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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 October 2018


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Health Organisations Urge Chancellor to Invest

A coalition of royal colleges and health faculties has urged UK chancellor Philip Hammond to use the autumn budget to deliver a long-term investment in adult social care, public health services and the NHS workforce, or otherwise risk the NHS failing to meet demands despite the recent £20.5 billion funding increase.

A coalition of royal colleges and health faculties has urged UK chancellor Philip Hammond to use the autumn budget to deliver a long-term investment in adult social care, public health services and the NHS workforce, or otherwise risk the NHS failing to meet demands despite the recent £20.5 billion funding increase. In a letter addressed to the ch…


RCSEd and RCSEng Comment on Regulation for Physician Associates and Physicians’ Assistants in Anaesthesia

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has announced the introduction of statutory regulation for Physician Associates and Physicians’ Assistants (Anaesthesia).

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has announced the introduction of statutory regulation for Physician Associates and Physicians’ Assistants (Anaesthesia). Alongside this, a new legislative framework will enable regulation for other Medical Associate Professions (MAPs) roles as this case is made. Responding to the Se…


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