[PDF] Surgical titles in the NHS: position statement

Royal College of Surgeons - RCS
Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS)
Publication date:
01 July 2010


There are various categories of surgeon including consultant surgeons, specialty doctors and surgeons in training.

The Royal College of Surgeons believes that the variable use of the term ‘consultant surgeon’ (with any prefix or suffix) within the Health Service is misleading for patients and the public. It recommends that the 1983 Health Act be amended to restrict the use of this title to medically qualified practitioners in a surgical specialty, on the Specialist Register of the General Medical Council (GMC), who have been appointed by a statutory Advisory Appointment Committee process.