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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 March 2019

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RCSEd Says Lack of Care for Young Medics Symptomatic of Wider Problem

Responding to the publication of a series of accounts that detail the lack of care and regard the NHS has for young medics, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) President Professor Michael Griffin OBE, said: “We are grateful for Doctor Poole’s work to highlight how the NHS takes trainees for granted. The case studies she presents are n…

Plymouth Student Awarded With The Sharpest Skills In The UK

Tense competition final tests Surgeons of the future to cut out bad habits and sharpen up their skills Tense competition final tests Surgeons of the future to cut out bad habits and sharpen up their skills

Run by Britain’s oldest surgical Royal College, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh with sponsors Medtronic, the National Surgical Skills Competition, now in its fourth year, was won by University of Plymouth Peninsula Medical School student James Russell, after a gruelling series of tests designed to push the finalist's skills to the extrem…

Launch of Scottish Clinicians Collaborative Offering Support for Rural Hospitals

Retired clinicians to support local services

Recently retired doctors are to return to work as part of a new collaboration to support health services in remote and rural areas. Under the new Scottish Clinicians Collaborative, which is being developed by the Scottish Government and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, clinicians who have recently retired or are working part-time can t…

International Training Conference to Make Urgent Call to Develop New Training Models that Future-Proof the Global Surgical Community


Surgical trainers will attend one of the biggest global surgical training events, which is being hosted in Edinburgh this month. The delegates come together from around the world to hear from a unique selection of world-renowned experts in training, and to help shape the future of surgical training. The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSE…

Newcastle Dental Student Takes Crowning Glory in UK wide Competition Final

Reflecting the future of dentistry

Run by Britain’s oldest surgical Royal College, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) together with sponsors Dentsply Sirona, are happy to announce Newcastle University student David Cobbett as the national Dental Clinical Skills Competition winner. It is the second year running that a Newcastle University student has won the grand fin…

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