ESSENTIAL SURGICAL SKILLS

(and Principles for Aspiring Surgeons [ESSPAS])

6th March 2021
7th March 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 a junior surgical trainee 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 surgical instruments
  • Safely disposing sharps
  • Secure knot tying (Reef knot, Surgeon’s knot, Tying at Depth)
  • Basic and advanced 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 attendee should:
  • have understood the main principles of effective surgical scrubbing.
  • have appreciated the importance of aseptic precautions in surgery.
  • be able to gown in a correct manner.
  • be able to carry out the closed method of gloving.
  • have gained an appreciation of the different suture materials and surgical 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 a knot at depth.
  • be able to execute basic and advanced suturing techniques.
  • be able to excise a lesion and close the wound.
  • be able to excise a subcutaneous cyst and close the wound.
  • have understood the principles behind draining an abscess and planning appropriate wound management.
  • have understood the principles behind debriding a traumatic contaminated wound in an effective manner.
  • have understood the essential concepts in wound healing and the principles of reconstructive surgery.
  • have understood the principles of surgical diathermy and using it in a safe and efficient manner.
  • have understood and appreciated the ergonomics and the skills required inlaparoscopic surgery.
  • be able to structure a safe initial management plan for patients presenting with trauma and emergency surgical conditions.

Reviews

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.
Dates 6th March 2021
7th March 2021
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
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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 24
Dress code Professional/Semi-formal
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