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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Press Statements from July 2015
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- Published: 16 July 2015 | Tags:
- 24/7 NHS Care
From Mr Ian Ritchie, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh: “Patients rightly expect the same standards of care at night and weekends as they would receive during normal working hours. We support this, and know that our membership is strongly in favour of round the clock services. However, they also have concerns about the feasi…
RCSEd comment on proposed cuts to public health budgets in England
- Published: 15 July 2015 | Tags:
- Public Health Funding
Mr Ian Ritchie, PRCSEd, has today warned that the proposed £200 million cuts to public health budgets in England will significantly hamper efforts to reduce NHS costs. Mr Ritchie said: "NHS England's Five Year Forward View recognises the impact that smoking, alcohol abuse, obesity and inactivity are having on the NHS's finite resources. These cut…
RCSEd President comments
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in Scotland has today (10 July 2015) published a series of major recommendations aimed at addressing systemic failings in NHS care in Scotland, evidenced in recent reports on hospital deficiencies, which it believes have been predominantly caused by the failure of clinical staff and NHS management to work toget…
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