Health Education England, working across the East of England: Neurology


Neurology in the East of England offers high quality neurology specialist training and research opportunities. Our programme is one of the most sought after in the country, providing trainees with a wide range of training experiences and support.

Trainees receive high quality clinical training, spending approximately half their time between Addenbrookes hospital (Cambridge) and Queen Square National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (London). The other half is spent in neuroscience specialist centres at either the Queen Elizabeth hospital (Romford) or the Norfolk and Norwich University hospital (Norwich). In addition, there are opportunities during research periods to spend time in clinic at other District General Hospitals in the region.

The East of England neurology rotation has outstanding educational support with an approachable and helpful Training Programme Director. Training rotations are organised years in advance to help plan where to live and travel assistance is available to outlying hospitals. There is a weekly teaching and academic meeting at Addenbrookes hospital in addition to monthly registrar training days designed to cover the entire neurology curriculum. To help support registrars through their training we have a peer mentoring scheme in which senior registrars (ST 6/7) mentor junior registrars (ST 3-5), and we hold a monthly debriefs to air difficulties and training issues as part of the SpR training days.

The training programme is particularly good for registrars interested in a research career. There are excellent links with the University of Cambridge, particularly the Department of Clinical Neurosciences. This provides trainees with the opportunity to complete a PhD, or for post-doctoral research. There is active support from the University department to help those interested in a long-term research career, for example when applying for fellowship grants.

There are opportunities for flexible training within the East of England with a long tradition of supporting those who wish to work part-time for lifestyle or research reasons. These can be discussed with the Training Programme Director.

Training Programme
  • The training programme meets the curriculum set out by the JRCPTB
  • Monthly SpR training days cover the Neurology curriculum over a period of 3 years
Essential Qualifications for Entry
Further Advice

Dr Rhys Roberts

Training Programme Director.

For general enquiries 


Dr Alasdair Coles 

Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist.

Enquiries regarding specific posts and research opportunities. 


Dr Fraz Mir 

Head of School of Medicine 

Health Education England, working across the East of England

Joseph Crowe School of Medicine Administrator Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  
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NEUROLOGY FROM A TRAINEE PERSPECTIVE by Dr David Breen (Trainee Representative)

Introduction to specialty from a trainee perspective


Welcome to the East of England neurology training programme.

You will train in two of the best neurology units in the country (Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London), rotating through subspecialty ‘firms’ in four month blocks to gain the knowledge and skills that you need. This will include time in movement disorders, epilepsy, neuromuscular, cognitive, stroke, neurointensive care and headache). Approximately half of your training will be spend working in the neurology units at Romford or Norwich.

You will be part of the stroke thrombolysis rota in most of your posts and will receive formal training for this. You will play a key role in medical student teaching (bedside teaching and tutorials). You will attend monthly Calman teaching days and other SpR teaching sessions. You will be given a named education supervisor for each post who will meet you regularly to discuss your educational objectives.

Most neurology SpRs undertake formal research training, normally a PhD.

Trainees are encouraged to attend educational meetings (such as the Association of British Neurologists Annual Meeting) and educational courses.


Useful contacts

Chair of Specialty Training Committee: Professor Alasdair Coles

Training Programme Director: Dr Rhys Roberts

SpR representative: Dr Ed Needham



JRCPTB 2010 curriculum:


ARCP 2010 Decision Aid:



The Neurology E-portfolio requires trainees to fulfil generic as well as neurology-specific competencies by carrying out Structured Learning Events (SLEs). Trainees must complete two audits (or one audit and one quality improvement project) during their training programme.


Prior to becoming consultant, trainees must pass the MRCP (Neurology) examination which is held once per year. The examination involves two online multiple choice examinations based on the neurology curriculum.


Reading List

Association of British Neurologists Trainees:​


MRCP (Neurology) examination:


Cambridge Neuroscience (wider Cambridge research network):



Calman training days take place at Addenbrooke’s Hospital eight times per year. This is dedicated teaching (organised by a named consultant) which includes expert external speakers.


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