The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), Queen Square, is the UK’s largest dedicated neurological and neurosurgical hospital. We provide comprehensive services for the diagnosis, treatment and care of all conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nervous system and muscles. Together with our neighbour, the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, we are a major international centre for research and training in Neurosciences. The Hospital is part of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH).
Our Anaesthetic Department is Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA) accredited, and is responsible for the provision of anaesthetic services within six newly refurbished operating theatres, interventional neuroradiology and the interventional MRI operating suite. Alongside our elective workload we offer a 24-hour emergency care service and a seven-day mechanical thrombectomy service to treat acute stroke.
Our neuroanaesthesia fellowship programme offers successful candidates an unrivalled opportunity to train in all aspects of peri-operative care for patients undergoing neurosurgery. As both a tertiary and international centre, we offer knowledge, skills and experience in the complete range of subspecialties within neurosurgery including neuro-oncology (including awake and asleep craniotomies), pituitary, posterior fossa and skull base surgery, neurovascular surgery and functional neurosurgery. We also provide perioperative care for complex spinal surgery and interventional radiological procedures. Fellows are also able to gain experience in pre-operative assessment, pain management and tracheostomy care.
Our fellowship training is tailored to the RCoA special interest training in anaesthesia for neurosurgery curriculum (2021). In addition, we are currently the only UK centre offering the opportunity to complete a peri-operative neuroscience fellowship accredited by the International Council for Perioperative Neuroscience Training (ICPNT). Our programme is flexible and designed to meet individual learning outcomes. Intra-operative monitoring is used regularly, fellows attend neurosurgical multi-disciplinary team meetings and we encourage our fellows to also complete a 3-month neurocritical care training block.
The neuroanaesthesia fellowship programme is supported by dedicated weekly consultant led teaching and journal club as well as a monthly guest teaching programme delivered by expert speakers within their field, regular mortality and morbidity meetings, and Quality and Safety governance meetings. As a department we are proactively engaged in the quality improvement projects and patient safety initiatives as well as teaching, management and research. There is an opportunity to undertake projects and initiatives that enhance your curriculum vitae within these areas. Finally we are proud that we actively promote equality, diversity and inclusion and have an established proactive wellbeing programme within the department to support you.
This fellowship programme is aimed at anaesthetists wishing to pursue a career in neuroanaesthesia. To be eligible for our Fellowship programme, we invite applicants who have completed their specialty training or are post-FRCA.