Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS)


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The Find a Surgeon directory is a listing of active Fellows of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons who meet the requirements of the College's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and have opted to be on the list. This list excludes retired or inactive Fellows.


Workshop information

What will you learn?

The NOTSS workshop focuses on the non- technical skills which underpin safer operative surgery. It explores a behaviour rating system developed by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh which can help you develop the knowledge and skills to improve your performance in the operating theatre in relation to situational awareness, communication, decision making and leadership/teamwork. Each of these categories is broken down into elements or behavioural markers that can be used to identify a superior or substandard performance. A faculty of four RACS Fellows will lead you through a series of interactive exercises to help you better understand how these markers can be used to reflect on your own performance and that of the surgeons you work with.

Key learning outcomes

  • A better understanding of how non-technical skills underpin safer operative performance
  • Be able to use structured observation and a rating scale to assess non-technical skills.

Target group - Fellows, International Medical Graduates and senior SET trainees.
Rural practitioners may also be interested in attending the Safer Australian Surgical Teamwork (SAST) workshop.

Sponsorship - This activity is proudly supported by Avant Avant

Key details

Location and date:
18 March 2016 - Sydney, NSW, Australia (cancelled)
2 May 2016 - Brisbane (ASC), Australia (Register via the ASC registration form) (closed)
22 July 2016 - Perth, WA, Australia (closed)
9 September 2016 - Auckland, New Zealand (closed)
25 November 2016 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia (closed)

Fee (all values include GST):
A$440 or NZ$515 for members (Fellows, Trainees or International Medical Graduates within the College)
A$550 or NZ$645 for non-members of the College

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points: This educational activity has been approved in the College's CPD Program. Fellows who participate can claim 1 point per hour (maximum of 5 points) in Category 4 - Maintenance of Knowledge and Skills. For those with a RACS CPD requirement this activity will be automatically uploaded to your record.

Presenters: RACS Fellows


Registrations are now closed. Please contact the  Department of Professional Development

More information: Please view the Patient Safety Board website or contact the Department of Professional Development.


Department of Professional Development
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
250-290 Spring Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9249 1106
Fax: +61 3 9276 7412