Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS)

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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:
27 March 2015 - Sydney, NSW, Australia (closed)
24 July 2015 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia (closed)
12 August 2015 - Queenstown, New Zealand (closed)
16 October 2015 - Hobart, TAS, Australia (TAS/VIC ASM) (cancelled)
13 November 2015 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Fee (all values include GST):
A$430 or NZ$520 for members (Fellows, Trainees or International Medical Graduates within the College)
A$535 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

Registration: Fellows can register via the online registration form.
If you would prefer to register manually, please contact the Department of Professional Development.
Places are not secure until receiving written confirmation from the Professional Development Department. Please note that Fellows are taken as first preference for this course and you may be placed on a waiting list.

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

Cancellation policy

In the unlikely event that insufficient registrations are received to make the activity viable, or the date or location of a Professional Development activity is changed, the College takes no responsibility for additional individual costs incurred as a result. Please note that registrations are not confirmed until payment has been processed.

If a participant cancels their place in a workshop the following conditions apply:

  • For cancellations between two and four weeks before the workshop, participants are eligible for a 50% refund.
  • There are no refunds for cancellations less than two weeks before the workshop.
  • However, at the discretion of the Professional Development Manager, registrants may be offered a refund or given the opportunity to transfer to another relevant Professional Development activity.
  • Consideration will be given to circumstances of a medical or compassionate nature.

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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