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The Royal College of Surgeons of England

New COVID-19 webinar added

In our forthcoming webinar on Thursday 28 May, RCS President Elect Professor Neil Mortensen will discuss what we can learn about responding to the pandemic from the global community, with special speakers providing the US and Italian perspectives. 

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Lessons from other countries

New tools for our Recovery of Surgical Services guidance

We've published a new checklist for resuming elective surgery, along with specific guidance on safety and risk assessment, as part of our guidance on handling the backlog of surgical work. We'll be adding more tools regularly in the coming months.

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New tools for handling the backlog

Free guidance for surgeons

As the NHS continues to grapple with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, our guidance contains broad recommendations for surgical services that can be adapted to suit different situations.

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Recommendations to support decision-making


COVID-19 Webinar series

We host webinars every week on COVID-19 related topics with surgical experts to provide a space for discussion, feedback and information exchange. You can join our upcoming webinars and watch recorded discussions on topics from BAME workers on the frontline to the impact on trainees.

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COVID-19: Using technhology to overcome PPE

Prof. Martin Birchall shares his team's experience of using technology to maintain safe distance and overcome some of the limitations of PPE.

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The Bulletin

May 2020

In the latest issue of the Bulletin, we look at the impact that the COVID-19 crisis is having on healthcare systems. We also turn our focus to technology and discuss how the latest developments can enhance surgical performance.

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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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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