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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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Continued Professional Development

CPD may be defined as learning activities, which update existing skills. It is a requirement of the 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, is central to the GMC process of revalidation. 

Application for SBNS CPD Approval

The Society of British Neurological Surgeons will recognise courses and 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 at the SBNS office  providing  evidence to support your answers where applicable.



CPD activity may be recorded in your employers appraisal system, the electronic logbook, or using the paper forms in Maintaining your performance



An individual doctor is responsible for collecting his or her supporting information, although trusts must make some of the data 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. 

Last Updated: 1 December 2023