ESSENTIAL SURGICAL SKILLS

(and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons [ESSPAS])

22nd May 2021
23rd May 2021

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Cardiff, Frazer Building, 126 Bute Street, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 5LE

About

This one-day course is aimed at providing the attendee with an overview of the essential principles, core concepts and fundamental skills relevant for foundation years and early surgical training. The course predominantly comprises of hands-on training in surgical skills using animal tissue interspersed with structured and focused teaching on the principles of management of trauma and operative surgery. With a high tutor-to-delegate ratio, this course is designed to equip the attendee with the essential surgical skills that will be expected of a clinical year medical student or junior doctor in the operating theatre. There will also be discussions on the management of patients with trauma and those presenting with surgical emergencies.

Topics Covered

  • Aseptic precautions
  • Surgical gowning
  • Closed method of gloving
  • Suture materials and needles
  • Safe use of local anaesthesia
  • Handling of surgical instruments
  • Secure knot tying (Reef knot, Surgical knot, Tying at Depth)
  • Basic suturing techniques (simple interrupted, simple continuous, subcuticular, vertical mattressand horizontal mattress)
  • Excision of a cutaneous lesion
  • Excision of a subcutaneous cyst
  • Drainage of an abscess
  • Debridement of a contaminated wound
  • Wound healing and principles of reconstructive surgery
  • Role of antibiotics in trauma and surgery
  • Principles of surgical diathermy
  • Fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery
  • Discussion of cases in trauma and general surgery

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, the delegate should:
  • have understood the importance of aseptic precautions in surgery.
  • be able to gown in a correct manner.
  • be able to carry out closed method of gloving.
  • have gained an appreciation of the various suture materials and needles.
  • be able to institute local anaesthesia in a safe and efficient manner.
  • be able to handle surgical instruments correctly and dispose the sharps safely.
  • be able to tie a secure reef and surgeon’s knot, and tie at depth.
  • be able to perform the basic suturing techniques.
  • be able to excise a lesion and close the wound.
  • be able to excise a subcutaneous cyst and close the wound.
  • be able to drain an abscess and plan appropriate wound management.
  • be able to debride a contaminated wound in an effective manner.
  • have understood the principles of diathermy.
  • be able to assist in laparoscopic surgery in an efficient manner.
  • have understood the essential concepts in wound healing and the principles of reconstructive surgery.
  • be able to structure a safe initial management plan for patients presenting with trauma and emergency surgical conditions.

Reviews

Generally it was a good course and I'm glad that I signed up for it.

BH
University of Nicosia Medical School, Nicosia, Cyprus
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 19th December 2020, Cardiff

This was one of the best surgical skill courses I have been to, definitely worth the money, incredibly well organised, kind tutors and excellent teaching from the professor! Plenty of time to practice and gain skills!!

AM
Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 19th December 2020, Cardiff

Great course - I wish I had done this before my student placements in surgery as it would have really helped me to make the most out of them!

CF
University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 19th December 2020, Cardiff

This course was very well organised and run. The tutors were very friendly and approachable. Great range of topics covered and I learnt a lot.

CT
CWM Taf University Health Board
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 19th December 2020, Cardiff

It was very well executed course. Good value for money. Tight schedule but a lot covered.

JL
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 19thDecember 2020, Cardiff

Overall fantastic course. So much of relevant topics were covered on the day. I had a long travel to do this Cardiff but well worth it. Thank you tutors and organisers!

MG
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 19thDecember 2020, Cardiff

A comprehensive range of essential topics were covered with a good tutor-delegate ratio so that any struggles could be quickly attended to and fixed. The delivery was highly professional and of a high standard.

MM
Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 19th December 2020, Cardiff

Animal specimens were amazing to practice on. Excellent range of topics covered. Very relevant for assisting in theatre.

MF
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 19thDecember 2020, Cardiff

. Had a great day, excellent teaching from the professor. Thank you!

RM
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 19th December 2020, Cardiff

The course was generally well organised, tutors were very friendly.

DC
Cardiff University School of Medicine
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 19thDecember 2020, Cardiff

Excellent course with plenty of tutors. Well organised!

NB
Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 19thDecember 2020, Cardiff

I highly recommend this course to all medical students. I am a second year medical student and I enjoyed this course very much. I didn't feel the time passing at all. The tutors were friendly and there was 1 tutor for 2 students. This made it easy to ask questions and learn the techniques.

AB
Swansea University Medical School, Swansea, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 6th December 2020

I thought overall the course was excellent, and would (and have) recommended to others. The speed of the course was excellent - the demonstrations were excellent and quick, which allowed enough practice time. Using animal tissue was also a big plus as it's much better than foam models. All stations were really helpful.

GD
Swansea University Medical School, Swansea, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 5th December 2020

Very good, informative and useful course to attend, will recommend to friends and colleagues for future attendance.

AA
Ibn-Sina Training Hospital, Baghdad, Iraq
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 5th December 2020

I liked the way it related to the BSS curriculum. The tutors were really charming and supportive. My tutor was very patient and insightful 10/10.

JM
Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 5th December 2020

Excellent course with lots of content which was delivered in such a way that suited both medical students and junior doctors. Very high tutor: student ratio.

JB
Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 5th December 2020

The day was very informative and useful. Excellent tutors, very friendly, patient and supportive.

MF
University of Exeter Medical School, Exeter, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 5th December 2020

I have been for a few other surgical skills courses but this is simply the best. Very structured, very organized and very relevant. Lots of practice on animal tissue and learning correct techniques. Never taught in medical school or at work. This course is a ‘must do’ for every medical student and junior doctor. Also, given how much content was covered in a day the course was very well taught. 5+ stars!!

GB
St. George's University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 6th December 2020

Great course delivery and content.

KB
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 6th December 2020

Overall I found the course excellent! The delegate-to-tutor ratio was very good and the course covered a big part of BSS.

SM
Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 6th December 2020

Absolutely fantastic course.

ME
Royal London Hospital, London, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 6th December 2020

Excellent delegate-to-tutor ratio, I felt that queries I had were promptly answered. Lots of good information packed into one day, and the cases were a good way of consolidating surgical knowledge. Mohit Achanta

NA
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 6th December 2020

I thought that all the tutors and assisting staff were excellent. Clear explanations, all staff were lovely, plenty of time to practice all skills in question, and great value for money.

SS
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 6th December 2020

Good variety of topics, skills were all useful. The ratio of delegates per tutor was excellent, not too crowded and enough tutors to cover questions and good learning. Very insightful and helpful tutors, and on the whole good professionalism. Thank you for organising.

CK
St Heliers Hospital, Sutton, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 6th December 2020

I thought that all the tutors and assisting staff were excellent. Clear explanations, all staff were lovely, plenty of time to practice all skills in question, and great value for money.

NH
Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 6th December 2020

Great tutor to delegate ratio, excellent demonstration and ample time to practice.

SI
University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine, Southampton, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 6th December 2020

Topics were covered in depth and I have learnt skills that will certainly help in my future career as a surgeon. I very much appreciated the friendly atmosphere and the dedication of the demonstrator and the tutors. They were most helpful. It was overall an excellent introduction to the world of surgery.

MT
Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 6th December 2020

Fantastic course delivered very professionally and efficiently. So many topics and skills were covered, and most importantly in a structured way. It as step-by-step approach and lots of practical tips were provided. Much appreciate the tutors and organizers.

AA
Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 6th December 2020

Fantastic. Loved receiving advice from senior surgeons too! Very well organised. Very good value for money.

MA
University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 5th December 2020

An excellent course, which really helped teach the foundations of surgery.

TA
Alrafiden Hospital, Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Essential Surgical Skills and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons, 5th December 2020

Overall, the course was thoroughly enjoyable and very beneficial. As a medical student, I thought the content was pitched at just the right level. I particularly liked that, when the case discussions began, we were separated into groups and taught at an appropriate level. The teaching sessions were concise but included all the information I needed at my current level, and the presenters were enthusiastic and engaging.

OR
Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and their Application, 5th July 2020, Cardiff

Course was very affordable and content delivered was of an excellent standard. Ample time for practical skills. Course was pitched to the right level for foundation trainees. I definitely feel more confident in my practical skills (suturing/knot tying) and look forward to applying them in the clinical/theatre setting. Thank you all for a great informative day!

JC
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and their Application, 5th July 2020, Cardiff

A very informative and interactive basic surgical course suitable to both medical students and foundation doctors. Sessions were expertly delivered and explained by a friendly and approachable faculty. Lectures and case based discussions led by Consultants and Registrars provided an excellent perspective to both a career and the application process involved in becoming a surgeon. I would highly recommend this course to any student or junior doctor with any level of interest in surgery.

DM
University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and their Application, 5th July 2020, Cardiff

Really enjoyed the course! It was so lovely to see the faculty share their enthusiasm for surgery!

HW
Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, UK
Essential Surgical Skills and their Application, 5th July 2020, Cardiff

Really great course. Enthusiastic and engaging staff. Really enjoyed the T&O aspect of the course.

AH
FY1, Cardiff & Vale Health Board)
Essential Surgical Skills and their Application, 5th July 2020, Cardiff

I learnt a great deal about basic surgical skills, especially knot tying and suturing techniques. This is something that I can add to my portfolio.

HB
Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, United Kingdom
November 2019, Cardiff

This course was a brilliant introduction to basic surgical concepts and skills. I enjoyed it a lot!

ZH
Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, United Kingdom
November 2019, Cardiff

It was both relevant and informative.

JJ
Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, United Kingdom
November 2019, Cardiff

I loved the workshops and having the opportunity to perform suturing on animal tissue.

CC
Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, United Kingdom
November 2019, Cardiff

It was very good. It was lovely to attend a course that was cheap enough for students but was also of a high level.

EW
Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, United Kingdom
November 2019, Cardiff

Overall, I thought this was a fantastic course. I definitely feel that I had sufficient opportunities to practice essential surgical skills and have learnt more about relevant applications. The teaching was amazing, and all the staff were friendly and taught in such a way that wasn't intimidating.

IL
Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, United Kingdom
November 2019, Cardiff

The teachers were very good; they were very helpful, friendly and approachable.

AS
Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, United Kingdom
November 2019, Cardiff

The course was very well organised and run at an affordable price. The faculty were keen to teach in a non-judgemental manner and the presentations were clear. This was my first surgical course and it has given me a solid foundation upon which I can build to develop my basic surgical skills and confidently take part in suturing and abscess drainage during my General Surgery rotation.

AM
Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, United Kingdom
November 2019, Cardiff

The course was very well organised and informative. I was very grateful for the faculty support, who were extremely patient and kind.

CE
Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, United Kingdom
November 2019, Cardiff

This was a good start to getting surgical courses under my belt.

GG
University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom
November 2019, Cardiff

I thought the use of small group facilitators throughout the main sessions was very useful; it was great to have almost a 1:1 tutorial if you were struggling, as well as continuous feedback on how to improve. I feel much more confident now when being asked to go into theatre to assist.

LL
University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom
November 2019, Cardiff

This was a fantastic opportunity for hands on experience; it was thoroughly enjoyable as well as educational. The faculty were all absolutely brilliant, and the price was very reasonable in comparison to other courses.

MC
University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom
November 2019, Cardiff

Suitable For

  • Medical Students
  • Foundation Year Doctors
  • Core Surgical Trainees
  • Junior Surgeons
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioners
  • Surgical Nurse Practitioners
  • Theatre Assistants

Quick Information
Places are currently available.
Date 22nd May 2021
23rd May 2021
Venue
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College of Physicians and Surgeons of Cardiff, Frazer Building, 126 Bute Street, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 5LE
Course Fee £88.00
Closing Date Places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis and therefore we are unable to provide a precise closing date.
No of Places 26
Dress code Professional/Semi-formal
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