Core Skills in Laparoscopic Surgery

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This course was developed and quality assured by the Royal College of Surgeons,

25 - 27 April 2018


This is an interactive three-day course to provide surgeons with the essential theoretical knowledge and practical experience of basic level laparoscopic surgery. The course will provide a broad introduction to laparoscopic surgery and the key procedures. You will have the chance to learn and practice a number of laparoscopic techniques under the instruction of vastly experienced tutors.


Course Overview

The course aims to:

  • Provide surgical trainees with the technical skills required to perform the most common laparoscopic general surgical operations
  • Provide insight into the theoretical principles of safe laparoscopic practice
  • Disseminate examples of good practice in laparoscopic surgery

The certificate of successful completion is issued by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Course Content

This will be an intensive course with plenty of opportunity to practice skills in the laboratory, using bench-top models specifically designed for the course.

The course will cover:

Day 1

  • Instrumentation
  • Access
  • Manipulation
  • Dissection

Day 2

  • Suturing and knotting
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy
  • Repair of a perforated ulcer

Day 3

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Continuous suturing

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for CT1-2, ST3-4 and SAS equivalents. The course is aimed at those working in general abdominal surgery, colorectal surgery, urology and gynaecology. Participants should have an ongoing commitment to a career in laparoscopic procedures and be in a post where regular exposure to supervised laparoscopic surgery is available to cement and enhance the basic skills learned on the course.

Course Fee

  • Early registration (2 months prior to course start date): £940
  • Standard registration: £990

The fee includes lunch and refreshments. Cancellation policy applies - please see Terms and Conditions below for details.

How to apply

We are currently accepting reservations for this course and will confirm the registration process as soon as timetabling for 2017/18 has been completed.

There are only 12 places available per course and we can only guarantee a place on completion of both registration and payment in full.

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Terms and Conditions

Your place will not be secured until full payment has been made and your registration has been confirmed.

Cancellation policy

We regret we are unable to reimburse fees for cancellations within 2 weeks of the course start date.

Cancellation made with less than 5 (but more than 2) weeks’ notice prior to the course commencement, will incur 20% administration fee. The remaining funds will be reimbursed by cheque or bank transfer, upon receipt of written cancellation.

We reserve the right to cancel any of our courses and will endeavour to provide as much notice as possible in the unlikelihood of this happening. All course fees will be returned if the course is cancelled.

We have a limited number of places on each course and we can only confirm a place if payment has been received. Payments will be refunded if payment is received after the course is full.


Contact Details & Location

  • +44(0) 20 7882 3491
    +44(0) 20 7882 3847
  • Barts Cancer Institute
    Teaching Centre,
    Joseph Rotblat Building,
    Charterhouse Square,
    London EC1M 6BQ
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