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Become a member

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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Successful Neurosurgical practice is dependent on extensive training and continuous development at all stages of a Neurosurgical career.  Training must include the acquisition of knowledge, behaviours, technical and non-technical skills.  Judgement and therefore competence come with experience and trainees are encouraged to get as broad an exposure to neurosurgical practice as possible.

Neurosurgery training in UK is regulated by the General Medical Council (GMC).  The Joint Committee on Surgical Training (JCST) incorporates the Neurosurgical Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) on Neurosurgery and provides advice to the GMC.  Training is supervised locally by the regional deaneries, through the Schools of Surgery and the Neurosurgery Training Programme Directors.

Neurosurgery training in Ireland is regulated by the Irish Medical Council and the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.


Training Pathway

How to become a Neurosurgeon in the UK

Foundation Doctors and Medical Students

Specialty Trainees in Neurosurgery




Other Training and Education Resources

CPD and Revalidation

Neurosurgical Courses 



Awards, Bursaries, Prizes

Last Updated: 1 December 2023