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Senior Fellow Spinal Surgery

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£33,790 to £53,132 a year Per annum plus London Weighting
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Applications are invited from suitably trained Neurosurgical Specialist Registrars who are interested in further specialist training in Complex Spinal Surgery, based at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, Department of Neurosurgery, London.

The Unit provides a multidisciplinary approach to the clinical problems presented by complex spinal disorders. The appointee would work as a Clinical Fellow (ST7 or Post CCT equivalent) with the Complex Spine Unit.

Applicants should have completed general professional training, hold GMC registration, and have completed neurosurgical or orthopaedic training and/or in the process of completing training. Excellent interpersonal skills, high levels of consideration for patients and a commitment to clinical care are required.

The post is available from February 2024 and will be available up to 12 months, subject to satisfactory progress.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder would have the opportunity to work within a cutting-edge, busy spinal unit, with an interesting case-mix and a high-proportion of cases including Complex Spine reconstructive surgery, primary and metastatic spinal tumours, complex degenerative conditions, surgeries involving the cranio-cervical junction and minimally invasive spine surgery.

Responsibilities of this post will include out-patient clinics, theatres, pre-and post-operative management of spinal patients. The appointee is expected to be involved in research projects during the attachment.

About us

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research.

We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites:
  • University College Hospital (incorporating the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing)
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Royal National Throat,Nose and Ear Hospital
  • Eastman Dental Hospital
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospitals at Westmoreland Street

We are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH specialises in women's health and the treatment of cancer, infection, neurological, gastrointestinal and oral disease. It has world class support services including critical care, imaging, nuclear medicine and pathology.

At UCLH, we have a real 'One Team' ethos, and our values - safety, kindness, teamwork and improving, are central to the way we work. This is supported by our staff, who voted us as the #1 NHS Acute Trust to work for in the whole of England.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information regarding the main responsibilities of the role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Person Specification



  • Eligible for full registration with the GMC at time of appointment and hold a current licence to practise.
  • Evidence of achievement of Foundation competences from a UKFPO affiliated Foundation Programme or equivalent by time of appointment in line with GMC standards/ Good Medical Practice
  • Evidence of achievement of CT/ST6 competences in medicine at time of application (as defined by the curricula relating to Core Medical training) by the commencement of the ST3 training post (August 2012 or later), supported by evidence from work-based assessments of clinical performance (DOPS, Mini-CEX, CBD, ACAT) and Multi-Source Feedback or equivalent, ARCP or equivalent
  • Eligibility to work in the UK
  • Not previously relinquished, released or removed from a training programme in this specialty unless under exceptional circumstances



  • FRCS (Neuro.Surg) or equivalent at the time of application


  • Possession of or ambition to work towards a higher degree

Fitness to Practise


  • Is up to date and fit to practise safely



  • Meets professional health requirements in line with GMC standards / Good Medical Practice

Language Skills


  • All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues demonstrated by one of the following: oThat applicants have undertaken undergraduate medical training in English;
  • or Have achieved the following scores in the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in a single sitting within 24 months at time of application - Overall 7, Speaking 7, Listening 7, Reading 7, Writing 7.
  • If applicants believe they have adequate communication skills but do not fit into one of these examples they must provide supporting evidence

Clinical Experience


  • Evidence of experience in Spinal Neurosurgery


  • Intention to Sub-Specialise in Spinal Neurosurgery

Clinical skills


  • Appropriate knowledge base and ability to apply sound clinical judgement to problems
  • Awareness of the basics of managing neurosurgical pathways
  • Able to demonstrate proficiency in a range of medical procedures as an indication of manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination
  • Evidence of competence in management of medical emergencies and in-patients through continuous work-based assessments, portfolio evidence, including log book documentation if applicable
  • Evidence of competence to work without direct supervision where appropriate
  • Demonstrate current ALS certification or equivalent


  • Demonstrates awareness of the basics of managing neurological disease and managing neurosurgical emergencies
  • Evidence of some competences in the specialty as defined by the relevant curricula
  • Evidence of skills in the management of acute medical emergencies (e.g. ALERT,IMPACT certification)

Academic skills


  • Demonstrates understanding of research, including awareness of ethical issues
  • Demonstrates understanding of the basic principles of audit, clinical risk management, evidence based practice, patient safety and clinical quality improvement initiatives
  • Demonstrates knowledge of evidence-informed practice


  • Demonstrates an understanding of research methodology
  • Evidence of relevant academic & research achievements and involvement in a formal research project
  • Evidence of relevant academic publications
  • Evidence of involvement in an audit project, a quality improvement project, formal research project or other activity
  • Evidence of a portfolio of audit projects including where the audit loop has been closed and there is evidence of learning of the principles of change management
  • Demonstrates an understanding of clinical governance
  • Evidence of exceptional achievement in medicine



  • Evidence of teaching experience and/or training in teaching


  • Evidence of involvement in teaching students, postgraduates and other professionals, with feedback
  • Evidence of participation in a teaching course

Personal skills


  • Demonstrates clarity in written / spoken communication & capacity to adapt language as appropriate to the situation
  • Able to build rapport, listen, persuade & negotiate
  • Capacity to use logical / lateral thinking to solve problems / make decisions, indicating an analytical / scientific approach
  • Capacity to take in others' perspectives and treat others with understanding; sees patients as people
  • Able to work in multi-professional teams & supervise junior medical staff
  • Ability to show leadership, make decisions, organise and motivate other team members for the benefit of patients through, for example, audit and quality improvement projects
  • Capacity to work effectively with others
  • Capacity to manage / prioritise time and information effectively
  • Capacity to prioritise own workload & organise ward rounds
  • Evidence of thoroughness (is well prepared, shows self-discipline / commitment, is punctual and meets deadlines)
  • Capacity to monitor developing situations and anticipate issues
  • Capacity to operate under pressure
  • Demonstrates initiative & resilience to cope with changing circumstances
  • Is able to deliver good clinical care in the face of uncertainty


  • Evidence of involvement in management commensurate with experience
  • Demonstrates an understanding of NHS management and resour
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