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British Neurosurgical Trainees Association (BNTA)

BNTA-logo.jpgThe British Neurosurgical Trainees Association (BNTA) represents the opinions of all trainees in Neurosurgery. It meets every 6 months during the biannual Society of British Neurosurgery meeting.

Details of these meetings can be found on either the SBNS or BNTA websites.

The meetings are an opportunity to meet other trainees from around the UK and to provide a forum for discussion of any issues relevant to training that are raised. You can see the minutes from previous meetings on the BNTA website.

Outside of formal meetings, the BNTA communicates through an email list. Trainees are kept up to date with forthcoming training events, and the email group is a forum for discussion of ideas. If you want to join the group, please follow the links on the website. You must be a neurosurgical trainee and be invited by the moderator to join.

The BNTA committee provides representatives to a number of organsations, including ASiT, the neruosurgical SAC and the SBNS council. These positions are elected from within the BNTA and are voices of the trainee community. You can find out more about all these other roles from the website.

The SR club meets twice a year and details are publicised by email and on the website. The website also carries uptodate information on courses and fellowships, including the Codman BNTA neurosurgical fellowships.

For more information check out the British Neurosurgical Trainees Association website

Download the application form for the British Neurosurgical Trainees for the EANS Trainees Course 

Mr Ashan Jayasekera 
Chair BNTA 
April 2018-2020

British Neurosurgical Trainee Research Collaborative (BNTRC) 

Who are we?

The British Neurosurgical Trainee Research Collaborative is an initiative of the BNTA which is supported by the SBNS, the UK Neurosurgical Research Network and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

 pdf_icon.gif BNTRC Constitution  February 2015


What are our aims?

We aim to undertake high-quality neurosurgical research and in turn, help to ensure improved care and outcome for neurosurgical patients.

Who can join?

The BNTRC is open to all trainees/junior staff interested in undertaking high-quality neurosurgical research.

What are the benefits?

- Develop links with a research active network of neurosurgical trainees and consultants

- Become involved with large multi-centre research studies

- Participate in worthwhile research projects regardless of whether you undertake out of programme research or not

- Ensure you get the numbers you need for your study 



The Brain School Organizing Committee would like to invite you to our monthly neurosurgery seminars held at the Royal College of Surgeons England on the last Wednesday of every month.

Our consultant-led lectures are aimed at neurosurgical trainees, junior doctors and medical students with an interest in neurosurgery and are free of charge. All welcome.  

To receive a reminder about our upcoming events, please subscribe to our mailing list here:

Twitter: @BrainSchool101 

Last Updated: 28 February 2020

Neurology and Neurosurgery Student Interest Group (NANSIG

The Neurology and Neurosurgery Student Interest Group (NANSIG) is a UK-based organisation for medical students and junior doctors.

NANSIG   is the first society of its kind in the UK and  aims to provide members with an opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding in the fields of Neurology and Neurosurgery.

This prestigious society could be the perfect platform to kick start your medical career, as we work alongside universities and other institutions to provide up to date careers and admissions information.  If you wish to become a member please visit the NANSIG webstie

We also examine and evaluate the most current research in the field of Neuroscience, enabling our members to critically consider new scientific theories and innovative therapies.

NANSIG is affliated with the SBNS  have teamed up to  and host an annual Career day for budding Neurosurgeons  for the past 8 years!  The 9th annual Careers Day will be on the 18th January 2020 in Brimingham. To find out more visit

or the NANSIG conference page on this SBNS Website 

NANSIG/SBNS Neurosurgical Skills Workshop - Sheffield 2019 

The National Neurology and Neurosurgery Interest Group (NANSIG), with endorsement from the SBNS and accreditation from RCS, ran its fourth Introduction to Neurosurgical Skills Workshop at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield. 10 delegates from around the UK were successful in a competitive applications process for the workshop. They enjoyed the use of consumables to a value in excess of £1000, paying only £250 for the workshop thanks to the generous support of sponsors Aesculap Academia and Delta Surgical.

Each pair of delegates was taught by a neurosurgical registrar, and proceedings were overseen by course lead, Mr Saurabh Sinha. Workshop lead for NANSIG, Melissa Gough, oversaw the organisation and logistics behind the event. Feedback from delegates was overwhelmingly positive and all stated that they felt more confident in attending/assisting in theatre. All delegates responded that they would recommend the course to a colleague.

NANSIG plans to host another workshop in 2020 (date and venue TBC