Spinal Fellowship Job at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust – in Nottingham

Job Description

Job overview

The Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery (CSSS) is pleased to advertise for new fellowship opportunities in spinal surgery. The CSSS runs a two year fellowship programme best suited for orthopaedic or neurosurgical specialists who have recently completed their basic specialist training and are keen to advance their subspecialist knowledge and surgical skill in spinal surgery.

The fellowship structure is divided into two tiers, A and B fellowship. The B fellowship is an entry level, one year spinal fellowship with focus on research, emergency case management, complex clinics and assisting in complex spinal procedures. The A Fellowship is a one year, advanced surgical fellowship with significant focus on complex clinics and surgical exposure. The A fellowship has additional approval from the RCS of England and fellows who successfully complete it will get certificates from both the CSSS and the Royal College of Surgeons. Entry to the A fellowship from the B fellowship is based on satisfactory appraisal (6 monthly) and academic achievement.

For non-UK applicants, having the required IELTS scores for GMC registration is advantageous.

Main duties of the job


Regular clinical duties include early ward round, daily board round and daily MDT where all acute admissions and operations over the preceding 24 hours are presented and discussed. After full training both Fellow As and Bs are expected to perform independent spinal injection lists. You will be attending and managing spinal patients in the spinal outpatient clinics under the supervision of the consultant. Both Fellow As and Bs will be expected to attend two whole day elective operating lists a week. In addition they are also expected to help the associate consultants in the emergency spinal theatres and clinics. The post holders will also be expected to help out with ward duties. These duties involve the reception, assessment and treatment of acute admissions under the direction of the consultants as required. The successful candidate will be expected to take part in an on-call rota.

Working for our organisation

The CSSS is based within Queens Medical Centre of Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust. NUH is a large university hospital trust, the regional Major Trauma Centre, and is a tertiary referral unit for all aspects of complex spinal pathology. The CSSS is a recognised AOSpine Training Centre and is the only spinal unit in the UK with 6 Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) approved and certified advanced fellowship posts. The team covers all aspects of spinal surgery with special emphasis on deformity (paediatric and adult), in addition to a busy spinal trauma and tumour practice. We are a very friendly department with close collaboration between the consultants and colleagues from other disciplines.

Within the CSSS, we have a research team with a trials coordinator, data entry clerks and research nursing staff. The unit runs a number of commercial and non-commercial studies in addition to a project-bank with support from the senior staff. Fellows are expected to complete at least one project culminating into a publication per year. We are in negotiations with the university, for interested fellows, to host a higher research degree (DM/PhD). Journal club meetings, research meetings and formal teaching seminars are common practice within the unit and run on a programmed basis.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

This role additionally provides:

The research sessions will be supervised by the individual consultants in accordance with their areas of interest. Most research is clinically focused; however there is considerable scope for the development of basic science research and cooperation with biomechanical institutions. Every encouragement will be given to submit for a higher degree. The post-holder is expected to present work at national and international meetings and to have at least one paper accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal at the completion of each year. They are also expected to actively participate in the mandatory and service evaluation and improvement audits.


Fellows are expected to participate regularly in teaching the CT1 and FY2s on the ward, as well as medical students. They are expected to actively participate in journal clubs and present topics in the department’s academic meeting.

Person specification


Essential criteria

Recognised Orthopaedic / Neurosurgical Specialist Exit exam

Desirable criteria

Membership of recognised professional national / international spinal Societies / Associations


Essential criteria

Clinical and surgical exposure demonstrating a commitment to spinal surgery.

Evidence of audit/research activity: Minimum of 1 presentation and 1 publication related to spine in peer reviewed meetings and journals

Desirable criteria

A previous one year fellowship in spinal surgery is desirable

Clear academic interest with multiple spinal presentations and publications


Essential criteria

Familiarity With PACS and other IT related health software.

Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Desirable criteria

Advance IT training/ certificate

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Company: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust –

Company Location:  Nottingham

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