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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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Neurosurgery Induction Training

Neurosurgical induction training is run for phase 1 trainees (Manchester, September), phase 2 trainees (Coventry, December) and phase 3 trainees (Bristol, November).  Attendance at these courses is expected of all numbered trainees at these points in training.


Neurosurgical Theory Courses

The British Neurosurgical Trainees Course (BNTC) and The European Association of Neurological Societies (EANS) course cover the entire Neurosurgery curriculum over four or five courses run on an annual or biannual basis.


Neuroanatomy Courses

Popular neuroanatomy courses are run in a number of institutions including University College London, RCS Edinburgh, RCS England, Cambridge and Leeds.


Research Training Courses

A current good clinical practice certificate is required to participate in clinical research. This online course is available free from NIHR.  Research methods days and courses are run by a large number of institutions including SBNS and RCS England.


Exam Revision Courses

The Barts and Royal London Specialist Fellowship Course in Neurosurgery (contact and The Aberdeen FRCS (Neurosurgery) Viva Course (contact are established courses designed to prepare candidates for the specialty examination in Neurosurgery


Clinical Skills Courses

Other courses frequently undertaken by Neurosurgeons are Advanced Trauma Life Support, Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient, Basic Surgical Skills and Non-Technical Skills for Neurosurgeons. Specialist skills courses teaching specific surgical techniques are also undertaken as required.

Spine Surgery Exam Revision Course  - Tuesday 21 September in Dundee, prior to the SBNS Autumn Meeting

This is not part of the Main SBNS Meeting, but something the hosts are running as an add on.   There are only 20 places available – these will be allocated on a first come first served basis.   

If you would like to attend please email Suzann Murray  with your full name, place of work and the  level you are in your training programme.   You will be notified after the 1 September  if your application has been successful and I will forward payment details.  Once  payment has been received your place will be confirmed.  The course has been sponsored and the orginal fee of £200 has now been reduced to £50!  Download flyer for full detail of the course



Please also visit the dates for your diary page  on the SBNS Website for courses run by other organisations or visit the course section of the BNTA website

Course organisers wishing to have a link to their courses included in the dates for your diary list should  complete the Events Promotion Form and return it to the SBNS office or 

Last Updated: 20 October 2021