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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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SBNS Reports /Publications

Safe Neurosurgery 2000 (1999)

Defines the minimum facilities and requirements for safe neurosurgical practice within the UK and Ireland
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British Neurosurgical Workforce Plan 2000 - 2015 

Predicts neurosurgical workforce requirements up to 2015:
word_icon.gif Download British Neurosurgical Workforce Plan 2000 - 2015

Safe Paediatric Neurosurgery 2001

Defines the minimum facilities and requirements for safe neurosurgical practice within the UK and Ireland
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Saving Lives Is Not Enough? Re-evaluating the UK & Ireland Sub-Arachnoid Haemorrhage National Study (2006): Comparing ‘Treatment -as-Usual’ with an Enhanced Service

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word_icon.gif Download Executive Summary

pdf_icon.gif National Subarachnoid Haemorrhage Audit  - Feb 2006

Data was collected between 14th Sept 2001 and 13th September 2002

Printed copies are available from the SBNS office for £10.00 plus p&p £1.00

Outside Publications


Getting it Right First time - GIRFT 

Cranial Neurosurgery Report - June 2018

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Spinal Surgery Report  - January 2019

Click here to read the announcement 
Click here to read the report online 


Devastating Brain Injury 2017

pdf_icon.gif BJA article 

pdf_icon.gif FICM article

The Surgical Forum January 2016

pdf_icon.gif Choosing Wisely in Surgery 

Neurosurgical commissioning – NHS England 2015



The NHS Confederation 

The UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum 

pdf_icon.gif Life After Brain Injury 2012

Summary of the Manifesto for Acquired Brain Injury Published by The United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum in July  2012 and endorsed by the SBNS

NHS Confederation Clinical responses to the downturn 2010

Seven medical specialties address how they can help tackle the NHS financial challenge
(section 4 referers to Neurosurgery)

Last Updated: 21 February 2020

SBNS Policy Statements/ Guidance

pdf_icon.gif SBNS Advice on Neurosurgery Related Surgical Site Infection June 2019

pdf_icon.gif Standards of Care for Investigation and Management of Cauda Equina Syndrome Dec 2018

The SBNS and  the British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS) has developed a guideline to be used for the management of patients with suspected or confirmed Cauda Equina Syndrome. 

This document has been  circulated to all those involved with the assessment and management of patients with this condition.  The standard provides support for the immediate assessment and imaging (MRI) for such patients and their timely transfer for decompressive surgery.

Low Volume Surgery 

pdf_icon.gif Recommendations for Low Volume Surgery Jan 2018

pdf_icon.gif Recommendations for Low Volume Pituitary Surgery Jan 2018


pdf_icon.gif  SBNS Care Quality Statement - October 2015 -  Standards of care for elective and emergency neurosurgery

pdf_icon.gif  SBNS Wrong Site Surgery Policy - October 2015 - Performing surgical procedures at an incorrect site or incorrect level has always been a major concern for all surgeons, including neurosurgeons. The SBNS has reviewed and updated it's guidance for avoidance of this problem. This updated guidance is listed above, and has been sent to all neurosurgical units and members of the SBNS. This does not represent a standards document, but does provide suggestions regarding steps that can be taken to try to avoid this potentially damaging complication.  

Spinal Taskforce

Improving Spinal Care Project  March 2016
National Backpain Pathway
Regional Spinal Networks
Tool Kit for Spinal Surgery

United Kingdom Spine Societies Board  (UKSSB)
pdf_icon.gif Position Statement on Antibiotics and Low Back Pain August 2013

pdf_icon.gif NHSSpinalReport_vis2_Jan_2013.pdf    

word_icon.gif DH_Spinal_Taskforce_Letter_Sir_B_Keogh_2012.12.21.doc

The above report and letter has been prepared for commissioners of spinal services across England.

It follows the first report published in March 2010 and is an extension of the advice given at that time.

The report has been endorsed by Sir Bruce Keogh, Professor Keith Willett and the Department of

It will be the template for the work of the National Clinical Director for Spinal Disorders.

I am greatly indebted to the Spinal Taskforce team who have put so much into creating this

John Carvell
Chair Spinal Taskforce DH

Research Publications 


pdf_icon.gif  Lancet_Neurology_STASH.pdf

pdf_icon.gif  Editorial_reply STASH.pdf