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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 27,000 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 major bases of operations in Birmingham and Kuala Lumpur.

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Press releases from August 2014

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UK Surgical Trainees Assessed on Non-Technical Skills for the First Time

Whilst job assessments in many professions involve a rating for how well the person performs in a group, whether they communicate efficiently or display strong leadership qualities, it’s only the first time in the UK that similar skills are being formally evaluated in surgeons through the national curriculum, using a system devised by Britain’s lar…

Cutting Out ‘Never Events’: Surgery Checklists to Spread from Operating Theatre into Emergency Wards

Surgery Safety System to Help Reduce Errors Outside the Operating Room

It is known that ten to 15% of patients admitted to hospital experience an adverse event, but more than half of those related to surgery don’t actually occur inside the operating theatre. Emergency admissions are associated with the majority of complications, including incorrect diagnoses, inappropriate or unnecessary investigations and wrong or de…

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