The Faculty of Perioperative Care


The Faculty of Perioperative Care is developing a portfolio of bespoke courses and examinations for perioperative practitioners:

  • Basic Surgical Skills
  • Perioperative Care Practitioners Intraoperative Non-Technical Skills (PINTS)
  • Leadership and Development for Perioperative Practitioners
  • Perioperative Key Skills Course
  • Cardiothoracic Exit Exam for SCPs

More information can be found here.

Our courses have been accredited by The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP).

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in association with the RCSEd Faculty of Perioperative Care have developed a new webinar series for non-medical practitioners. CPD is important for all non-medical practitioners in the surgical team (e.g. SCP, ACP and SFA) to ensure their knowledge, technical and non-technical skills are kept up to date with current practice. RCSEd is the first College to develop a series of webinars specifically for this group which will complement the courses and the annual conference already run by the Faculty of Perioperative Care at the College.

The series will include the following topics and once shown, they will be available within our RCSEd archive, available to all FPC Faculty and RCSEd members.

Auditing my Surgical Practice as a practitioner

Responsibilities and Accountability of the Surgical Assistant 

Assessment of risk in the surgical patient – Informed Consent post-Montgomery: what the practitioner should know


 Patient Safety Webinars

The RCSEd Patient Safety Group (PSG) have made sure maximising patient safety and ensuring the highest possible standards of patient care have been at the heart of the College’s activity.

The PSG are excited to mark the first World Patient Safety Day by launching the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh new Patient Safety Webinar series. This series features contributions from renowned world experts in the patient safety arena drawn from a wide range of disciplines including surgery, anaesthetics, clinical psychology and law. Topics covered include WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, Medical Error, Systems approaches to improving patient safety, Morbidity and Mortality Meetings, Duty of Candour, Team Simulation and Informed Consent.  Past webinars are archived and RCSEd members have access to this series. 

The series includes:

Successes and failures implementing the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist

Designing Safety: Redefining Safety and Quality Reviews

Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons: Global approaches to improving patient safety

What about you: reflections on how you can make small changes that make a real difference to your day to day working

The problem with 'Medical Error'

Embedding the Professional Duty of Candour

Helping Surgeons when things go wrong

Psychological insights on intra-operative decision making

Informed Consent - why sharing the decision is safer for everyone

MSc Surgical Care Practitioner Programme


The MSc Surgical Care Practitioner programme is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons and designed to expand your practical skills to assist with complex surgical procedures, manage patients intraoperatively and be responsible for pre-operative and post-operative outpatient clinics.  Delivered at University of Plymouth, the Surgical Care Practitioner programmes have been specifically developed to enable you to become a competent Surgical Care Practitioner in one of three specialist pathways over a two year full time programme.

 You will develop your professional experience and specialist knowledge with a blended learning approach which mixes taught sessions at the Plymouth campus with practical experience in a direct clinical practice setting. 

 The key features, course details and how to apply can be found on the website