Scottish Surgical Boot Camps



Scottish Surgical Boot Camp (formerly Highland Surgical Boot Camp) is an innovative, simulation-rich course for new Core Surgical trainees. 

HEADLINE NEWS 5/5/16: Boot Camp awarded NES "Innovation in Training" award 2016. Big thanks to the whole faculty, facilitators & admin, volunteer patient actors, and of course all our Bootcamper 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, but now better taught - and to provide an induction to a community of professional practice.

  • Recommended by the Scottish Core Surgical Training Programmes as the introductory course for CT1
  • There will still be places for ST1/CT1 applicants from other surgical programmes, and from other parts of the UK and abroad

The September and October boot camps 2015 were again fully booked and highly successful, and a third camp was run in March 2016 due to popular demand.


Sat 10th - Tues 13th September 2016

Sat 29th October - Tues 1st November 2016

LOCATION: Inverness Centre for Health Science (direct flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Belfast, Amsterdam. Sleeper train from London Euston)

Course fee: £600. Scottish CT1s' fees will be paid by NES (not including locum appts).

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

Optional half day outdoor pursuits £30 extra

  John Duncan, Consultant, teaching on the course


  • Simulation-rich methods, well-validated.
  • Hand-picked, skilled and approachable faculty, experienced in feedback.
  • State-of-the-art Skills Centre, experienced actors, porcine tissue models, video feedback.
  • WBA's will appear on your ISCP portfolio.
  • Intense programme.
  • Highland-retreat feel, including outdoor activities day, maximum 16 to a group.
  • Human factors feature throughout, drawing on RCSEd and Aberdeen University’s pioneering work.
  • Previous participants have had a paper published with group authorship.


  • Non-technical skills for surgeons
  • "From basic to intermediate surgical skills": eg bowel anastomosis, plastic skin flaps
  • Prioritisation skills
  • Communication Skills for Surgeons: interpersonal, spoken and written
  • How to lead a ward round
  • Handling and writing the evidence
  • Caring for yourself
  • 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 anastamosis sessions were excellent - the repetition is not readily available in clinical practice."

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

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