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Clinical Research Fellow in Neurosurgery-Hydrocephalus

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,923 Per annum plus London Weighting
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Applications are invited for the post of Clinical Fellowship in Hydrocephalus Neurosurgery. This is a full-time post based at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), which is part of University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH).

The NHNN is an internationally renowned hospital for clinical practice and world-class clinical research in neurosciences. It is also closely associated with the Institute of Neurology (ION). Together, the NHNN and ION are regarded as the premier neurosciences centre in the UK.

The Victor Horsley Department of Neurosurgeryprovides a comprehensive elective and emergency neurosurgical service for the UCLH Trust, a large area of North Central and West London and its associated hospitals and the local community/GPs. In addition, there are large numbers of National and International referrals to specialist Neurosurgical services.

This post offers a unique opportunity as the successful candidate will be an integral part of the Hydrocephalus surgical team. The post is fixed term for 1 year which is suitable for a post-CCT (or equivalent) neurosurgical trainee who wishes to develop their skills and gain experience of hydrocephalus neurosurgery in a major centre of excellence.

Responsibilities of the post include participation in the neurosurgery clinics, perioperative and post-operative management of Hydrocephalus patients and being an integral member of hydrocephalus multidisciplinary team.

Main duties of the job

There is an expectation that you would have dedicated time for professional supervision and development of trainee/junior doctors within the department, undertake research, publish in peer reviewed journals and present at National & /or International conferences. The post is an ideal stepping-stone for an experienced trainee to gain further experience in complex adult hydrocephalus surgery.

We are committed to providing a supportive learning environment in order to maximise the career potential of the successful candidate.

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 ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals
  • University College Hospital Grafton Way Building
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
  • University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • University College Hospital 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.

We are committed to sustainability and have pledged to become a carbon net zero health service, embedding sustainable practice throughout UCLH. We have set an ambitious target of net zero for our direct emissions by 2031 and indirect emissions by 2040.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the full Person Specification and more information regarding the main responsibilities of this role, please refer to the attached Job Description.

Come and be a part of the best NHS trust in England to work for, according to our staff*

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

*In the most recent NHS staff survey UCLH had the highest percentage of staff who said they would recommend us as a place to work, out of all general acute or acute/community NHS trusts in England for the second year in a row.

UCLH top trust to work at in England for the second year running! : University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Once again, UCLH has received the highest score of all general acute and acute/community NHS trusts in England for staff that would recommend us as a place to work.

Person Specification

Qualifications / Certification


  • oRegistered Medical Practitioner
  • oCompleted general medical training
  • oOn GMC register



  • oClinical Experience in Neurosurgery at SHO level
  • oAn indication of effective research carried out under direction


  • oExperience of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • oExperience in data collection, management, analysis and presentation
  • oInvolvement in the clinical audit process and an understanding of the aims thereof



  • Excellent communication skills/verbal and written
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Good computing skills (database, statistics)
  • Ability and commitment to teach in a clinical and non-clinical setting
  • Good inter-personal skills with an ability to work co-operatively in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload, to delegate responsibility as appropriate and to supervise junior staff
  • Committed to research and a commitment to quality in the research process


  • Ability to administer a teaching programme
  • Excellent presentation and teaching skills
  • Understanding of research methodology
  • Ability to provide clinical supervision



  • oAn awareness of key research issues


  • oKnowledge of the Clinical Governance framework of the NHS (including Research governance) and understanding of current changes in the organisation and management structures of the NHS. Ability to act within these parameters



  • oResourceful and able to act on own initiative
  • oA very high level of consideration and care for patients and research subjects
  • oHigh ethical and professional standards in research, education and clinical practice

Employer details

Employer name

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery

Queen Square



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