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

Rare Collections and Historic Manuscripts Available Online for the First Time

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh’s (RCSEd) Library and Archive is delighted to announce the launch of its new website

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh’s (RCSEd) Library and Archive is delighted to announce the launch of its new website archiveandlibrary.rcsed.ac.uk, a catalogue of information that will enable visitors to view unique manuscripts and photographic collections of the College’s history from their own home. Launching on World Digital Preserva…


RCSEd Appoints New Trainees’ Representative Member of Council

Advocate for Anti-bullying Appointed to Key Role Influencing Future Surgeons at Britain's Oldest Surgical Royal College

Britain's oldest surgical Royal College, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), has elected Manchester-based surgical trainee Mr David Riding as its newest Trainees’ Representative Member of Council, the fifth person to hold this post. The role was introduced by the College in 2012 to give a voice to surgical trainees at the highest l…


Newcastle Hospitals Palliative Care and Transplant Teams Scoop National Award

A team specialising in palliative care for heart and lung transplant patients at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital has won the national award.

A team specialising in palliative care for heart and lung transplant patients at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital has won a national award. The Dundas Medal is awarded by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Scottish Charity PATCH (Palliation and The Caring Hospital) to reflect work done to improve the provision of palliative care for patien…


Are Aspiring Surgeons Losing their Dexterity Skills In the Digital Age?

World’s largest and oldest surgical college disagrees, with evidence gathered through its national undergraduate surgical skills competition and surgical skills courses

The BBC recently reported that medical students are ‘losing the dexterity to stitch patients’. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) has observed contrary evidence to this, through its wide-range of surgical skills engagement activities, in particular its national Student Surgical Skills Competition, taken at undergraduate level to sho…


Perioperative Practitioners – Driving Forward their Scope of Practice?

Are there limits to the scope of the perioperative practitioner’s professional practice in today’s surgical teams? That’s the key question for debate at this year’s annual Faculty of Perioperative Care conference taking place in Birmingham on 3 November

Are there limits to the scope of the perioperative practitioner’s professional practice in today’s surgical teams? That’s the key question for debate at this year’s annual Faculty of Perioperative Care conference taking place in Birmingham on 3 November, where over 80 delegates have already signed up and one of the two courses on offer is already f…




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