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 October 2015
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RCSEd has today reiterated its opposition to the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill that will be debated by MPs
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has today reiterated its opposition to the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill that will be debated by MPs this Friday (16 October 2015). Ian Ritchie PRCSEd said; "The College has lobbied hard against this and the previous iteration tabled by Lord Saatchi as we believe that both are unnecessary…
RCSEd & FSSA deplore the situation that has arisen over the junior doctors contract in England and call on all parties involved in the discussion to meet as a matter of urgency to resolve the current impasse
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, representing around 10,000 Fellows and Members in England, and the Federation of Surgical Specialty Associations deplore the situation that has arisen over the terms and conditions for doctors in training in England. We call on all parties involved in the discussion about terms and conditions to meet as…
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