Training and development (neurology)

This page provides useful information on the training and development for this specialty and also has tips for people at all stages of their training including medical school.

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The approved postgraduate training programme for neurology is available from the GMC.

You will need to complete core training after your two-year foundation programme. Core training has a choice of two pathways:

Programmes take a minimum of two years to complete and consist of four to six placements in medical specialties which must include direct involvement in the acute medical take. Trainees record their workplace based assessments in an ePortfolio which they continue to use in specialty training.

Applicants for specialty training should also hold the full MRCP (UK). Not all applicants who meet the required standard to continue will necessarily be offered a post due to the level of competition.

Trainees can enter specialty training in neurology at ST3 level. Subsequent neurology training takes a minimum of four years, but the Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC) advises applicants that it needs five years to achieve all the competencies set out in the curriculum.

During your specialty training you must pass the RCP Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) in Neurology. Many people go on to do a research degree in neurology, usually an MD (2 to 3 years) or PhD (3 to 4 years). This may be done between CMT and specialty training or during specialty training.

Some trainees elect to undertake an additional one year training scheme in stroke medicine to achieve sub-specialty recognition. Stroke medicine is a sub-specialty training programme open to neurology, geriatric medicine, acute medicine, rehabilitation medicine and clinical pharmacology trainees. Trainees should express an interest in stroke training before their final year so that the first year of stroke training can be integrated into their main specialty training. A second year of advanced stroke medicine training is required to reach the level required of consultants. Entry to stroke training is by competitive interview.

Some neurology trainees also elect to undertake dual training in neurology and neurophysiology or another specialty. They are advised to apply for an advertised dual training programme before enrolment at ST3.

Detailed entry requirements and all essential and desirable criteria are listed in the person specification 2017 for neurology ST3.

All 2017 person specifications can be found on the NHS specialty training website. Please note that these documents are updated every year in the autumn before the recruitment round opens.

This information is correct at the time of writing. Full and accurate details of training pathways are available from medical royal colleges, local education and training boards (LETBs) or the GMC.

Getting in tips

It is important to develop your practical skills and interest in neurology as early as you can. This will also give you valuable experience to add to your CV.

Whether you're a medical student, foundation trainee or doing your core specialty training, there's information below to help you.

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