The School of Surgery offers an 8 year training programme in neurosurgery.  Trainee placements are in:  

  1. Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  2. Southmead Hospital, Bristol
  3. Bristol Children’s Hospital

Neurosurgical training in the South West is conducted as a combined programme with placements in Bristol and Plymouth.   During the training programme registrars rotate between different consultants at six monthly intervals. They will achieve a wide range of exposure to ward cases, intensive care cases, operating theatre and outpatient clinics. There is a major commitment to on-call work. Specialist trainees are appointed via the national neurosurgery selection process.

The curriculum is outlined on the ISCP website and trainees are expected to achieve competencies at a steady pace throughout training in line with the curriculum.

Annual appraisals in the form of ARCP reviews are conducted annually with follow up reviews as and when required. 

Training days are held several times a year with Bristol trainees and are usually based in Taunton. The Bristol/Plymouth training programme is a very popular training scheme. 

Please see the School Structure page for Head of School, Training Programme Director, College Tutor and School Management contact details.