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Speciality: Neurology

Programme Description
GMC Reference: NOS/SRT/437

Scotland forms a single unit of application for neurological training, and successful candidates join a five year programme which is coordinated by the four academic centres: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee. New trainees are based at one site through out their training, but have the opportunity to work at other sites upon application. There are over sixty Neurologists in Scotland, serving a population of five million, so there are ample opportunities to obtain clinical experience in managing both the commoner conditions and rarer diseases.

The Neurology curriculum covers fifty one topics, including broad areas such as history taking, major areas such as headache and epilepsy, and allied areas covering sub-specialties such as neurogenetics. Most of the training is clinical, and occurs on wards and in the outpatient setting. Trainees are required to have some experience of neurology in district hospitals. On call arrangements vary throughout Scotland but generally consist of a contribution to the neurology on call rota. All centres provide an opportunity to participate in acute stroke rotas. All centres have a neurosurgical service. Scotland runs a programme of monthly training days which cover the curriculum. Trainees also have the opportunity to go out of programme for up to three years, and may elect to stay in Scotland or go to other centres in the UK.

Training at each of the centres is supervised by a local programme lead (regional Training Programme Director), who will work closely with the successful candidates, local educational supervisors and the National Training Programme Director, to ensure that the curriculum is adequately covered.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

There are ample opportunities for audit and quality improvement projects in all regions. We actively support trainees interested in undertaking out of programme time for research / training and most applications are successful. However, we do require more than six months notice of out of programme applications to ensure that out of programme time does not impact on the quality of training of other trainees. Trainees should plan to go out of programme in August rather than at other times of the year, and discuss any thoughts about applying for research posts as soon as possible with their Educational Supervisors and Local Programme Leads (regional TPDs).


Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow , Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: National
Administration office West of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Alastair McLellan
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr Marion Slater
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval August 2010
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Christine Ferguson
Address: NHS Education for Scotland 2 Central Quay 89 Hydepark Street Glasgow G3 8BW
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Myles Connor
Quality of Training Quality Management

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