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Boost non-technical skills for more success in the OR

The operating room can be a complex and highly stressful environment for any surgical team. To achieve successful outcomes for patients, technical skills are not enough. “About 70 to 80% of the crucial surgical skills are non-technical skills,” says Mr. Kamran Ahmed of King’s College London. Alarmingly enough, one of the major causes of surgical error is underdeveloped non-technical skills.

At the upcoming 32nd Annual EAU Congress (EAU17) in London, the European School of Urology (ESU) will offer the Hands-on Training course “Non-Technical Skills in Urology” from 25 to 27 March at 10:00 to 12:00, and again at 14:00 to 16:00. The ESU aims to raise awareness of the many benefits of non-technical skills in operating-room practice. The course is the first of its kind. The ESU team will be led by Ahmed (Course Director), Prof. Prokar Dasgupta and Prof. Muhammad Shamim Khan of Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital.

Mr. Kamran Ahmed, Course Director
Mr. Kamran Ahmed, Course Director

What are non-technical skills?
Non-technical skills are defined as skills unrelated to the technical completion of surgical procedures. Similar to technical skills, non-technical skills are not inborn. These must be developed through diligent practice and training.

“The course will focus on communication, teamwork, decision-making, leadership and management skills,” said Ahmed. “We aim to help cultivate these skills in the participants. We will train them to clearly and effectively communicate with their team. This is so they would know how to make quick, appropriate decisions when there’s difficulty in procedures, or when a situation needs to be salvaged immediately, for example.”

What can be expected during the course?
Participants will experience full immersion in a simulated environment. The interactive course will take place in the mobile operating theatre called “Igloo”, which was developed by Prof. Roger Kneebone of the Imperial College London and his team. “Participants will partake in various real-life scenarios – basic and complex cases – in the Igloo,” said Ahmed.

Boost non-technical skills in this Igloo

The mobile operating theatre, Igloo (Photo courtesy of © Imperial College London)

What happens after?
At the end of the course, esteemed course faculty members will provide the participants with constructive feedback. The faculty members will also assist and answer any further inquiries from the participants.

This HOT course has limited space available. Register now! Course fee is €48.

EAU17 registration