laying safe surgical knots and placing sutures.
  • Understand the principles of handling tissues and recognise differing requirements for differing sites e.g. skin, bowel, abdominal wall, vessels and tendons.
  • Understand and practice safe local anaesthetic techniques.
  • Understand the principles of assessment and primary surgical management of infected and contaminated soft tissues.


At the end of the course delegates should be able to:

  • Understand the principles behind the practical and safe use of electrosurgery devices.

Endoscopic surgery

At the end of the course delegates should be able to:

  • Understand the differences between open and endoscopic surgery, including the manipulation of instruments in a three-dimensional surgical environment while viewing a remote two-dimensional image.
  • Practice visuospatial awareness involved in depth cueing and the “fulcrum” effect of instrument manipulation.





Intercollegiate Basic Surgical Skills



Thursday, 30 March 2023 - Friday, 31 March 2023

08:00 AM - 05:30 PM (2 days)

  • Belfast
  • £675.00 incl. VAT

Thu 30 Mar 2023 - Fri 31 Mar 2023

08:00 AM - 05:30 PM (2 days)

This highly practical, two-day course is suitable for all trainees hoping to pursue a career in surgery. Trainees will be introduced to safe surgical practices within a controlled workshop-led environment, where each skill is introduced with a step-by-step demonstration, before participants practice the technique in small groups.




8:30am – 5:30pm



Kingsbridge Training Academy
10 Falcon Way, Boucher Road,
Belfast, BT12 6SQ

Accredited by

12 CPD Hours