The Faculty of Perioperative Care


The Faculty of Perioperative Care (FPC) is developing a portfolio of bespoke courses for perioperative practitioners - forthcoming courses are listed below.

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

Print a copy of the 2018 courses flyer to share with your colleagues.

Examinations run by the Faculty can be found here.

Anatomy for MRCS OSCEs (Wade Programme in Surgical Anatomy)

Edinburgh, 10-11 January 2019 – 12 CPD points

Aimed at CT1/ST1 and above, primarily those planning to sit the Intercollegiate MRCS Part B OSCE examination. The course will augment knowledge and facilitate the understanding and learning of surgically applied anatomy with hands-on, three-dimensional experience and discussion. The course is designed to allow small groups to work actively with cadaveric specimens and includes interactive sessions on surface anatomy and radiological anatomy.

Perioperative Care Practitioners Intraoperative Non-Technical Skills (PINTS)

Edinburgh, 24 January 2019 – 6 CPD points

This one day course will enable perioperative care practitioners (PCPs) and surgical first assistants (SFAs) to improve their intra-operative performance and help them observe and rate intra-operative non-technical skills. You will recognise the importance of non-technical skills of all team members during operative surgery; discuss the underlying principles of the non-technical skills which underpin good surgical performance as it relates to scrub practitioners, surgical first assistants, surgical care practitioners; and identify and rate these cognitive and social skills using a taxonomy of behaviours.

Basic Surgical Skills (Edinburgh)

Edinburgh, 28 February-1 March 2019 – 12 CPD points

Aimed at FY1 and above, this course will instil core surgical skills at the very start of a surgeon's training by teaching the correct basic techniques. You will be taught instrument handling, knot tying, suturing techniques, fine tissue handling, wound management and diathermy. These courses are delivered by experienced surgeons with a wide range of knowledge and experience in teaching. Attendees can apply for one year of free Affiliate membership.

Surgical Anatomy Study Day for Perioperative Practitioners (Principles of Surgical Anatomy) (Edinburgh)

Edinburgh, 13 April 2019 – 5 CPD points

Gain an introduction to principles of surgical anatomy as well as an overview of the structure of the body as a whole, as a basis for further study. The course will consist of short, illustrated introductory talks using case studies followed by interactive, cadaveric demonstrations, taught by experienced tutors. These sessions will place a particular emphasis on demonstrating the form and relationships of structures of surgical significance in three-dimensions.


Perioperative Key Skills Course


Basic surgical skills are fundamental to the practice of safe surgery. The surgical assistant is an extremely important member of the operating team who needs to be familiar with the basic procedures in open and laparoscopic surgery as well as the dynamics of the theatre environment.