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 August 2015
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Britain’s Oldest Surgical Royal College Announces Launch of 2015-2016 Dental Skills Competition
- Published: 13 August 2015
Britain’s oldest surgical Royal College today announces the return of its UK-wide, ‘Masterchef’-style Dental Skills competition, which sees dental students pitted against colleagues as they showcase their toothsome abilities in front of a panel of judges. Competition contestants will face their fellow students in the regional heats, to be run at d…
Leeds Medical Student Wins Award by Britain’s Oldest Surgical Royal College
- Published: 3 August 2015
A breakthrough that could open up options for sufferers of advanced bowel cancer has been awarded a prize at a research symposium held by Britain’s oldest surgical Royal College. Leeds University medical student Matthew Goldsworthy was awarded the prize for Best Oral Presentation by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (www.rcsed.ac.uk) at t…
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