Key Contacts

Training Programme Director for Neurology – Dr Luke Benetto – based at North Bristol NHS Trust

Head of School of Medicine: Dr Ananthakrishnan Raghuram

Associate Dean for Medicine: Dr Geoff Wright

Education programme Manager: Joanne Pickstone / Louise Peckham

Education programme coordinator: Faye Price

Health Education South West Severn supervises all postgraduate medical specialist training in the region.

Information about the Specialty

This excellent programme consists of a 5 year ST3-ST7 training programme in neurology based around Bristol, Bath, Gloucester and Taunton. It is a great place to live, train and work. 

It is expected that all trainees will spend at least 2 years based at the regional neurosciences centre in Southmead Hospital (part of North Bristol NHS Trust) and 2 years at other centres in the rotation (Gloucester, Taunton and Bath). Out of hours work is currently done at Southmead hospital, and as non-resident on-call. 

The programme offers very good opportunities for training in neurology with supervised exposure to general outpatient, inpatient and liaison neurology, stroke medicine and emergency on-call neurology. 

There are excellent opportunities for further sub-specialist training and research. 

Training Opportunities in Southwest – Severn

Regional Neurosciences Unit  

The neurology department has an active research and academic unit. Within neurology there are specialist clinics with interests in: 

  • Epilepsy 
  • Epilepsy Surgery 
  • Huntington’s Disease 
  • Multiple Sclerosis 
  • Motor Neurone Disease 
  • Movement Disorders 
  • Neuro-Inflammatory Disease 
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology 
  • Surgical Treatment of Movement Disorders 

These areas of expertise offer further opportunity for training and research at Southmead Hospital. The regional neurosciences centre has a Directorate of Neuroscience and a Neuroscience Institute.
At Southmead Hospital there are departments of: 

  • Clinical Neurophysiology 
  • Neurology 
  • Neuropathology 
  • Neuropsychiatry 
  • Neuropsychology 
  • Neuroradiology 
  • Neurosurgery 
  • Paediatric Neurology is based in the Bristol Royal Infirmary
  • The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit on the Frenchay site. 

The Training Hospitals 

Bristol Royal Infirmary

Southmead Hospital

Musgrove Park Hospital

Gloucester Royal Hospital

Royal United Hospital

Annual Assessment Information

Trainees will be assessed annually via a panel.

Related sites

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