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To apply for SBNS membership click the link below and visit our application page.

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Patient Information

SBNS is unable to give medical advice or recommend neurosurgeons. Please use an appropriate support group or your GP.

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Become a Neurosurgeon

The management of neurosurgical patients requires excellent medical and surgical skills, a career in Neurosurgery offers many challenges and rewards.

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The Society of British Neurological Surgeons was founded in 1926 and is one of the world's oldest national neurosurgical societies. We currently have just over 1,000 members.

The criteria for membership are indicated in the Society's Constitution & Memorandum of Association.
The Officers and members of the Council of the Society are elected by the votes of the full members and the President of Society is an invited member of several professional medical organisations.

The purpose of the Society is the study and advancement of Neurosurgery. This is achieved through the scientific meetings of the Society, through publications arising from deliberations about aspects of Neurosurgical practice and delivery of Neurosurgical services, through fostering professional relationships amongst neurosurgeons and through engagement with the public and bodies involved in the provision of care to patients requiring Neurosurgery.

The Society promotes safe and effective Neurosurgical treatment for patients throughout Great Britain and Ireland. The Society has developed and maintains the National Neurosurgical Audit Programme (NNAP), which produces outcome data for all neurosurgical in patients in England. It is also fully engaged with the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) project, aiming to improve patient care while reducing costs in all specialties. High standards of professional practice are promoted through the Society's involvement in the education and the examination of Neurosurgeons and through its scientific meetings and associated activities in the continuing professional development of Neurosurgeons. Abstracts of papers presented to Society meetings, and other aspects of formal Society business are published on this website and in the Society's official journal, the British Journal of Neurosurgery.

Last Updated: 1 December 2023