Over many years, fellows of the College have extended the frontiers of surgery through clinical research and the development of new operative techniques.
In the last 27 years, the College – through our Research Fellowship Scheme – has committed more than £45 million to support over 850 individual trainee surgeons working in university departments and hospitals throughout the UK and abroad.
RCS/NIHR Surgical Technology Evaluation Portal launched
The Surgical Technology Evaluation Portal (STEP) provides companies and innovators with a single point of access to clinicians and researchers in the NHS, for the purpose of undertaking research on new surgical medical devices and technologies.
Our areas of work
Donate to surgical research
We need to continue to raise money to fund the fellowships of the future. RCS England awards 25–30 annually but the number and quality of applicants continue to rise and we need the resources to support them. Find out more about the different ways you can donate to surgical research.
Alternatively, please call us on 020 7869 6083 or email our fundraising.
For people interested in the process of conducting research, we have produced an e-learning module on research methodology as part of the RCS England PGCert programme. This module can be taken as a standalone item and does not require enrolment to the entire PGCert. The module explores key concepts which underpin evidence-based surgery whilst providing tools to plan, undertake and analyse clinical research. Even if your interest is not research oriented, this module covers essential skills for critically appraising clinical literature and will enable you to make more informed decisions.
Surgical research films
Please watch the short film below to learn how patients benefit from surgical research.
The use of animals in research
The College is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and supports the AMRC position statement on the use of animals in research.
RCS conflicts of interest policy
The Research Fellowship and Lectureship Selection Group supports the RCS Conflicts of Interest Policy.