Royal Colleges of Surgeons
The origins of the first Royal College of Surgeons go back to the fourteenth century with the foundation of the 'Guild of Surgeons Within the City of London'.
The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) is a professional membership organisation and registered charity, that exists to improve patient care. They support 20,000 members in the UK and internationally by improving their skills and knowledge, developing policy and guidance, and carrying out projects to improve surgical care.

What do they do?
  • Supervise training of surgeons in approved posts
  • Provide educational and practical workshops for surgeons and other medical professionals at all stages of their careers
  • Examine trainees to ensure the highest professional standards
  • Promote and support surgical research in the UK
  • Act as an advisory body to the Department of Health, health authorities, trusts, hospitals and other professional bodies
  • Equip surgeons with the skills they need throughout their careers

RCS around the world:
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (chartered 1505)
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England (incorporated 1493, chartered 1800)
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (founded 1519, chartered 1599)
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (chartered 1784)
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (chartered 1927)
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (chartered 1929)
  • Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (chartered 1868)