Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Care of the Critically ill Surgical Patient Course (CCrISP)

This informative and interactive course combines a variety of teaching and learning techniques to advance the practical, theoretical and personal skills necessary for the care of critically ill surgical patients. This is an assessed course and certificates will only be awarded upon successful completion of the entire course



SHO, Registrars, Specialists Registrars and Consultants

(It is strongly recommended they have had six months general surgery training)


Develop the theoretical basis and practical skills necessary to manage the critically ill surgical patient.

Be able to assess critically ill patients accurately and appreciate the value of a system of assessment for the critically ill.

Understand the subtlety and variety of presentation of critical illness and the methods available for improving detection.

Understand the importance of a plan of action in order to achieve clinical progress, accurate diagnosis and early definitive treatment, and be able to formulate a plan of action and involve appropriate assistance in a timely manner.

Appreciate that complications tend to occur in a cascade and realise that prevention of complications is fundamental to successful outcome

Be aware of the support facilities available and interact with nursing staff, other surgeons, intensivists and anaesthetists, being aware in particular of the surgeon’s role in the delivery of multidisciplinary care to the critically ill

Understand the requirements of the patients and their relatives during critical illness and be able to inform and support both appropriately 


RCSI Dublin, in addition CCrISP is available and run more frequently in the UK.  

CCrISP Course Directors


  • Mr Peter Murchan MB BCh NUI,  Consultant General Surgeon
  • Mr Tom McCormack MB BCh NUI, Consultant General Surgeon



Applications process

Please note that there are only 16 places available on each course. These are awarded on a first come first served basis on receipt of completed application form and fee. The closing date is two weeks before course commencement. 

A course manual is provided to all participants prior to the course commencement date and a certificate awarded on successful completion by the RCSEng.

Cancellation policy

A refund, less 20% will be made if written notice of withdrawal is received by the College at least one month prior to the course commencement date. No refunds will be made after this date.

Duration: 2.5 Days 

Course fee: €1,050

CCrISP Course Scheduled 11th/12th October 2017 - FULL 

CCrISP Application Form 2018