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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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Press releases from May 2014

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Leeds Students are a Cut Above

University Society Claims Prize from Britain’s Oldest Surgical Royal College

A group of undergraduates from Leeds University beat tough competition from across the UK to win a prestigious award from Britain’s oldest Royal Surgical College. Every year, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (www.rcsed.ac.uk); which recently opened a new centre of operations in Birmingham to cater for the 80% of its UK membership based i…

Surgical Trainees 3x More Likely to Experience Bullying

Britain’s Oldest Surgical Royal College Unveils New Safeguard Initiatives

Three out of five surgical trainees have been victims of bullying and undermining at work, and nine out of ten have observed first-hand these behaviours taking place, a proportion three times higher than recorded across other healthcare professions. The new survey findings were unveiled during a recent week-long series of innovative events on the t…

Welsh Surgeon Makes the Cut

Rhyl Native Chosen as the UK’s Surgical Trainer of the Year

A paediatric and colorectal surgeon from Rhyl in North Wales has been hailed as ‘inspirational’ by England’s NHS Director Sir Bruce Keogh and honoured with one of the most prestigious awards in UK surgery. Mike Lavelle-Jones, Vice President of Britain’s oldest and largest surgical Royal College, was ‘deeply touched’ to be handed the “Silver Scalpel…

Sir Michael Richards CBE Backs ‘Bucket List’ Campaign

Youth’s Efforts Lauded as ‘Phenomenal’ by Renowned British Oncologist and Chief Inspector of Hospitals

Whilst being honoured by Britain’s oldest and largest surgical Royal College, renowned oncologist and ‘Cancer Tsar’ Sir Michael Richards CBE took time to hail the efforts of terminally-ill teenager Stephen Sutton as ‘phenomenal’. As he received an honorary Fellowship; the highest degree of membership by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (w…

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