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The Faculty of Perioperative Care


The FPC and RCSEd offer a collection of courses to suit all levels of perioperative practitioners. From non-technical skills to leadership and development, these courses cover a wide range of topics to help any member of the extended surgical team build a stronger skill set. All FPC members are eligible for a discount on all courses, visit the course booking page for more details.

Upcoming Courses

Basic Surgical Skills

9 September - 14 December 2023 | UK and International

This is a two-day course delivered by highly experience surgeons in multiple locations across the UK and internationally. The course is aimed at FY1 and above, and is designed to instill core surgical skills and good practice at the very start of the individual's surgical training. The range of skills the participant will learn include:

  • instrument handling
  • knot tying
  • suturing techniques
  • fine tissue handling
  • wound management
  • diathermy

Upon completion of this course, attendees will have the opportunity to apply for a one-year FREE Affiliate Membership with the College.

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Perioperative Care Practitioners Intraoperative Non-Technical Skills (PINTS)

13 September 2023 | Edinburgh

This is a one-day interactive course aimed at Perioperative Care Practitioners (PCPs) and Surgical First Care Assistants (SFAs). The purpose of this course is to help improve intra-operative performance, and to help observe and rate intra-operative non-technical skills.

The course will consist of a small series of lectures/videos and breakout sessions for small group work including exercises based on simulated scenarios within the operating theatre and other industries.

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Clinical Research Methodology in a Nutshell 

4 October 2023 | Edinburgh

This one-day course has been created to equip delegates with core skills in research designs and methods. This will be an interactive day with group work and participants will gain an understanding of the principles of research methodology to critically appraise the literature and practice evidence-based medicine. They will also gain an understanding of the basic principles and tools to develop their own research / QI project.

This course is aimed at trainees of all grades; SAS doctors; allied health professionals and consultants.

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Ultrasound Venous Scan Assessment (UVSA) Competency-based Course

18 - 19 November 2023 | Birmingham

This two-day course will demonstrate the utility of the ultrasound doppler machine to scan the greater and short saphenous vein for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) surgery. Delegates will be trained and assessed on the use of the technology in harvesting a good conduit.

This course is suitable for: trainee surgical care practitioners, qualified surgical care practitioners, core surgical trainees 1,2 and 3, vascular scientists and vascular practitioners.

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Leadership and Development for Perioperative Practitioners

Date and location to be confirmed

This one-day interactive course has been created to help participants develop self awareness of their learning styles, individual strengths and development needs. This course will help participants to identify further development and training needs and receive advice on relevant training courses and opportunities available. 

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Informed Consent: Sharing the Decision (ICONS)

Date and location to be confirmed

The ICONS workshop content has been informed by internationally recognised experts in Shared Decision Making, by consensus among senior practicing surgeons, by patients and by professional experts in risk management and risk communication.

The ICONS workshop taking place in Birmingham, will equip delegates with the skills and knowledge to implement best practice in sharing the complex decisions surrounding informed consent. By participating in a workshop, they will also contribute to the development of resources for future training in the important area of informed consent.

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Perioperative Key Skills Course

Date and location to be confirmed

This is a one-day practical based course designed to equip advanced perioperative practitioners with the key skills required to assist in surgery. Such skills include, knot-tying procedures, suturing techniques, local anesthetic administration and much more. 

Delegates will have the opportunity to work with animal tissue whilst being supervised by experts within the surgical and nursing profession.

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


Partner Courses

MSc Surgical Care Practitioner Programme

University of Plymouth

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. 

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MSc Surgical Care Practice

Edge Hill University

This three-years full-time course is suitable for qualified registered practitioners who have been appointed as a trainee surgical care practitioner within a surgical directorate.

Delivered at Edge Hill University, you will develop core and specialist surgical skills and extend your knowledge and practice within the surgical care environment. This will include some operative procedures that will enable specialist practitioners to provide continuity of service and standards of care to patients in areas which do not necessarily need to be provided by medically qualified staff.

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MSc, PG CERT, PG DIP Surgical Care Practice 

Anglia Ruskin University

This two-years part-time course is designed for registered nurses, operating department practitioners, allied health professionals or perioperative practitioners currently working as a trainee SCP. 

As a Surgical Care Practice student at Anglia Ruskin University, you will develop a wide range of skills under the direction of a consultant surgeon. You will also learn on the job, completing 2,200 hours in practice in a variety of clinical settings, and building a portfolio under the supervision of registered healthcare professionals.

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