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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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Press Statements from April 2016

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Royal Colleges Welcome First Minister's Intervention on Junior Doctors' Contract

Scottish Royal Colleges write to First Minister expressing concern about ongoing and damaging uncertainty of contract dispute

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow – who represent members across the UK – have written to the First Minister of Scotland to express their concerns with the dispute around the junior doctors’ contract in England and the ongoing and dam…

Letter to the Prime Minister from Royal Colleges

RCSEd supports letter to David Cameron calling for intervention in Junior Contract dispute

RCSEd President Mr Michael Lavelle-Jones, alongside 13 other members of other Royal Colleges, has written and signed a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron calling on him to intervene in the Junior Doctors contract dispute:   Dear Prime Minister, You have spoken many times about your commitment to the NHS. In our view, as leaders of the medica…

Devolution of NHS Spending in Greater Manchester

RCSEd comments on Greater Manchester becoming the first local authority in England to take control of its £6bn health and social care budget

In response to Greater Manchester today becoming the first local authority in England to take control of its £6bn health and social care budget, Mr Michael Lavelle-Jones, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, commented: "We welcome the Greater Manchester plans and look forward to working with relevant partners in the city region…

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