Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
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FounderKing James IV
Coordinates55°56′49″N 3°11′01″W / 55°56′49″N 3°11′01″W / 55.946813; -3.183488

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) is an independent, charitable professional organisation committed to advancing surgical excellence through education, training, examinations and CPD, with a focus on patient care and patient outcomes. The College has seven active Faculties, covering the broad spectrum of surgical, dental and other medical practice. Its main campus is located on Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, within the William Henry Playfair designed Surgeons' Hall and adjoining buildings. The main campus includes a dedicated skills laboratory, the award-winning Surgeons' Hall Museums, a medical and surgical library and the 4-star Ten Hill Place Hotel. A second office was opened in Birmingham (UK) in 2014 and an international office opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2018.

It is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world[1] and traces its origins to 1505 when the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh were formally incorporated as a craft guild of Edinburgh. The College is a global network of medical professionals, with some 26,000 members worldwide. 40% of members are based outside of the UK, living and working in more than 100 countries around the world. The majority of the College's UK members are based in England with others across Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Membership covers individuals at all stages of their careers, including students, trainees, consultants and those who have retired from practice.

Vision and Mission

The College's vision is 'To achieve the best possible outcomes for patients worldwide'. Its stated mission is, 'The pursuit of excellence and advancement in surgical and dental practice through leadership, innovation and standard setting in education, training and continuing professional development.