Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS)

Developed by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

*Awarded 6 CPD points from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edingburgh

Course duration: One day

Time: 08:00-16:30

Course convenor: Mr Simon Paterson-Brown (Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh)

The Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS) system is a behavioural rating system developed by a multi-disciplinary group comprising surgeons, psychologists, and anaesthetists in Scotland. NOTSS describes the main observable non-technical skills associated with good surgical practice. When used in conjunction with medical knowledge and clinical skills, NOTSS can be used to observe and rate surgeons’ behaviour in theatre in a structured manner and allow a clear and transparent assessment of training needs.SaIL_JPerugia-4868

The course examines the non-technical skills which underpin good operative performance using short talks, video simulated scenarios, an audience response voting system and small group discussions.

At the end of the course participants will be able to understand the theories and research relating to adverse events in surgery and the importance of the non-technical skills in improving performance.

They will also be able to use the NOTSS taxonomy to observe, rate and provide feedback on behaviours in the operating room.

This course is suitable for:

Consultant Surgeons and Surgical Trainees from all surgical specialties.


  • 4th March 2020 – book here

*Please contact the Simulation Team to join the waiting list for future dates.

Please contact the Simulation Team for more information.

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