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Core Skills in Laparoscopic Surgery Course

This course has been approved by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and has been awarded 11 CPD Points.


NEW - If you are a CT1 or CT2 on the Improving Surgical Training Scheme through NHS Education for Scotland this course is included in the package being offered. You must be an IST trainee to apply for this discounted rate, please complete the online registration form as normal, no payment will be required as the Surgical Skills Centre will claim your course fee directly from NHS Education for Scotland.


This course has been successfully running for more than 10 years and continues to develop. Positive feedback has been received ever since the course started. A few examples from the fully booked course that we held recently as follows:

         "Everything taught on the course was extremely useful".

        "All the instructors very approachable and great teachers".

       "Large amount of time spent practicing was hugely useful".   ·        

"The lap chole practical session was a very good introduction to performing a lap chole. I liked the use of real tissue such as the pig liver and gallbladder".

Based on delegates feedback from previous courses, Laparoscopic Suturing Skills has been added onto the programme.

This is an intensive, two-day course focusing on the core skills required for safe laparoscopic surgical practice. The course has been carefully designed to maximise hands-on experience whilst in our centre. The course is equally suitable for the junior surgeon starting out in minimal access surgery and for the more senior surgeon who is either new to laparoscopy or wishes to refresh their core skills.


Course content

Day one

Camera and scope manipulation, abdominal access and port closure, insufflation, ergonomics, sharp and blunt dissection, clip application, safe use of electrosurgery, application of endoloop, tissue extraction, and diagnostic laparoscopy.

Day two

Laparoscopic suturing, laparoscopic appendicectomy, avoiding errors and complications during laparoscopic cholecystectomy, laparoscopic cholecystectomy.


All fees include tuition, on-line learning course, practical materials and a light lunch.

Level of Course: F1 and above

Core Skills in Laparoscopic Surgery: "Making the Leap from Camera person to Surgeon"

A review by past participant Alison Bradley