Of note: The following is a quick overview of this year's core training courses. Additional information can be found by accessing the tabs on the left.


The Core Trainee Surgical Training Programme 2017/2018 aims to provide the best of its kind in the country. It is a compulsory programme delivered over the 2 years of core training. Please read the following information carefully.

This programme will deliver teaching and training structured in the following way;

  • Anatomy Teaching
  • Physiology Teaching
  • Core Training Knowledge Days
  • Clinical Skills Days
  • Non-technical Skills Training/Human Factors Training
  • Professionalism and Leadership


2017-2018 COURSE DATES 


Physiology Module 4 (Pain, applied physiology of acid base) 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
DATE 6 March 2018 

Anatomy Module 4 (Abdomen and Pelvis ) 5:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Date 6 March 2018.


Physiology Module 4 (Pain, applied physiology of acid base) 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  DATE 13 March 2018 

Anatomy Module 4 (Abdomen and Pelvis ) 5:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Date 13  March 2018  (See also the Anatomy and Physiology pages for additional information.)


2018-2019 Core Surgical Training Programme Dates



  • 30th October 2018 - Anatomy Module 1 - Thorax 10:00 to 1:00 p.m.
  • 20th November 2018 - Anatomy Module 1 (Repeated) - Thorax 10:00 to 1:00 p.m.
  • 4th December 2018  - Anatomy Module 2  -  Upper & Lower Limb 10:00 to 1:00 p.m.
  • 11th December 2018 - Anatomy Module 2  ( Repeated) Upper  & Lower Limb  10:00 to 1:00 p.m.
  • 8th January 2019 - Anatomy Module 3 - Head, Neck  & Spine 10:00 to 1:00 p.m.
  • 5th February 2019 - Anatomy Module 3 (Repeated) - Head, Neck & Spine 10:00 to 1:00 p.m.
  • 12th March 2019 - Anatomy Module 4 - Abdomen & Pelvis 10:00 to 1:00 p.m.
  • 19th March 2019 - Anatomy Module 4 (Repeated) - Abdomen & Pelvis 10:00 to 1:00 p.m.




  • 30th October 2018 - Module 1 Physiology  - Applied Physiology of Shock  - 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

  • 20th November 2018 Module 1 Physiology  (repeated) - Applied Physiology of Shock - 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

  • 4th December 2018 - Module 2 Physiology  - Applied Physiology of Hypoxia and Hypercapnia  - 2:00  to 5:00 p.m.
  • 11th December 2018 Module 2 Physiology (repeated)  - Applied Physiology of Hypoxia and Hypercapnia  - 2:00  to 5:00 p.m.
  • 8th January 2019 - Module 3 Physiology -  Regulation of Blood Volume and Osmolarity - 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • 5th February 2019 - Module 3 Physiology  (repeated) -  Regulation of Blood Volume and Osmolarity - 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • 12th March 2019 - Module 4 - Physiology - Pain and Regulation of PH - 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • 19th March 2019 - Module 4  (repeated) - Physiology - Pain and Regulation of PH - 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

All the above courses take place in University of Bristol.  Sign up to attend via events tab.  Places limited to 14 participants.


CKD1: Emergency Topics In Surgery. Date 23rd November 2018

at RUH Bath's Postgraduate Centre.

CKD2: Palliative Care Research & Audit - 15th October 2018

at Postgraduate Education Centre, Royal United Hospital, Bath

CKD3: Introduction To Medical Education - Date:  tbc

 at Education Centre, Musgrove Park Hospital.


CKD4: Interview Skills for ST3.

Date TBA

 at RUH Bath's Postgraduate Medical Centre.

(See also the Core Knowledge Days page for additional information.)


Surg-In-Gen trainees

5th April 2018 at Redwood Education Centre, Gloucester Royal Hospital


27th April 2018 at Education Centre, Musgrove Park Hospital.



Core T&O trainees

Basic Principles of Fracture Fixation. Date 01.12.2017 at Redwood Education Centre, Gloucester Royal Hospital.

Core Paediatric Orthopaedic Trauma. Date TBA at Bristol Royal Infirmary's Postgraduate Centre. 


Principles of Hip Fracture Management Course. Date 23rd Febraury 2018  at Southmead Hospital's Learning & Research Centre. 


Severn Hand Trauma Course, Bristol. Date 19th February 2018  at Vesalius Clinical Training Centre, Bristol.


Advanced Orthopaedic Examination Skills. Date TBA at Southmead Hospital's Learning & Research Centre. 

(See also the Clinical Skills Days page for additional information.)


Human Factors Training--Core Surgical Training. 18.01.2018 at Bristol Medical Simulation Centre, Post Graduate Education Centre, Bristol Royal Infirmary.


Professionalism and Leadership. Date 4th June 2018  Venue: Post Graduate Education Centre, Bristol Royal Infirmary.   


General Information 

Also of note: 9th Annual Severn School of Surgery Research, Audit & QI Meeting. 10.11.2017 at Engineers' House, Bristol. Not a mandatory course, but may be of great interest to Core Trainees.


Participants: Please read the instructions and visit the webpage tabs for specific teaching/training elements of the course to understand what you need to attend.

Availability: Training and teaching days have finite numbers of spaces available. You are advised to register well in advance and to organize you attendance in collaboration with your core trainees in your speciality in your hospital. 

Registration: sign up via School of Surgery Events page .

Study leave: Please follow the advice on this website concerning core trainee study leave. You must follow your hospital’s study leave process to ensure that your Trust is aware that you will be away from work on the specific training/teaching days. As a courtesy you should let your colleagues, team and consultants know of your leave. You must make appropriate arrangements to swap on-call/on-take commitments in order to attend any teaching/training sessions. This is your responsibility and not that of the School of Surgery.

Travel: No car-parking arrangements are available at the training venues. Trainees are advised to plan their travel and if coming by car are advised to offer a lift to colleagues. Good bus and train links are available in the Severn region.

Attendance outcomes: A record of attendance will be kept by the Deanery for all teaching/training days. Attendance details are provided to your Programme Directors and will be assessed at the yearly ARCPs. Certificates will be provided for each teaching/training session to trainees, who attend, for their portfolio.

Trainee feedback: Trainees will be asked to provide anonymised feedback on each module. This is important for the School of Surgery to ensure that the standards of delivery and content of the teaching is maximized for Severn School of Surgery core trainees in the future.

Non-attendance: Trainees registering for any module MUST attend unless for compassionate reasons, personal medical reasons, unforeseen transportation problems or unforeseen weather conditions. Failure to attend a module requires a trainee to complete an explanation form (Non-Attendance Form) and is returnable to Susan House  or Pinar Preston at the School of Surgery.

Late attendance/Early departure: Late arrival for any of the training/teaching days will NOT be tolerated. You will be turned away from attending. Early departure from any of the training/teaching days will be counted as a non-attendance and this information will be passed on to your Programme Director.

Be Advised


  • Compulsory Core Trainee Programme course attendance will form part of the ARCP process.
  • Core trainees must register through the School of Surgery.
  • They must complete a ‘non-attendance form’ if they fail to attend (which is on the School’s website) - weather problems, unforeseen transport problems, compassionate reasons will be accepted fairly by myself or programme directors.
  • They must not dual register for courses that have more than one available date.
  • They must attend any compulsory training day in its entirety.
  • Late arrival to a course will not be tolerated.
  • Feedback is compulsory.



Registration for any Events

  (For registration details, see the Events section of the School of Surgery website)



Jamshed Shabbir: Chair, Surgical Skills and Courses Committee
James Coulston: Programme Director, SiG Core Training
Jon Mutimer: Programme Director, T&O Core Training



Core Surgical Training e-learning Course


Dear Core Trainees,

A number of months ago we began a project to provide relevant and up to date e-learning to supplement and enhance the core trainees training programme (CTTP). Richard Bamford worked with a number of trainees and consultants in collaboration with e-cancer to produce a set of e-learning modules:

  • Palliative care in surgery
  • Paediatric surgery
  • Advanced trauma life support
  • Transplant and transfusion
  • Urology
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Care of the critically ill

These excellent resources are designed specifically for the Severn School of Surgery Core Trainees (i.e. YOU) and will supplement your learning around core knowledge days and prior to parts A and B of your MRCS. Completion of the programme is part of the training programme.


Please register with e-cancer (link above) and you can access the ‘core surgical training’ modules through the e-learning section. These should be accessed and completed within the CT years and it is important to do the relevant modules before the appropriate core training knowledge days to ensure that we can push the training days to a higher level.

Kind regards

James Coulston




New national changes to study leave have come into effect. The core trainees training programme (CTTP) including your bootcamp and mandatory study/skills days are covered by this and will be provided by the School Of Surgery.

Additionally, courses directly linked or allied to the curriculum will receive support. The guidance on this nationally is unclear but a guide to projected support is below. This, of course, is subject to review as the year evolves.

Level 1 - Mandatory courses (Nationally mandated by CT SAC) – 100% Course costs covered

  •  ATLS
  • BSS

Level 2 – Recommended courses (Strongly linked to curriculum) – 100% Course costs covered

  • Ccrisp
  • Surgical skills course for chosen surgical speciality (not just current placement speciality) eg AO Principles of Skeletal Fixation Course
  • Conference (x1 per year) – Asit/BOA/ASGBI or main national conference for chosen clinical speciality: course fees/travel/accommodation (using deanery guidance for costings)
  • QI/Human factors courses (in Deanery unless exceptional reason)

Level 3 – Optional (at TPD discretion and central funds availability) – up to 50% course fees covered

  • Training the trainers
  • THLP certificate
  •  Short courses in medical education
  •  Leadership and management training courses (recommended to be taken further along surgical career)
  • Other UK based conferences relevant to speciality (max 1 per year)


  • Higher degrees (except surgical skills/trauma skills MSc – 50% costs covered)
  • Diploma for medical education (separate HEE bursaries available).
  • International courses/conferences excluded if suitable UK alternative available, even if this is at an alternate time in the year.

All potential applications need to be approved prospectively (retrospective applications will not be considered). If any doubt please discuss with the Training Programme Directors who will reserve the right to decide on final funding decision in liaison with Head of School if required.

Coulston/Mutimer 010718