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NOTSS (Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons) One Day Masterclass

Surgical Skills Centre, Dundee Institute for Healthcare Simulation,

Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee

Mr Simon Patterson Brown, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Dr Vanessa Kay, Ninewells Hospital

This course is for consultant surgeons and higher surgical trainees from all specialties who already have some basic knowledge on the role of human factors in surgical performance and who have an ongoing interest in surgical training and assessment. The non-technical skills which underpin safer operative surgery will be examined in detail with short talks, video simulated scenarios and small group discussions. At the end of the course participants will be able to understand the theories and research relating to adverse events in surgery and other high risk industries. They will be able to use the NOTSS system to observe, rate and provide feedback on behaviour in the operating theatre.