Workforce, training and education
East Midlands


If Neurosurgery is your passion, the East Midlands is the perfect place to train. Offering a well established training programme, an excellent exam record and a well developed neurosurgical simulation programme you'll benefit from a high quality scheme delivered by national experts.

In addition, as your training is all centred in one location it means you benefit from a stable family and social life. You won't face a long commute or the prospect of moving house, giving you an unrivalled work/life balance in one of the country's most vibrant regions.

Keep reading to learn more about Neurosurgery training in the East Midlands.

Neurosurgery training in the East Midlands gives you great experience at some of the UK's leading facilities

The East Midlands is one of the leading neurology and neurosurgery centres in the UK. Your training is based at the hospitals and facilities in Nottingham which mean you're based in a nationally renowned centre supported by one of the UK's top 25 universities.

As well as learning all the aspects of neurosurgical training  required for the FRCS (Neurosurg)  and CCT you'll also have opportunities to gain additional experience in functional neurosurgery, paediatric neurosurgery and complex spinal surgery in the adjacent Spinal Unit.

Proximity and links to the University of Nottingham make it possible for you to engage in research in allied fields such as Academic Radiology or to gain experience in the thriving Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre.

Unlike many other regions that offer a brief period of paediatric training, you'll also benefit from on-call experience  in adult and paediatric neurosurgery throughout your training time. The East Midlands also boasts a well developed neurosurgical simulation programme – the increasingly widely used “Rowena” head was developed in Nottingham - and you'll have the opportunity to join courses and training sessions using Rowena.

This high quality training also means you will develop the right skills and knowledge for your future career. The region has an excellent exam record and almost all trainees pass at their first sitting.

The East Midlands is affordable, convenient and full of world-class activities

When you train in Neurosurgery in the East Midlands you'll develop your career in some of the leading facilities in the country. With all your training based in one city you'll also benefit from a great work/life balance without the need to move home or commute long distances.

Nottingham is one of the UK's top ten cities and home to over 61,000 students. HSBC found that it was the second cheapest city in the UK to live as a student and house prices are 44% lower than the South East and 62% lower than London. in 2015 the Sunday Times named the city as one of the top 50 urban locations to live in the UK.

London is just 91 minutes away by train while the local East Midlands airport serves over 90 destinations including Paris, New York, Rome and Amsterdam. In addition, the local road network means that you can be in Birmingham, Leicester, Sheffield, Manchester or Leeds in under two hours.

"Forever associated with Robin Hood, a sheriff and green tights...Nottingham is a dynamic county capital with big-city aspirations, fascinating historical sights and a buzzing music and club scene..." - Lonely Planet

If you add in world-class concert venues, Sherwood Forest, the world's oldest football club, the National Videogame Arcade, a castle, Test cricket and the National Watersports Centre, there is something in the city for everyone.

For more information about Neurosurgery training in the East Midlands speak to our Training Programme Director:

Mr Simon Howarth