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We are really keen to encourage all medical students and junior doctors to consider training in paediatric neurology. Trainees tell us it is a warm, welcoming, rewarding and fascinating specialty, working in friendly and approachable teams!  We have been developing lots of resources to encourage you to explore a career in paediatric neurology. Please get in touch, ask questions, come to our events even if you are just starting to consider paediatric neurology as a possible career option.

If you would like to discuss more with BPNA members please otherwise contact your local Recruitment Champion in the tab above or contact the Trainee Chair/Deputy Chair below

Dr Robert Spaull, Chair of Trainees' Special Interest Group -
Dr Tom Smith, Deputy Chair of Trainees' Special Interest Group -
Philip Levine, BPNA Membership Engagement Manager -

"We are all paediatric neurologists..."

Have a look at the stories of some UK Consultant Paediatric Neurologists and a video on Alternative Routes into Paediatric Neurology 

Alternative Routes into Paediatric Neurology - 13 June 2022

Dr Kenneith Yong
Current Neurology GRID trainee, learn how he accidentally found a path into Paediatric Neurology.

Dr Grace Vassallo
Consultant Paediatric Neurologist Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital

Dr Mark Atherton
Recently qualified Consultant Paediatric Neurologist and previous Chair of Trainees' Special Interest Group, Sheffield Children's Hospital. Listen to how Mark got into Paediatric Neurology

Dr Tammy Hedderly
Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Evelina Children's Hospital, London, listen to Dr Hedderly's route into Paediatric Neurology through her interest in psychology.

Professor Manju Kurian
Academic Paediatric Neurologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital & University College London, learn how Professor Kurian manages the balance of her academic and clinical work.

Dr Gary McCullagh
Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Listen to Dr McCullagh journey from Belfast to Manchester and London as part of his Paediatric Neurology training.

Dr Anil Vasudev Israni
Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, learn about his experience of non-UK training in India and the CESR route and what attracted him to work in the NHS, UK.

Quotes from Paediatric Neurology Grid trainees

"Working as a paediatric neurologist allows me a good work life balance" - Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, 2021

"Friendly team - makes it very easy to feel supported in the clinical environment" - Grid trainee, 2021

"Supportive consultants and supportive staff" - Grid trainee, 2021

"I have had the opportunity for flexible working to develop my other interests (football!)" - Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, 2021

"Learning is actively encouraged and the BPNA is a rich source of learning and information. There is ample opportunity to discuss cases among trainees and seek advice on practical aspects of training when needed" - Grid trainee, 2021

"Paeds neurology! - The distance learning programme is great and in addition to the clinical experience means that I feel that I have a grounding"

"Opportunity to finally focus on what interest me the most" - Grid trainee, 2021

"The subject - so interesting and a really broad range of sub specialities" - Grid trainee, 2021

"The network of paediatric neurologists within the UK is fantastic and the learning opportunities are vast" - Grid trainee - 2021


Look forward to meeting you soon!