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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Latest press releases issued by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd):
Nurse Ensuring Education and Support for the Surgical Care Team in First-of-its-Kind Award
- Published: 17 August 2018
A nurse with a lifelong career in surgical care has been singled out for a rare honour by the UK’s oldest surgical Royal College. Susan Hall, who is originally from Merseyside and qualified as a nurse in Liverpool in 1974, has been recognised for her tireless work in helping develop an infrastructure of support and education for the ‘perioperative…
UK’s Oldest Surgical College Gears Up for First-Ever Cycling Symposium Across Britain
- Published: 30 July 2018
On behalf of the 500+ year-old Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, a dozen surgeons and surgeons-in-training will be setting off on 1 September on a gruelling seven-day bicycle trek from Southampton to Edinburgh – in a bid to spread the word on the latest news and advances in the field of surgery. On the #LetsCycleIt mission, the team of exper…
Renowned Cancer Surgeon Elected as President of UK’s Oldest Surgical Royal College
- Published: 25 July 2018
A Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle-upon-Tyne has been elected as the next President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Professor Michael Griffin, whose revolutionary approach to tackling oesophago-gastric (stomach and gullet) cancer saw cure rates in surgical patients improve by over 50%…
RCSEd President Welcomes Announcement of Proposed £20bn for the NHS but Fears it is Only the Bare Maintenance Minimum
Following the Government's announcement of a proposed £20bn annual real term increase in NHS funding in England by 2023-24, Professor Michael Lavelle Jones, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh gave his comments.
- Published: 20 June 2018
Following the Government's announcement of a proposed £20bn annual real term increase in NHS funding in England by 2023-24, Professor Michael Lavelle Jones, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said: “The announcement that the NHS will receive an average 3.4% yearly increase in NHS funding over the next five years is a significa…
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, is the first medical Royal College to develop a Diploma in Urgent Medical Care (DipUMC RCSEd), targeted at the many thousands of nurses, doctors and paramedics that provide essential healthcare across the UK when GP surgeries are closed.
- Published: 19 June 2018
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, is the first medical Royal College to develop a Diploma in Urgent Medical Care (DipUMC RCSEd), targeted at the many thousands of nurses, doctors and paramedics that provide essential healthcare across the UK when GP surgeries are closed. Colville Laird, Convener for …
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