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Skills & Simulation for returning Surgeons

Location: Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Date:  New dates TBC

Time: 08:30-17:00. The day maybe shorter if attendee numbers are low.

Ensure you are up to date with non-technical skills for surgeons to smooth your return to work. Simulations will focus on team building in theatre, on Call and on the ward. Surgical skills stations will also be Included and all stations will be tailored to delegates specialties. There will be opportunity for developing support networks for any issues you encounter returning to work. For more information about the course please email

Whilst the RTT courses are running face to face, there is an option to attend virtually.

We are unable to provide our free crèche facility at this current time, but we can offer a reimbursement up to £50 for a day of care in the child’s usual setting (on a day they wouldn’t normally attend).

Information on AR Simulator

A large body of literature highlights the benefits of simulation training, as a method of improving performance, across medical specialties. Within surgery, simulation of technical skills has been shown to shorten learning curves, improve confidence of the trainee and enhance pace and economy of movement. The need for regular simulation training has become all the more apparent during the Coronavirus Pandemic as a method of maintaining surgical skills due to the reduction of surgical services and of training opportunities. 

Within the Thames Valley Deanery a regional laparoscopic simulation program, including a task directed curriculum and requirement for ARCP, has been developed and in currently being piloted. The program currently includes only higher general surgical trainees, level ST 3-6, however the aim is to expand this to core trainee and other surgical specialties in time, including the development of a comprehensive curriculum, nodal assessment points and certification of competency. 

Trainees who attend the Surgical Return to training courses will have access to a new augmented reality skills simulator which includes standardised tasks for trainees to complete and online automated logging of activities and assessment of skill. This will provide an independent method of trainee assessment that is more objective and easier to maintain over time, which is accessible when trainees are placed at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.