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Clinical neurophysiology

Clinical neurophysiologists (CN) are doctors who investigate and diagnose disorders of the nervous system such as neuromuscular disease, nerve entrapments, epilepsy and ophthalmic disease.

Training and qualifications required

Training usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine. You’ll then complete two years of foundation training and two years of core training (CT1-CT2), followed by four years of specialty training (ST3-ST6). This period of training will include your royal college exams. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.

Expected working hours and salary range

Doctors may work up to 48 hours a week. The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings. On call possible. Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between£76,761 and £103,490.

Desirable skills and values

You’ll need good communication and reporting skills and will need to work well in a team. You’ll also be able to lead and manage technical staff, and interview and examine patients. You’ll be able to develop a plan for investigating and managing neurological conditions and have a knowledge of performing core and specialist techniques, such as EEG interpretation, nerve conduction studies and electromyography.


There are 108 consultants in clinical neurophysiology in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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