Competencies in Emergency Surgery

Course Directors:

Associate Professor Kamal Aryal, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, James Paget University Hospital NHS Trust, UK,

Dr. Nicolas Avellaneda, Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon, CEMIC University Hospital, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Initially developed for NHS doctors-in-training by Health Education England and the multi-award winning Blended Learning team, this educational programme is now available for enrolment by International students also.

The 16 week online CPD module is designed around the UK Royal College Of Surgeons Emergency Surgery Curriculum. The course can be completed in 2 parts, each part 8 weeks or as a full 16 week course. The curriculum provides a framework of essential knowledge required to be a competent Consultant-level emergency general surgeon.

The teaching programme uses a blended learning approach and flexible learning resources to aid knowledge acquisition, enhance communication skills and improve clinical decision making.

Each week a new topic is introduced, using a Problem-Based-Learning approach. Students will participate in asynchronous discussion boards, curated by a Consultant faculty, providing a forum to debate the optimal management and current controversies on the chosen topic. Learning is augmented with a range of mixed media format teaching aids and videos, alongside formative assessment tools.

Target Audience

  • Trainees in General Surgery 

Course fees:

£400 for full 16 week course or £200 each for parts 1 and part 2.

We are pleased to offer the following discounted rate to lower and middle income countries (LMIC’s): Course fee for full 16 week £300 or £150 each for parts 1 and part 2.

To check eligibility please email with the following information:

Which country do you currently practice in? What is your professional registration number? eg GMC, NMC

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Blended Learning UK courses promote evidence based clinical practice encouraging students to develop their critical thinking in their chosen topic of study.  Our bespoke learning packages have been created to encourage the application of theoretical knowledge into contemporary clinical practice.  On completion of our courses each candidate will receive CPD certification or University based credits depending upon the programme of study undertaken.  Successful completion of Blended Learning UK courses does not provide accreditation for clinical practice, which is normally granted by the Institutions or professional bodies of the candidate’s chosen healthcare discipline

Topics Covered

Weeks (1-8) Condition
Oesophageal Varices / Perforation
Peptic Ulcer Disease
Gallstone Disease
Acute Pancreatitis
Upper GI Bleed
Lower GI Bleed
Strangulated Hernia / Acute Small Bowel Obstruction
Acute Gynaecological Disease
Weeks (9-16) Condition
Peritonitis / Mesenteric Ischaemia
Diverticular Disease & Complications
Large Bowel Obstruction
Acute Colitis
Perianal Sepsis / Pilonidal Disease
Acute Limb Ischaemia


CPD Certification from Blended Learning UK (NHS)

Full course eligible for 32hrs of CPD/CME.

The number of CPD hours awarded is calculated based on your average participation score across all topics.

• 80% and above 32 CPD hours
• 60-79% 16 CPD hours
• 40-59% 8 CPD hours
• 39% and below No CPD hours

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