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Courses available for CST trainees

Full booking for each course and information about expenses can be found in the CST Simulation Training Zone


Courses for Year 1

Scottish Surgical Boot Camp (Year 1) - Mandatory

This is a mandatory 4-day, simulation-rich course which is run at the Highland Clinical Skills Centre Inverness. Trainees will cover a range of technical and non-technical skills and be introduced to the community of practice.

The skills they will cover include:

  • Bowel and vascular anastomosis
  • Skin flaps
  • Laparoscopy
  • How to prioritise and make effective phone calls
  • Situation awareness
  • Decision making
  • Communication, communication skills challenges and teamwork
  • Common error traps in surgery
  • Simulation of how to lead a ward round
  • Writing operative notes
  • How to get the most from your trainer
  • Starting out in research

Further reading please click the link - Scottish Surgical Boot Camps - Publications & videos


Critical Care: Care of The Critically Ill Patient (CCrISP) 

CCrISP is a 2-day simulation-rich course which emphasises a systematic approach to the assessment and management of these patients and their problems which, if used in conjunction with clinical expertise and appropriate attention to clinical detail, should ultimately help prevent the development of serious complications and multiple organ failure. Validated by the RCSEng and delivered in all the Surgical Royal Colleges.


Critical Care: Recognition and Prevention of Injury and Deterioration (RAPID) 

The RCSEd RAPID course is also accepted and fundable as a substitute to CCrISP.  This course is in the final stages of development, please check CST Simulation Training Zone for updates.


Basic laparoscopy skills – RCPSG (optional)

The aim of the course is to familiarise the delegate with the equipment and instruments used in laparoscopic surgery, to allow simulation of manipulation of objects within a laparoscopic environment and to have the opportunity to practice simulated operations using a gallbladder and appendix laparoscopic training model.

Places will be reserved for CST trainees until 10 weeks before, then opened to all. 

Courses for Year 2

CST2 Booster Camp 

The booster camp is 2 one-day courses on consecutive days – Managing Surgical Crisis (MSC) and Consultation Skills that Matter for Surgeons (CoSMoS). These are held in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.


This includes classroom non-technical skills training in recognising and responding safely to unexpected or crisis events in the OR, followed by 8 simulation stations with debrief, in which trainees grow in confidence and safety. Directed by Alistair Geraghty, Cons Colorectal Surgeon Forth Valley, and team.


This is a new collaboration between CST and the RCSEd ICONS course faculty. Through video and classroom material, trainees receive theory and tools to help with Consultation and Shared Decision Making with patients. After the event and practice in the workplace, trainees are sent a webcam and consent form so they can record a real consultation and upload it to us for a debrief session with faculty over Teams, which will be done in groups of 3 trainees. A further short Teams session later in the year will consolidate the learning. This is the pilot first module of a potential 4-module series for ST2-5.


Basic Surgery Cadaver Skills (BaSiCS)

A 2 day cadaver-based course provided by the RCPSG in the Clinical Anatomy and Skills Centre Glasgow. It puts together component skills into whole operations and is particularly suitable for general, paediatric, urology, and vascular-destined trainees.

Skills trainees will cover are:

  • Laparotomy, laparoscopy
  • Laparoscopic / open appendicectomy
  • Inguinal hernia repair
  • Small bowel resection / anastomosis
  • Approach to the femoral artery


Alternatives to BaSiCS

Non general, paediatric, urology, vascular or orthopaedic-destined year 2 trainees may suggest an alternative simulation-based course if it maps to the Core curriculum. Funding of such would be considered on a case-by-case basis according to budget status. Upper limit £500. Trainees should be advised to email kenneth.walker@nhs.scot for more information.

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