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):
PRCSEd comments on BBC investigation that suggests thousands of operations cancelled in English hospitals last year.
- Published: 22 September 2016 | Tags:
Responding to a BBC investigation that suggests tens of thousands of operations were cancelled by English hospitals last year, but not officially counted, Mr Michael Lavelle-Jones, President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said: “As surgeons, we are all too aware of the impact a last minute cancellation can have on patients. Not only …
The College has written to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, asking him to consider a number of practical steps to help improve surgical training and staff morale.
Mr Michael Lavelle-Jones, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, has written to the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, asking him to consider a number of practical steps to help improve surgical training and staff morale. Mr Lavelle-Jones said: “Feedback from our Fellows and Members, as well as staff surveys conducted by…
College welcomes a report by the Public Accounts Committee which challenges the Government to address the scale and cost of delays in discharging older patients from hospital in England.
- Published: 26 July 2016 | Tags:
- Discharge Delays
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has welcomed a report by the Public Accounts Committee which challenges the Government to address the scale and cost of delays in discharging older patients from hospital in England. The Committee's report urges new measures to tackle discharge delays, which are bad for both patients' health and the finan…
RCSEd welcomes the announcement that fines for missing waiting time targets in A&E, cancer and routine operations have been removed for some trusts.
- Published: 22 July 2016 | Tags:
- Waiting time targets
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the UK’s largest and oldest surgical College, has today welcomed the announcement that fines for missing waiting time targets in A&E, cancer and routine operations have been removed for some trusts. Speaking about the announcement RCSEd President Mr Michael Lavelle-Jones, said: "The College, and our…
RCSEd welcomes new NICE guidance on recognising and treating sepsis
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has welcomed new guidance on recognising and treating sepsis, published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence [NICE]. The NICE guidance calls on health professionals to think about the possibility of sepsis in all patients who may have an infection and includes a checklist of signs and …
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- Queen's Speech (1)
- Scottish Academy (1)
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- Staff Morale (1)
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- Waiting time targets (1)