Key activities
and achievements

We’re pleased to announce the RCS membership increased by 1.9% in the 2016/17 financial year

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Quality and
Career and
Influence and

Quality and Standards

Advance standards and reduce the variability of patient outcomes

Setting standards and assuring safety

new Consent: supported
making guide and
3 podcasts, which have
been listened to over
4,000 times

new Duty of Candour
e-learning module which has
been completed 2,000+ times

invited reviews with
221 recommendations
for improvement

Assuring and improving quality

hospitals collaborating
to improve care for patients
with gallstone disease

events, courses and
centres and 9 Senior Clinical
Fellowships accredited

cosmetic surgeons
certified in newly
launched scheme


Research Fellowships

Research Grants

raised for the development
of new RCS Professorial Chairs
in Surgical Clinical Research

Career and Professional Development

Attract, educate, develop and support high-quality surgeons


careers enquiries from surgeons
and aspiring surgeons have
been resolved

members supported through
Women in Surgery and Emerging
Leaders initiatives

members supported
through 26 CPD and networking
events in 12 different locations
within the UK

Learning and development

professional surgical
and dental examinations taken

subscribers to our new online
Postgraduate Certificate in Surgery
(PGCert) course

delegates attended 647 RCS
courses in 180 centres across
the UK and internationally

Library services

historical tracts and pamphlets
digitised and made freely available

Current Awareness Service Updates
re-launched working with 21 Specialty Advisors from across career grades

books and journals
(or 5 kilometres) moved
into off-site locations as part
of Project Transform


page views on the Annals,
Bulletin and FDJ

users have accessed the
Funky Professor video series

TABBIES award for
best single issue

Museums and Archives

Hunterian Museum Visitors

Wellcome Museum users

times we've provided
research support

Influence and Engagement

Influence and shape future health policy and practice to advance standards of surgical care nationally and internationally

Media and policy

mentions in the print and broadcast
news since October 2016

most quoted medical
royal college

times we met parliamentarians
to champion key issues


development projects
initiated with local partners
in India, Gaza, Ethiopia
and Sri Lanka

International Surgical Training
Programme trainees recruited

International Travel Grants
awarded to surgeons who made
visits to, or received visitors from
India, Ethiopia, Nepal, Democratic
Republic of the Congo
and Myanmar

Moving forward in dentistry

mentions for The Faculty of Dental
Surgery (FDS) in the print and
broadcast media. FDS was the most
quoted organisation in the dental
sector in the first half of 2017

new report, Improving
Older People's Oral Health

anniversary of the FDS
celebrated in June 2017

Download the full annual report or visit our website to find
out more about these projects and our other work.