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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Latest Press Statements issued by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd):
RCSEd Honorary Secretary, Dr Judy Evans, responds to Hannah Yard's experience of sexism by medical staff
- Published: 18 April 2019 | Tags:
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) have a huge focus on supporting equality in the Surgical Profession and our #LetsRemoveIt campaign, exists to tackle any issue of bullying, undermining and harassment (including sexism). Dr Judy Evans, Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Honorary Secretary of RCSEd, responded to Hannah Yard’s story, com…
Patient safety is at the core of all activity carried out by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd).
- Published: 10 April 2019 | Tags:
RCSEd response to ‘Surgeons demand of clarity on private hospital safety’ Patient safety is at the core of all activity carried out by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd). The delivery of this activity is the responsibility of the entire surgical team, and decisions about the nature of that care must involve all members of that tea…
RCSEd believe it is right that Dr Bawa-Garba is reinstated
- Published: 10 April 2019 | Tags:
Responding to the news that Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba will be reinstated under supervision, Professor Mike Griffin OBE, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) stated: “This case has been tragic, and our hearts go out to Jack Adcock's family for the grief they continue to suffer. “However, we believe it is right that Dr Baw…
"Bullying within the profession is a problem"
- Published: 3 April 2019 | Tags:
Chair of General Medical Council (GMC), Dame Clare Marx said 'bullying of doctors by senior colleagues is a problem which could effect patient care" as a new initiative is launched in a bid to tackle these issues. Professor Mike Griffin OBE, President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh responded by saying:“The Royal College of Surgeon…
- Published: 29 March 2019 | Tags:
Responding to the publication of a series of accounts that detail the lack of care and regard the NHS has for young medics, Professor Michael Griffin OBE, President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said: “We are grateful for Dr Poole’s work to highlight how the NHS takes trainees for granted. The case studies she presents are not on…
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