Become a member
To apply for SBNS membership click the link below and visit our application page.
SBNS is unable to give medical advice or recommend neurosurgeons. Please use an appropriate support group or your GP.
Become a Neurosurgeon
The management of neurosurgical patients requires excellent medical and surgical skills, a career in Neurosurgery offers many challenges and rewards.
Contact the SBNS Office
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Continued Professional Development
CPD may be defined as learning activities, which update existing skills. It is a requirement of the new consultant contract.
Collecting and recording of CPD activity has formed part of the appraisal system, but is now an integral part of so-called "Strengthened Medical Appraisal". A reflective approach is encouraged. Each employer has an individual approach to the details, but evidence of satisfactory completion of annual appraisals, including CPD, will be central to the GMC process of revalidation.
Application for SBNS CPD Approval
The Society of British Neurological Surgeons will recognise courses/scientific meetings that meet the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges CPD Standards.
If you wish to apply for SBNS approval please complete the application form, referring to the guidance ‘Standards and Criteria for CPD Activities – A Framework for Accreditation’ and return to Suzanne Murray the SBNS office email@example.com providing evidence to support your answers where applicable.
Revalidation has now begun. It is likely to be a straightforward process for most neurosurgeons but we all need to start making preparations now. Your Trust should be able to tell you the likely date for your revalidation but you will still need to undergo annual appraisal anyway,so it makes sense for you to become familiar with the mechanisms involved. The NHS Revalidation Support Team (www.revalidationsupport.nhs.uk) provides useful guidance, in particular its Medical Appriasal Guide. There is also an electronic Model Appraisal Form, which many Trusts/Health Boards are likely to adopt and which you should, therefore, view. There is also advice about supporting information, as well as a checklist developed specifically for surgery, on the English College website: http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/surgeons/working/revalidation/guidance.
An individual doctor is responsible for collecting his or her supporting information, although Trusts must make some of this available, in particular clinical outcome data. 360° assessments are also required and your Trust should provide a facility for you to participate in this process.
Graham Flint has taken over from Phil van Hille as SBNS lead on revalidation. He can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Regional Specialty Professional Advisor should know how to access further assistance if necessary.