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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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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):

RCSEd Response to Dr Bawa Garba High Court Ruling

Today the High Court has announced that Dr Bawa Garba has won her High Court appeal of her indefinite erasure from the medical register

Today the High Court has announced that Dr Bawa Garba has won her High Court appeal of her indefinite erasure from the medical register.  Dr Bawa Garba’s case and the death of Jack Adcock are truly tragic. A young boy lost his life and nothing can alter this fact. Whilst individual healthcare professionals can make mistakes which have severe conse…


NHS England waiting time figures

Figures released by NHS England have shown that the number of those waiting over a year for “non-urgent” surgery are at their highest level in over six years.

Figures released by NHS England have shown that the number of those waiting over a year for “non-urgent” surgery are at their highest level in over six years. Over 3,517 people are waiting for non-urgent surgery – the highest figure since 2012. In response to the release of the figures, RCSEd President Professor Michael Lavelle-Jones said: “Thes…


RCSEd Response to Increase in Denials for Knee and Hip Surgery

An investigation by the BMJ has found that patients are being denied knee and hip surgery on the NHS.

An investigation by the BMJ has found that patients are being denied knee and hip surgery on the NHS. In 2017-18, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) turned down 1675 individual funding requests. This was an increase of 45% from 2016-17. Typically, individual funding requests have been used to limit particular procedures such as cosmetic and ferti…


Message from RCSEd President, Mike Lavelle-Jones, regarding NHS England’s Evidence Based Interventions Consultation

The announcement by the new Medical Director of NHS England, Stephen Powis, regarding Evidence Based Interventions has caused considerable concern within our membership, particularly the likelihood of limited commissioning of certain ENT and hand surgery procedures. At an Academy of Medical Royal Colleges meeting that I attended earlier this week…


RCSEd endorses Welsh NHS Confederation Brexit Briefing Paper

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh have this week endorsed a briefing document prepared by the Welsh NHS Confederation summarising what we believe are the key issues for health and social care organisations in Wales as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh have this week endorsed a briefing document prepared by the Welsh NHS Confederation summarising what we believe are the key issues for health and social care organisations in Wales as the UK prepares to leave the EU.  The briefing, which has also been endorsed by 20 organisations from across the medical a…




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