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01 Apr 2014

Britain’s oldest surgical Royal College today officially opens their first-ever regional centre in Birmingham’s Colmore Row with a series of innovative educational events aimed at the 80% of its UK membership based in England and Wales.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (; dedicated to promoting the highest standards in surgical education, training and clinical practice; is running an exciting calendar of events, on the theme of patient safety, at its new Midlands base.

From career development workshops, to presentations on operating theatre checklists, and discussions on the role trainees can play in advancing patient safety, Birmingham will play host to a unique week of events covering some of the most important issues facing the surgical profession.

Celebrating the College’s first-ever base outside Edinburgh at an evening reception on Thursday 3 April will be prominent local figures such as Councillor Ian Ward, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council Mark Rogers, alongside key representatives from the region’s health sector such as Chairman of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust Richard Samuda; Drs. Russell Smith and Rob Cooper of Health Education West Midlands; Dean of Medicine for the University of Birmingham Professor David Adams; Warwick Medical School’s Dean of Medicine Professor Peter Winstanley and Elisabeth Buggins of the Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust.

With 22,000 members around the world, the RCSEd’s presence means Birmingham is set to become a centre for innovation and development in surgery, as the College rolls out exciting courses on a range of topics; including core surgery skills for medical students (learning to handle instruments, manage wounds and suture), implant dentistry, anatomy sessions and a course designed by orthopaedic surgeons to train GPs in bone and joint health issues.

Commenting on the Birmingham base, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Mr. Ian Ritchie, a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon, said;

“Patient safety lies at the heart of everything we do as a College and is the principle which guides our membership. We therefore feel strongly that we need to provide the best services and facilities possible to everyone who has chosen to be part of our College, wherever they are based. Our new centre in Birmingham confirms this commitment by providing a focal point for our activity in England and Wales and cementing the College’s strength and relevance throughout the UK. I am thrilled to join our Fellows, Members and Affiliates, as well as our colleagues in all areas of healthcare, during this exciting opening week of events and hope they will feel at home in both our Birmingham base and Edinburgh headquarters for many years to come.”


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd was first incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is the oldest surgical corporation in the world with memberships approaching 25,000 professionals in over 100 countries worldwide. The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through its interest in education, training and examinations, its liaison with external medical bodies and representation of the modern surgical and dental workforce. It is also home to the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. Find RCSEd on Twitter and on Facebook

The College is based at Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW and can be reached on (0)131 527 1600 or In March 2014, a new base opened in Birmingham, catering to the 80% of the College’s UK membership who are based in England and Wales.

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