Scottish Surgical Boot Camps



Scottish Surgical Boot Camp (formerly Highland Surgical Boot Camp) is an innovative, simulation-rich course for new Core Surgical trainees. 

AIMS: to accelerate the acquisition of key technical and non-technical skills at the start of a career in Surgery - skills formerly learned only by apprenticeship or experience - and to provide a welcome to, and standard-setting for, a community of professional practice.

  • Recommended by the Scottish Core Surgical Training Programmes as the introductory course for CT1
  • There will still be places for ST1/CT1 applicants from other surgical programmes, and from other parts of the UK and abroad


Sat 9th - Tues 12th September 2017 (fully booked)

Sat 28th - Tues 31st October 2017 (fully booked)

Sat 17th - Tues 20th March 2018

Autumn 2018 dates to be announced soon

LOCATION: Inverness Centre for Health Science

Course fee: £600. Scottish CT1s' fees will be paid by NES (not including locum appts).

Fee includes course fee, lunches, course dinner, but excludes travel and accomodation 

Optional half day outdoor pursuits £30 extra

  John Duncan, Consultant, teaching on the course

Boot Camp was awarded the NHS Education for Scotland "Innovation in Training" award 2016. Big thanks to the whole faculty, facilitators & admin, volunteer patient actors, and of course all our Bootcamp trainees. You always boost our faith in the future.




  • Simulation-rich methods, well-validated.
  • Hand-picked, skilled and approachable faculty, experienced in feedback.
  • State-of-the-art Skills Centre, experienced actors, porcine tissue models, video feedback.
  • WBA's will appear on your ISCP portfolio.
  • Intense programme.
  • Highland-retreat feel, including outdoor activities day, maximum 16 to a group.
  • Human factors feature throughout, drawing on RCSEd and Aberdeen University’s pioneering work. Skills are practised in increasingly complex situations.
  • Journal club is dynamic and previous participants have had a paper published with group authorship.


  • Non-technical skills for surgeons
  • "From basic to intermediate surgical skills": eg bowel anastomosis, plastic skin flaps
  • Laparoscopy skills and how to progress
  • Prioritisation skills
  • Communication Skills for Surgeons: interpersonal, spoken and written
  • How to lead a ward round better
  • Handling and writing the evidence
  • Caring for yourself and your team
  • How to get the most from your trainers


Experienced staff, beautiful location and facilities, great fun and team spirit, overall fantastic course.

It was the most enjoyable course I’ve done.

I started a new rotation and had to lead a ward round. ... Instead of feeling stressed I was able to control the distractions using your tips.

"The simulations felt so real, I could be myself. I didn't have to act."

“The enthusiasm, humour and hard work of faculty was infectious.”

"The bootcamp was excellent. It was well measured in the combination of technical and non-technical skills. ... The anastamosis sessions were excellent - the repetition is not readily available in clinical practice."

"I genuinely feel more capable and comfortable in my job since bootcamp."

TV coverage click here

Ken Walker talking about Simulation and the Boot Camp click here

Scottish Surgical Boot Camps, Clinical Skills Centre, Centre for Health Science, Inverness, IV2 3JH.      Email:
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