Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS)

19th April 2023 (Wednesday)

Doctors Academy International Education and Training Centre, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff


This one-day course is aimed at consultant surgeons and post-CCT trainees from all surgical specialties. The course examines the non-technical skills which underpin good operative performance using short talks, video simulated scenarios, an audience response voting system, and small group discussions.

Technical skills are, themselves, inadequate to ensure optimal outcome following surgery. This course aims to address the non-technical skills that are the essential cognitive and interpersonal aspects of operative surgery. It intends to underpin technical actions by optimising and enhancing the performance of individual surgeons and through them, the surgical team.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to understand the theories and research relating to adverse events in surgery and the importance of the non-technical skills in improving performance. Attendees will also be able to use the NOTSS taxonomy to observe, rate, and provide feedback on behaviours in the operating room.

Participants will receive reading material prior to attending the course. The course gives participants practical experience of observing and rating non-technical behaviours. The format is centered on small group work and the use of simulated scenarios from the operating theatre and other industries.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, participants should be able to:
  • demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of non-technical skills and error management to surgical performance.
  • observe and discuss examples of good and poor behaviours in the operating theatre.
  • use a taxonomy of non-technical skills.
  • rate behaviours using the NOTSS rating scale.
  • provide structured feedback to trainees/other consultant surgeons based on observations.
  • discuss how non-technical failures can lead to poor clinical outcomes.

Suitable for

  • Consultant Surgeons from all surgical specialties
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Date 19th April 2023 (Wednesday)
Time 0830-1645 hours
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Doctors Academy International Education and Training Centre, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff
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 25
Dress code Professional/Semi-formal
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