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ASiT Core Neurosurgical Skills

ASiT Core Neurosurgical Skills

VENUE: Meyrick Suite, Bournemouth International Centre

All materials will be supplied (except for pen & paper).

31st March 2017

This course can be booked through the on-line conference registration system when registering for the conference


Course conveners: Edward Dyson, Nish Srikandarajah

Target audience: F1-CT2/ST2 with an interest in neurosurgery.



A rotation around 4 stations, comprising:


The unstable cervical spine:

Small group teaching on the biomechanics and classification of cervical spine fractures

Practical: Application of Halo traction and Vest

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Intracranial Pressure: 

Small group teaching on the pathophysiology of raised ICP, monitoring, waveforms and management thereof

Practical: Insertion of ICP monitor.

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Small group teaching on the principles and benefits of Neuronavigation

Practical: Setting-up a neuronavigation system, EVD placement.

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Safe use of surgical drills:

Small group teaching on the principles of the burr systems and the various attachments.

Practical: Tuition on the use of burrs, the craniotome and perforators.

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Learning Outcomes

This full-day pre-conference course, aligned with the ISCP curriculum, aims to equip Foundation Doctors and CT/ST trainees with some of the introductory theoretical knowledge, and practical skills, that are specific to the management of Neurosurgical patients.  In particular, we try to focus on those practical aspects that are difficult to gain exposure to in allied specialties.

Topics include the basic management of the unstable cervical spine injury, traumatic head injury and raised intra-cranial pressure, neuronavigation and the safe use of operative drills and craniotomes.

Whilst attention will be paid to sound theoretic principles, the course is heavily practical, and there is ample opportunity to become familiar with a diverse array of equipment used in modern neurosurgical practice.

The hope is that those who have undertaken this course will be better equipped to manage the neurosurgical patient, to make most use of their time in future placements  and to provide weight to their National selection application form, should they be interested in Neurosurgery as a career.


09.30 – 09.50
Registration and coffee
09.50 – 10.00
Introduction and welcome
10.00 – 10.15
Station 1 – Theory
Groups A-D Rotate
10.15 – 11.00
Station 1 – Practical
Groups A-D Rotate
11.00 – 11.15
11.15 – 11.30
Station 2 – Theory
Groups A-D Rotate
11.30 – 12.15
Station 2 – Practical
Groups A-D Rotate
12.15 – 13.15
13.30 – 13.45
Station 3 – Theory
Groups A-D Rotate
13.45 – 14.30
Station 3 – Practical
Groups A-D Rotate
14.30 – 14.45
14.45 – 15.00
Station 4 – Theory
Groups A-D Rotate
15.00 – 15.30
Station 4 – Practical
Groups A-D Rotate
15.30 – 15.45
15.45 - 16.30
Non-Technical Skills for Neurosurgeons
16.30 - 17.00
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The course will conclude with a free evening drinks reception and canapés from 1800.





Bournemouth BH2 5BH, United Kingdom
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