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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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Press releases and statements

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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):

Scottish Public Services Ombudsman ruling regards Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board - Acute Services Division

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh notes that the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman upheld a complaint from a patient due to a five month wait for a knee operation this week. RCSEd does not usually comment on individual cases but delays in treatment and reductions in the percentage of patients being treated within the Treatment Time Guaran…


RCSEd support for calls to take action against the marketing of food and drink high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS)

RCSEd are members of the Obesity Health Alliance and support calls for the government to take action against the marketing of food and drink high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) across all media. RCSEd President Professor Michael Lavelle-Jones said: “RCSEd welcomes the introduction of the soft drink industry level but recognises that much more needs …


RCSEd Response to Lord Darzi’s Interim Review of Health and Care

In response to the Interim Report of Lord Darzi’s Review Of Health And Care, RCSEd President Professor Michael Lavelle-Jones said: RCSEd agrees with Lord Darzi’s assertion that the NHS requires a long term funding settlement for health and social care. It is evident that multi-year funding is essential to ensure the NHS can make longer term plans …


Joint Statement from Leaders of Eight Royal Colleges and Faculties

Joint statement urges government to focus on four priorities whilst developing the new health and care workforce strategy for England

Following Health Education England’s consultation on Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future: A draft health and care workforce strategy for England, leaders from eight Royal Colleges and Faculties have written a joint statement to urge the government and its partners to prioritise four key points whilst developing the new strategy. They state: ‘We …


New Laws Allowing Advanced Paramedics to Prescribe Medicine

RCSEd supports new laws in England that allows hundreds of advanced paramedics to prescribe drugs, improving care for patients.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) supports new laws in England that allows hundreds of advanced paramedics to prescribe drugs, improving care for patients, speeding up access to treatment and preventing unnecessary visits to hospitals and GP practices.  Patients already rely on paramedics to administer live-saving treatment whe…




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