General description of the work Consultant Neurosurgeons undertake

The Consultant Neurosurgeon is a specialist surgeon who operates on the brain and spine. He/She deals with brain and spinal trauma, brain tumours, brain and spinal abcesses, brain haemorrhages, sub–arachnoid haemorrhages, head and neck injuries, as well as spinal nerve problems such as prolapsed inter–vertebral discs and nerve entrapment. He/She also deals with other nerve problems such as acoustic neuromas and traumatic nerve injuries.

Most common clinical areas / procedures leading to a claim of clinical negligence

  • The management of head injuries
  • The diagnosis and management of brain tumours
  • The operative management of prolapsed inter–vertebral discs
  • The management of raised intra– cranial pressure

Sub–Specialities / Alternative and Additional job titles

Some Consultant Neurosurgeons deal mainly with spinal rather than brain problems and are known as Consultant Spinal Surgeons (some Orthopaedic Surgeons may also specialise in spinal surgery and may be known by the same title).

Usual Qualifications

The Consultant Neurosurgeon will be known as Mr rather than Dr and will have FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons) after his name.

Academic Appointments

The Consultant Neurosurgeon may be a Lecturer or Professor in Surgery or Neurosurgery. He/She may be an Examiner for one of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons.