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    Name of the WFNS Training Centre:

    Bristol Royal Children's Hospital, Bristol United Kingdom


    About the Training Center:

    We’re really proud of our hospitals and facilities – especially now all specialist paediatrics in Bristol have been centralized based right in the heart of Bristol. We are the only Paediatric Hospital in the UK where all the services are located under one roof.
    The Neurosurgery Service based in Bristol covers the West of England & the South West Peninsula, a population of 4.5 million people. It has an established Network within the South West and West of England and delivers the full range of neurosurgical procedures including Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, Robotic Deep Brain Stimulation and Epilepsy surgery.
    We are the regional Paediatric Major Trauma Centre. We have one of only 2 intra-operative MRI suites for children in the UK and have a strong interest in paediatric neuro-oncological surgery. The service is based at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC). A ward with 16 beds is the main focus of activity with an infrastructure to include Outpatients, Theatres and Radiology- all Paediatric orientated.
    Neurosurgical equipment and capabilities

    • Brain Lab Suite
    • Medtronic Stealth Neuronavigation
    • Neuromate Stereotactic Robot
    • Intraoperative MRI
    • Angiography and Interventional Neurosurgery
    • Stereotactic Radiosurgery- adult service on site
    • Flexible Neuroendoscopy
    • Neurosurgical Operative Microscope
    • Intraoperative Ultrasound scan
    • Cavitronic Ultrasonic Aspirator

    There are close links between the University of Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust with the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Unit in Cardiovascular Disease based at the Bristol Heart Institute and the jointly funded Clinical Research Imaging Centre at St Michaels Hospital. The Paediatric Neurosurgery Department has an active research programme. Rated by the Sunday Times as the best city to live in the UK, Bristol has coast and countryside right on its doorstep. It has also been rated the coolest city and the most digital – smart city. There’s a real buzz about the city, and whether you’re looking for culture, sport, shopping or eating out, it’s all here for you. You can find out more about Bristol by visiting Bristol City Council’s website.


    Programme Details:

    • a six to twelve month clinical observership/ fellowship to neurosurgeons that meet the World Federation Neurological Surgeon (WFNS) criteria for the international fellowship program.
    •  All travel related expenses (i.e.) transportation to and from Bristol United Kingdom, Visa costs, passport expense, etc. though are the responsibility of the visiting fellows.
    • The successful candidate will be paid at the level of Senior Clinical Fellow this is approximately 3600 pounds sterling and this will cover living expenses.



    The successful applicant will be assigned to work with one of the Consultants at Bristol Children’s Hospital. They will provide assistance in theatre, undertake a twice daily ward round and liaise with their Consultant regarding management decisions. They will attend outpatients and the clinical meetings. There is a daily 7.30am Consultant ward round. There is a Joint Neurosciences Meeting on a weekly basis. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to present at the Joint Neurosciences Meetings and undertake research projects. They will be expected to participate in the departmental audit programme. The out of hours commitment is a 1 in 6 non-resident on-call Rota.


    Required documentation:

    a) Must have registration with the General Medical Council.
    b) Particular experience required for appointment:

    • Experience in planning and writing up research projects is desirable
    • Operative experience in basic neurosurgical procedures required for on-call service
    • Neurosurgical Registrar or Senior Neurosurgical SHO level experience
    • MRCS/FRCS or equivalent.

    c) The passing of a medical examination is a condition of appointment of all practitioners within the scope of the National Health Service Superannuation Scheme.


    How to apply:

    Qualified applicants are invited to fill out the Online Application Form. Only the online application will be accepted.


    August 2022