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New website launch for The Royal College of Surgeons

7 October 2016

We are delighted to announce the launch of a brand-new website for The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), a professional membership organisation for surgeons. The new website is built on Sitecore 8.1, allowing for more streamlined functionality on a more powerful platform.

The work being carried out on RCS’s digital estate is part of a wider transformation programme involving a major redevelopment of RCS’s prestigious London home to create a modern new headquarters for UK surgery whilst preserving the organisation’s heritage. To accommodate the project, the digital estate needed to be able to handle back office functionality and allow members to self-serve as much as possible.

The new website has a host of features and functionalities, and enables users to progress through their surgical career, book and pay for training, download publications and journals, and access the museum and shop. The project also marks our first web project using Sitecore 8.1 and also using Sitecore partner uCommerce to implement ecommerce capabilities. The RCS website has had a structural overhaul, including componentised pages for mobile and tablet devices, and an improved navigation to better locate the vast amounts of content available on the site. As well as this, we worked collaboratively in-house with RCS to create a bespoke API.

With the expertise of our User Experience consultants and designers, RCS have bought their digital presence into the modern era with a more engaging website that prioritises user-centric design.

Head of Digital Stephen Caffarey said:

“Redweb have worked hard to understand our business objectives and the needs of our members and customers. They grasped the considerable technical challenges of the project and were flexible to our needs as the project evolved. We’re now in a much better position – and looking forward to the next phases of work and an ongoing productive relationship with Redweb.”

Senior Developer Dave Masters added:

“It’s been great to work on our team’s first Sitecore 8.1 build which provides RCS with the ability to automate many business processes by integrating with their backend system via a new API (also built by the team). Moving to a complete .NET stack means RCS can continue to quickly develop the site to implement more business automation for their users which would otherwise be paper-based. We look forward to working with RCS in the future to continue improving their digital estate.”

As part of the project, we have also brought a number of microsites into the Sitecore platform, which will be launched later this year.

Visit the new Royal College of Surgeons website and take a look for yourself.

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