Laparoscopic study day for non-medical surgical assistant

Short Course (1 day)
November 2018
£220 per day for UK/EU Short Course 2018 entry (view all fees)

The Royal College of Surgeons requires all non-medical surgical assistants to be suitably trained. This study day will equip you, a registered theatre practitioner, with the core knowledge and skills in order to provide safe and effective surgical assistance in minimally invasive surgery.

What's covered in the course?

The use of classroom sessions and clinical workshops will allow you to explore what makes a good surgical assistant as well as using simulation to demonstrate camera manipulation and instrument handling, including the new 3D systems.

We also offer the unique opportunity to examine ergonomics and ways in which posture can be improved when providing surgical assistance.

Why Choose Us?

  • Day is facilitated by a team with recent experience of working as non-medical surgical assistants in clinical practice
  • Networking opportunity to meet with other practitioners working in similar roles
  • Engage and use up-to-date minimally invasive surgical equipment including the newer 3D system in a safe and supported environment
  • Evidence of continuing professional development in your role for the purpose of professional revalidation requirements   
  • Opportunity to receive supportive peer feedback on the day
  • Examine ergonomics and ways posture can be improved as a surgical assistant


This course costs...

£220 per day

This course is not open to International students

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Nov 2018 SC 1 day £220 per day

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Entry requirements

Practitioners training or working as a Surgical First Assistant or Surgical Care Practitioner such as:

  • Registered theatre nurse
  • Operating Department Practitioner
  • Third year BSc student ODP

How to apply

To book a place on this course please contact the CPD team on:

The study day

A blended learning approach uses classroom sessions to examine the principles of laparoscopic surgery and what makes a good surgical assistant as well as a workshop to practice instrument holding and manipulation.

Who is this study day aimed at?

Registered theatre nurses and ODPs training to be or working in the role of a Surgical First Assistant or Surgical Care Practitioner.

Course dates

This study day will take place in November 2018. 

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to jiu jitsu.

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

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We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

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SPACE skills practice model


SPACE is an innovative practice area all students can access to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. It provides students with a creative learning environment to get the best educational experience before becoming a health care professional.


Learning Facilities

We offer up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across. These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice.

Learning Facilities

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Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

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Julie Quick

Senior lecturer

Julie has spent 25 years working within the perioperative environment. In her last NHS post she worked as a Surgical Care Practitioner in general surgery at Trust within the West Midlands. Julie is passionate about perioperative care and has a particular interest in surgery, research and advancing surgical roles.  

Mark Owen

Senior Lecturer, Operating Department Practice

Mark is an Operating Department Practitioner registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Clinical experience includes anaesthetic, surgical and post-anaesthetic care. He successfully completed the Surgical First Assistant training to enhance his role in surgical care.

In Mark's academic role he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have a Master of Science in Health and Social Care Education. He has led a variety of modules including, surgery and enhanced surgery, management and leadership at pre-registration level and a post-registration module for the surgical first assistant.

Mark has an interest in Interprofessional education/learning and how this contributes to high quality care in the perioperative setting.

Course enquiries

To enquire about this course please contact the CPD team on: