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The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is the oldest and largest of the UK surgical Royal Colleges, and one of the largest of all the UK medical Royal Colleges. First incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, the College has been at the vanguard of surgical innovation and developments for over 500 years.

Today we are a modern, thriving, global network of medical professionals with a membership of well over 23,000 professionals who live and work in more than 100 countries around the world. 15,000 of these live and work in the UK and 80% of that figure are based in England and Wales. Our membership includes people at every stage of their career, from medical students through to trainees, consultants and those who have retired from practice.

With our interest in professional standards, the College’s primary role – and the main concern of our Fellows and Members - is to ensure the safety of our patients and provide them with the best possible care. We do this by championing the highest standards of surgical and dental practice; through our provision of courses and educational programmes, training, examinations and Continuous Professional Development; our liaison with external medical bodies; and by influencing healthcare policy across the UK.

We are headquartered in Edinburgh and have a major base of operations in Birmingham.

In addition to our core surgical membership and Faculty of Dental Surgeons - the largest such Faculty in the UK - the College also incorporates the UK's only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, the Faculty of Perioperative Care and the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine.

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For press and media inquiries please contact our press office:

Ms Tingy Simoes
Tel: 020 7549 2863
Mobile: 079 7314 7388
Email: tsimoes@wavelengthgroup.com 

For all other communications queries, please contact the RCSEd Communications Team at 0131 527 1593 or email comms@rcsed.ac.uk.

Latest press releases issued by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd):

Crowning Glory for Birmingham Student

The UK's Finest Undergraduate Dentist Crowned Winner in Tense Final

The dental clinical skills competition to discover the UK's best undergraduate dentist reached its climax at the Grand Final in Edinburgh this week. Run by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (https://www.rcsed.ac.uk/) Britain’s oldest surgical Royal College, and Dentsply Sirona (www.dentsplysirona.com) the competition, now in its third year…

Cutting Edge for Bristol University Student

UK's Finest Aspiring Surgeon Wins in Tense Final

Scalpels were drawn in an interactive, one-of-a-kind, national surgical skills competition run by Britain's oldest Royal Surgical college as the contest to discover the UK's best aspiring surgeon reached its climax at the Grand Final in Edinburgh on Saturday 18 February 2017. Run by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, in association with M…

Future Sutures

Tomorrow's Surgical Stars Enter Third Year of Unique Surgical Skills Competition

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions today launch the third surgical skills competition. Convened by College council member Mr Roger Currie, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Ayrshire, it is now in its third year and aims to discover the most talented unde…

The Apprentice Dentist

Faculty of Dental Surgery Competition Enters Its Third Year

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Dentsply Sirona today launch the annual dental skills competition.  Run by the College’s Faculty of Dental Surgery it is now in its third year and aims to discover the most talented and skilled undergraduate dentist in the UK. The ground-breaking competition sees final year dental students from across…

'Never Event' Horizon

From Oil Rigs to the Operating Theatre: Britain’s Oldest Surgical Royal College Honours Revolutionary Work in Reducing Human Error in Surgery

An off-shore oil rig explosion; eventually dramatized in the big screen by Hollywood actors; and a jumbo jet crash would appear unlikely sources of study for minimising errors in an operating theatre – yet Britain’s oldest surgical Royal College has recently awarded one of their highest honours to such a body of work. Psychological advisor to NASA…

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