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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

25 April – 12 December 2024 | UK & International

This two-day course, aimed at FY1 and above, is designed to 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. They are delivered both in the UK and internationally. (Attendance at this course, will give you the opportunity to apply for a one-year FREE Affiliate Membership with the College).  

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Ultrasound Venous and Arterial Scanning course (UVAS)

30 November – 1 December 2024 | Birmingham 

The aim of this 2-day course is to demonstrate the utility of the ultrasound doppler machine to scan the greater and short saphenous vein for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) surgery. The 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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Informed Consent: Sharing the Decision (ICONS)

8 May 2024 | Edinburgh  

This innovative educational initiative was developed as a direct and constructive response to the communication inadequacies exposed by the Montgomery case, and subsequent legislation. The ICONS workshop content has been informed by internationally recognised experts in Shared Decision Making, by consensus among senior practising surgeons, by patients and by professional experts in risk management and risk communication.  

Delegates on the ICONS workshops will acquire 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 Care Practitioners Intraoperative Non-Technical Skills (PINTS)

Date TBC | Location TBC 

This one-day course enables 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. 

The course will be delivered with a small series of lectures/videos and interactive breakout sessions centred on small group work and the use of simulated scenarios from the operating theatre and other industries. 

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Clinical Research Methodology in a Nutshell

Date TBC | Location TBC

Surgical team members need to be research literate in order to design and appraise quality improvement programmes, critically appraise research outputs and, in some cases, design clinical studies or even trials. This course also alerts delegates to the investigational possibilities of patient engagement and of routinely collated national datasets. Acquired skills also comprise part of CCT requirements in most surgical specialities. 

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Surgical Anatomy Study Day for Perioperative Practitioners

Date TBC | Location TBC

This Study Day, entitled 'Principles of Surgical Anatomy', is especially designed for perioperative practitioners. The day aims to provide 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 consists of short, illustrated introductory talks using case studies, followed by interactive, practical demonstrations using plastic anatomical models, taught by experienced tutors. These sessions place a particular emphasis on demonstrating the form and relationships of structures of surgical significance in three-dimensions. 

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Partner Courses

MSc Surgical Care Practitioner

University of Plymouth

The MSc Surgical Care Practitioner programme is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 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 three-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 three-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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