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 2020/2021 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


Core Trainee Bootcamp

  • 13th, 14th and 28th  August 2020 Induction


Basic Science - Anatomy & Physiology

all modules are repeated. 2020/2021 dates yet to be confirmed.



  • Thorax - due to COVID-19 these sessions are delayed 
  • Upper Limb - due to COVID-19 these sessions are delayed
  • Head Neck & Spin -due to COVID-19 these sessions are delayed
  • Abdomen & Pelvis - due to COVID-19 these sessions are delayed 

Physiology (on Line via Bristol University Blackboard system currrently due to COVID-19) 

  • Shock - 8th November 2020, repeated 24th November 2020 
  • Hypoxia - 8th December 2020  repeated 15th December 2020 
  • Blood Volume and Osmolarity  dates to be confirmed 
  • Pain dates to be confirmed  


 The above courses are limited to 16 participants a each event. 




CKD1: Emergency Topics In Surgery. Date 20th November 2020  (sign up via EVENTS on Surgery website) 

at RUH Bath's Postgraduate Centre.

CKD2: Palliative Care Research & Audit - tbc

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




Core T&O trainees

Basic Principles of Fracture Fixation. 8 February 2021  at Redwood Education Centre, Gloucester Royal Hospital.

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


Principles of Hip Fracture Management Course. Date tbc at Southmead Hospital's Learning & Research Centre. 


Severn Hand Trauma Course, Bristol. Date tbc  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. 20 January 2021 (To Be Confirmed)  at Bristol Medical Simulation Centre, Post Graduate Education Centre, Bristol Royal Infirmary.


Professionalism and Leadership. Date tbc  Venue: Post Graduate Education Centre, Bristol Royal Infirmary.   






  • 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)



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