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Neurosciences

We are one of the top regional Neurosciences centres in the UK. We provide a comprehensive range of specialist care in Neurosurgery, Neurology, Neuroradiology including radiology interventional services and Neurophysiology.

We care for all types of neurological conditions involving the brain and nervous system and are based within the RVI in Newcastle city centre.

Research partnership

There are long-standing strong collaborations between Neurosciences and Newcastle University enabling research in a variety of areas, including the mitochondrial disease service which is one of only three centres in the country. We also manage the CRESTA clinics, a flagship development of the Trust working in partnership with Newcastle University.

The strong research base in Newcastle means that patients attending the Neurosciences Department receive the most modern therapies, and for our staff this provides a foundation for the next generation of exciting developments, clinically-relevant ideas and fantastic training opportunities.


Our wards

Our wards are based at the RVI in Newcastle, and include:

  • Ward 15 Neurosurgery has 30 beds specialising in head injury and complex Neurosurgical procedures including: cranial and spinal surgery, brain tumours, cerebral spinal flow disorders, deep brain stimulation surgery and intracranial monitoring. We also care for patients with multiple traumas as part of the Trust's Major Trauma Unit.
  • Ward 16 Neurosurgery has 31 beds specialising in head injury and complex Neurosurgical procedures including: cranial and spinal surgery, brain tumours, cerebral spinal flow disorders, deep brain stimulation surgery and intracranial monitoring. We also care for patients with multiple traumas as part of the Trusts major trauma unit. 
  • Ward 17 Neurosciences has12 beds catering for day of surgery arrival patients, day case surgery and Neuroradiology investigations and treatments as well as Neurosurgical reviews. The ward also cares for Neurology patients undergoing treatments and assessments.
  • Neurosciences Short Stay Unit is a nurse-led unit open Monday to Friday consisting of 10 single rooms for Neurosurgical patients undergoing elective surgery. The unit caters for Neurology patients undergoing treatments, as well as diagnostic procedures such as lumbar punctures. The unit also has a video telemetry room to monitor patients experiencing seizures.
  • Ward 43 Neurology has 21 beds caring for patients with a wide range of Neurological conditions, including: Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Mitochondrial Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, and encephalitis. The ward has a dedicated video telemetry room to monitor patients experiencing seizures.
  • Neuroradiology is made up of a nursing team caring for patients undergoing complex interventional procedures such as: embolization, aneurysm coiling, thrombectomies and recovery following general anaesthetic.

Working here

Shift patterns

We operate a varying shift pattern that includes a combination of long and short shifts. All staff on the inpatient wards undertake internal shift rotation.

Staff groups

We have a range of staff working in our departments, including: Matron, Sister/Charge Nurse, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Specialists, Clinical Educator, Staff Nurses, Assistant practitioners, Healthcare Assistants, Ward Clerks and Housekeepers.

Staff training  

We provide a preceptorship package that gives staff excellent structured preceptorship supported within supernumerary practice:

  • Regular study and learning opportunities working with Clinical Educators in the clinical area.
  • Opportunities for bespoke training sessions from medical colleagues and other professions allied to medicine to increase knowledge of the range of clinical care delivered within the Directorate.
  • Individualised personal development plans supported by the Clinical Educator and line manager.
  • Student mentorship as both hub and spoke learning environments.
  • Friendly and supportive workplace (clinical supervision in operation).
  • Access to affiliated university courses and in-house study days.

More information

For more information about working in Neurosciences, please contact:

You can get more information about our Neurosciences Service.

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