Intercollegiate Basic Surgical Skills

This highly practical and interactive 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.

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To teach, assess and certify the ability of trainees to use safe and sound surgical techniques that are common to all forms of surgery.


  • Outline gowning and gloving before surgery.
  • 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.

Open surgery

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, 5 November 2020 - Friday, 6 November 2020

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM (2 days)

  • Belfast
  • £600.00 incl. VAT

Thu 5 Nov 2020 - Fri 6 Nov 2020

09:00 AM - 05:00 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.


£600 (Early Bird Price)/ £675.00 (Standard Price)


9am – 5pm each day

Accredited by

12 CPD Hours