Centre for Professional Practice

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Surgical Practice

Surgical practice is situated within the Centre for Professional Practice, and encourages the education of clinical professionals, enabling an MSc over three years without a break in clinical training.

Following the Calman report, the Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) in general surgery determined that specialist registrars embarking on their higher specialty training should have a time-limited (five-year) training programme in place of an open ended apprenticeship. The MSc in Surgical Practice was developed in response to this need.

The course is flexible and takes account of working circumstances and the obstacles professionals face in taking up learning opportunities. There is a range of clinical education opportunities on a modular basis, which gives the opportunity to gain a professional qualification at a pace which suits individual professional circumstances.

The expanding programme gives trainees from other disciplines the opportunity to study generic subjects and to interact with clinical colleagues. This is an aspect of the course which trainees particularly appreciate.

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Workshop: Minimally Invasive and Vascular Surgery

The Minimally Invasive Surgery and Vascular Surgery Course consists of short lectures, followed by practical exercises.

Disciplines taught during the course are:

Vascular Anastomosis:  End-to-end-anastomoses – End-to-side anastomoses

Participants will be taught the appropriate techniques of vascular anastomosis with guidance on the choice of suturing material, needles and correct technique.

Pneumo-peritoneum: Hasson’s technique – Veress needle pneumo-peritoneum

Laparoscopic Knot Tying:  Extra-corporeal knotting – Roeders knotting Laparoscopic Suturing:  Simple suturing with Czabo’s knot – Continuous suturing

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy – Laparoscopic bowel anastomosis – Use of diathermy in laparoscopic surgery and instrumentation.

These skills are required by surgeons to improve their hand/eye co-ordination and to familiarise them with laparoscopic stacks and instruments.

Surgeons who wish to undertake emergency diagnostic laparoscopy, laparoscopic appendicectomy, laparoscopic closure of duodenal ulcer, Meckel’s diverticulectomy, laparoscopic cholecystectomy and gastro-jejunostomy will be given the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills for these procedures.

The course is inter-active, providing an excellent environment for surgeons wishing to learn and practice new skills and obtain exposure to new techniques.  Participants are encouraged to discuss all aspects of the course and the advanced procedures with expert members of faculty.



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