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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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Experts

The College and its faculties can offer experts and spokespeople for interview and to offer comment and professional opinion about a wide range of clinical and professional topics. Please contact us using the details below if you are interested in speaking to one of our experts.

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Contact 

For press and media inquiries please contact our press office:

Ms Tingy Simoes
Tel: 020 7549 2863
Mobile: 079 7314 7388
Email: tsimoes@wavelengthgroup.com 

For all other communications queries, please contact the RCSEd Communications Team at 0131 527 1593 or email comms@rcsed.ac.uk.


Latest Press Statements issued by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd):

House of Lords Select Committee report on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS

House of Lords Select Committee report on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS

Responding to the recent publication of the House of Lords Select Committee report on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS, Professor Michael Lavelle-Jones, President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, said: “This report is an important contribution to the discussion necessary to enable us to create a sustainable NHS. Whilst the Five…

Public Health England Requests 20% Sugar Cut for Children's Foods

Professor Bill Saunders, Dean of the Dental Faculty at RCSEd, comments on dental health

Responding to Public Health England’s recent announcement that they will be ‘urging’ the food industry to cut 20% of sugar from the main snacks and foods that children eat, Professor Bill Saunders, Dean of the Dental Faculty of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said: “The UK has both an obesity crisis and an appalling record in children’s…


Cancelled Operations in NHS England

PRCSEd comments on BBC investigation that suggests thousands of operations cancelled in English hospitals last year.

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 …

RCSEd Writes to Secretary of State for Health

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…

Discharge Delays for Elderly Patients - Public Accounts Committee

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.

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…




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