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Annual Report and Impact Review 2018/2019


Alongside our Annual Report 2018/19, we have produced a summary of our activities and achievements throughout the last financial year. We are keen that as members you understand how we spend your membership fees and how we are working to our ultimate vision of advancing surgical care.

Navigate through our four key areas of work in our interactive report below, or download the full Annual Report.


President’s foreword

Professor Derek Alderson, President of the Royal College of Surgeons'This year saw the publication of the final report of the RCS’s Commission on the Future of Surgery, which set out a compelling vision for future advances in medicine and technology over the next 20 years.

We have persistently raised concerns with the government about long waiting times for non-urgent surgery and the lack of a plan to clear the backlog of patients waiting for elective treatment.

I am also pleased to note the RCS’s work to attract and support a diverse and representative workforce in surgery, including through our Women in Surgery (WinS) programme.

The RCS has continued to support and deliver a range of research and quality improvement projects, such as our Cholecystectomy Quality Improvement Collaborative (CholeQuIC), while support from six generous funders has allowed us to appoint the first ever RCS Professorial Chairs in Surgical Trials, of which there are now seven in post.

Our members and staff can be immensely proud of their efforts in 2018–19, and I look forward to building upon this work over the coming years.'

Professor Derek Alderson, RCS President

Our plans for the future

Our emerging five-year plan aims to review and refresh the place of the RCS, taking on the challenges of a digital age, global economies, professional specialisation, workforce diversity, better involved and informed patients, and changing attitudes to work. Redevelopment of our London home is symbolic of this change, together with ambitious plans to update what we offer and the way we work to ensure that we remain sustainable for the long term.

We are committed to a continuing process of transformation into a modern, sustainable and forward-thinking college that embraces our heritage and reflects a professional approach to our work within a landmark building.

We look forward to continuing to work with you to support our colleagues, drive the profession forwards and advance surgical care. To stay up to date with exciting future developments, we encourage you to ensure you are receiving our regular email updates and follow us on social media:




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