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GUIDELINES  (Some of which have been endorsed by the SBNS)


Expert Witness Guidelines - August 2019 

pdf_icon.gif Standards Expected of an Expert Spinal Surgeon Witness in Cases of Clinical Negligence


Management of Patients with Gas Embolism  (Produced by the Intensive Care Society) - Sept 2018

pdf_icon.gif Guideline for Managing Gas Embolism

 Guidance For Intensive Care and and Resuscitation Teams

UK Guidelines for diagnosis, referral and management in primary and secondary care - July 2018

webpage_icon.gif National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke  October 2016   

The fifth edition of the National Clinical Guideline for Stroke was published in October 2016. It was prepared by the Royal College of Physicians Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party chaired by Professor Tony Rudd. This working party also oversees the National Audit Programme for Stroke. The 2016 edition of the guideline has been accredited by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

webpage_icon.gif Stroke: National Clinical Guideline for Diagnosis and Initial Management of Acute Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA).
webpage_icon.gif National Collaborating Centre for Chronic Conditions (UK).

London: Royal College of Physicians (UK); 2008. 
webpage_icon.gif National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence: Guidance

This guideline covers interventions in the acute stage of a stroke (acute stroke) or TIA. Most of the evidence considered relates to interventions in the first 48 hours after onset of symptoms, although some interventions of up to 2 weeks are covered as well. The guideline is a stand-alone document, but is designed to be read alongside the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party guideline, which incorporates all the recommendations made in this guideline. 


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in Adults 2018

pdf_icon.gif  Complex Regional Painsyndrome in Adults 


Concussion - June 2015

pdf_icon.gif Concussion Guidelines for the Education Sector 


Management of cardiac arrest during neurosurgery in adults - March 2015
pdf_icon.gif Guidelines for Healthcare Providers


webpage_icon.gif Complex regional pain syndrome guidelines 
Launched in June 2012 on the RCP website and endorsed by the SBNS


Last Updated: 20 October 2021



Legal Aspects of Medical Manslaughter  May 2018
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General Surgery of Childhood  April 2018
Working together to improve the local delivery of the General Surgery of Childhood


pdf_icon.gif  Lower Back Pain - June 2017 

National Back and Radicular Pain Pathway - June 2017


Surgical Forum of Great Britain and Ireland held on the 25th January 2016
pdf_icon.gif Choosing Wisely in Surgery

Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness 

 You can download the guidelines and associated material free from the RCP website:



Spinal Cord Stimulator for Pain

webpage_icon.gif Surgeon's Information
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webpage_icon.gif The initial care and transfer of patients with spinal cord injuries


Published by British Journal of Anaesthesia, 2015