Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

Recognise the importance of non-technical skills in safe surgery
Use a common language to discuss non-technical skills
Describe ways to improve non-technical skills in each of the four categories of the NOTSS Taxonomy
Observe and discuss examples of good and poor non-technical behaviours in the operating theatre
Give feedback to Trainees and other consultants on their non-technical behaviours
Reflect on your own non-technical behaviours
Rate behaviours using the NOTSS rating scale


Is this course right for me?

Fellows, Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs). 

Delivery mode

This course is delivered through two eLearning modules followed by a one day face-to-face component. Each eLearning module will take approximately 60 minutes to complete. 
These modules give participants the background knowledge they will need prior to attending the face-to-face session where they will have the opportunity to practice using the taxonomy through video case studies and discussion. 
Participants will not be able to attend the face-to-face session until they have completed both eLearning modules.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points

As RACS transitions towards a new and innovative CPD framework, there will be specific CPD activities that Fellows will be asked to undertake between January and June 2021. During this time, other education activities will not be recognised for CPD points, however we encourage Fellows to continue to participate in education activities relevant to their scope of practice and learning needs.

For Fellows who undertook this activity prior to 31 December 2020, CPD was allocated at one point per hour (maximum of six points) in Category 3 - Maintenance of Knowledge and Skills.

For further enquiries about the new CPD program, please contact the team: CPD.College@surgeons.org or +61 3 9249 1282

Surgical competencies

  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Management and Leadership