Update from the College’s Policy and Public Affairs Team

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14 Oct 2022

The RCSEd policy team has been working to make the College’s voice heard with multiple policymakers and stakeholders in recent months, despite the quiet period over the summer as the Conservative Party leadership election played out and a new Cabinet and Health Secretary came in. We have attended party conference events, such as a Fabian Society fringe event on children’s access to healthcare with Shadow Secretary of State Wes Streeting.

We engaged strongly with the House of Commons Select Committee Panel of Experts as they evaluated the government’s commitments on the NHS workforce, giving both written and verbal evidence. Their report referenced the College’s evidence multiple times and even directly quoted us.

We have also responded to consultations and engaged with the devolved administrations in both Wales and Scotland, on topics as varied as cancer strategy, a healthy food environment for children and digital health. We continue to do so, and are currently working on a consultation response to the Welsh government as they introduce a statutory Duty of Care.

We also continue to engage with medical stakeholders, submitting a response to the GMC’s consultation on updating Good Medical Practice and having multiple conversations with other Royal College’s and organisations in the world of health.

We have also continued to work on the College’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy, producing a report on the underrepresentation of Black surgeons and working within the Inequalities in Health Alliance.

We will continue to provide advocacy for our members and fellows and patients across Westminster and the devolved administrations. If you would like to know more about our work please contact us on birmingham@rcsed.ac.uk.


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 www.twitter.com/RCSEd and on Facebook www.facebook.com/rcsed

The College is based at Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW and can be reached on (0)131 527 1600 or mail@rcsed.ac.uk. 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.

For all media enquiries please contact the Communications Team on +447467 485145 or email comms@rcsed.ac.uk 


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