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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 October 2017

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Bullying Epidemic among Surgeons Harms Patients

Disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson described as a ‘bully’, colleagues feared questioning him

Survey shows 84% of UK doctors have experienced bullying[1] A study of plastic surgeons uncovered 94% had encountered unprofessional behaviour including bullying and “poor anger management” Surgical trainees THREE TIMES more likely to be bullied than other healthcare professions: trainees tell of ‘living hell’ and even suicide Disruptive behav…

The surgical team: is it time to embrace perioperative practitioners?

For all of the Surgical Team: Faculty of Perioperative Care Conference, 4 November 2017

Perioperative practitioners are increasingly taking on care responsibilities previously carried out by the medical team, and, as the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) is soon to hold its third annual conference, RCSEd Council Member and Faculty of Perioperative Care (FPC) Lead Charlie Auld says now could be the right moment for the sur…

Calling all budding filmmakers – RCSEd launches the 2017/2018 Video Competition!

Today the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) put out a call for budding filmmakers to enter its 2017/1018 Video Competition. This year the focus is on the RCSEd’s successful #LetsRemoveIt anti-bullying campaign and wants videos that demonstrate examples of workplace best practice. “This year's Video Competition will throw the spotlight…

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