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.

  • Commissioned by the Scottish Core Surgical Training Programmes as the introductory course for CT1, and included in the Improving Surgical Training pilot project. Therefore booking priority will be given to Scottish IST trainees.


Sat 7th - Tues 10th September 2019 

Sat 5th - Tues 8th October 2019

Sat 2nd - Tues 5th November 2019 

LOCATION: Inverness Centre for Health Science

Course fee: £750. Scottish IST trainees' fees will be paid by NES (not including locum appts).

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

John Duncan, Consultant, teaching on the course




  • Accessible, expert faculty
  • Simulation-rich methods, well-validated; experienced staff and actors, state-of-the-art facility
  • Technical and non-technical skills, practised in increasingly complex simulations
  • WBA's will appear on your ISCP portfolio.
  • Intense programme, but Highland-retreat feel, including outdoor activities day, maximum 16 to a group.


  • 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 anastomosis sessions were excellent - the repetition is not readily available in clinical practice."

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

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