College Mission Statement
The Royal College of Surgeons of England is committed to enabling surgeons to achieve and maintain the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care.
- 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
- Support audit and evaluation of clinical effectiveness
- Provide support and advice for surgeons in all stages of their careers
- Provide a mechanism whereby trusts can seek independent advice
- House a current and historical information resource centre for surgeons in the library and museums
- Act as an advisory body to the Department of Health, health authorities, Trusts, hospitals and other professional bodies
- Collaborate with other medical and academic organisations in the UK and worldwide.
- Seek to convey the importance of, and provide support for, good, effective communication and interpersonal relationships between patients and surgeons
What we don't do
- Register or license surgeons to practise nor have responsibility for disciplinary actions; this is the responsibility of the General Medical Council (GMC)
- Process complaints from patients; this is another responsibility of the GMC or a function of individual hospitals
- Recommend individual surgeons to patients or offer patients medical advice; the College recommends that patients always seek referral through general practitioners.