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Committed to enabling surgeons to achieve and maintain the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care.

The Royal College of Surgeons of England

Calling all patients

We are looking to fill four lay member positions on our Patient and Lay Group. The group provides an independent patient and lay view on issues relevant to surgery and healthcare. Positions close 24 May 2019.

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Do you want to be a champion for patients?

Apply for a research fellowship

We offer a wide range of research fellowships, awards and grants to support all career stages. If you would like to extend the frontiers of surgery through clinical research, apply for one of our three joint fellowships, currently open until 13 June.

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Exciting opportunities available to you

Surgical innovations, new techniques and technologies guidance

We have developed a new guidance to provide surgical teams with up-to-date thinking on the development and implementation of surgical innovations. The document offers a guiding framework on key considerations such as training, consent, ethical and regulatory requirements as well as governance arrangements, audit and how to demonstrate safety and effectiveness, to ensure that patient safety always comes first.

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A guide to good practice


The Future of Surgery

The Commission on the Future of Surgery has identified advances in medicine and technology that are likely to change surgical care over the next 20 years. Professor Derek Alderson, President of the RCS, says the modern surgeon will not only have to develop appropriate clinical skills, but can expect to be an educator, researcher, and leader of a multi-disciplinary and multi-professional team.

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The Bulletin

As others truly see us

bulletin cover RCS Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin, Professor Neil Mortensen, discusses the importance of emotional intelligence in the surgical setting in this month's Bulletin.

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Transforming surgery for tomorrow

RCS TransformWe are embarking on an ambitious three year transformation. We will be building on our heritage, bringing our surgical community closer together and expanding our digital resources.

RCS Transform


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Whatever stage of your surgical career you’re at, RCS membership will provide you with the knowledge, skills and development and support you need.

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Donate to the RCS

The RCS is a charity and relies on your support to fund research, training and conserving our heritage collections - all in the aim of advancing surgical care.

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Conserve our collections

Illustration of a skeleton and rhino from:

Tabulae sceleti et musculorum corporis humani

by Albinus 1747