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

Basic Surgical Skills Course

This course has been designed to introduce NCHDs intersted in a career in surgery to safe surgical practice within a controlled workshop environment. It aims to teach, assess and certify the ability to use safe and sound surgical techniques that are common to all forms of surgery.

Upcoming course dates - all applications to be made via links below - no paper applications will be accepted.

Basic Surgical Skills Course: 4-5 December 2019


  • Open Surgery
  • Endoscopic Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery

Open Surgery

  • The practice and safe operating techniques, gowning and gloving
  • Understand and handling of surgical Instruments 
  • Understand and practice of suturing techniques, 
  • Understand and practice of laying safe surgical knots 
  • Understand the principles of handing tissues and wound management 

Endoscopic Surgery

  • Introduction to endoscopic surgery 
  • Understand the differences between open and endoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic Surgery

  • Understand the principles behind the practical and safe use of laparoscopic instrumentation

Course Director

Mr Brian Lane

Vice Dean of Postgraduate Surgical Education & Surgical Skills Tutor



One must have a medical degree.  It is also mandatory to have an Irish Medical Council Number or UK equivalent. 



NCHDs interested in a career in Surgery.  



  • Pre-course DVD to prepare for the course and to get the most out of the intensive two days.
  • Small group workstations to focus on basic skills and techniques
  • Hands-on practice with review sessions to consolidate skills
  • Certificate of completion (if successfully).

Applications process

Please note that there are only sixteen 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.

Course fee: €750