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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

How can we cut lengthening waits?

As part of our campaign to tackle lengthening waiting times for elective surgery, we are surveying RCS members and fellows who work in the NHS to understand the reasons behind the problem.

Complete our survey

Complete our survey to help inform dialogue with government

What we achieved in 2018/19

We’ve published our 2018/19 Annual Report looking at how we have advanced surgical care and setting out our vision for the future. Explore our interactive Impact Review for the highlights of some of our key achievements.

Explore our Impact Review

Our Annual Report and accompanying Impact Review highlights

2019 Christmas appeal

Surgery can prevent inguinal hernia, cure the condition and improve quality of life. It will cost £16,720 for UK clinicians to train teams to perform this life-changing procedure.

Find out more about our 2019 Christmas appeal

Help us improve access to surgical care for children with inguinal hernia in Nepal


Could you be an expert witness?


Leslie Hamilton There is a misconception that doctors who serve as witnesses in court need to be experts at giving evidence. For the release of our latest medico-legal guidance, former RCS council member Leslie Hamilton looks at what it takes to become an expert witness.


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The Bulletin

November 2019

RCS Bulletin Nov 2019In this issue of the Bulletin we take a look at the ‘green’ theatre, the future of surgery, the Royal College of Surgeons building transformation, and surgeons and members of the public discuss the emotional side of surgery and much more. Take a look at 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