Paediatric Neurology Fellowships
There are a limited number of paediatric neurology fellowships available within the UK. Effectively they are in relatively few centres and normally quite specialised in areas such as neuromuscular disorders / epilepsy / movement.
As an example these are available in London, but there are other fellowships available in Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh amongst others.
These would normally be advertised within the British Paediatric Neurology Association bi-monthly newsletter.
These fellowships are normally envisaged for people who are already experienced in the field of paediatric neurology and wishing to undertake a specialist attachment to gain further experience. Some of the applicants will already have completed their paediatric neurology training within the UK, others may have completed the training elsewhere in the world and some people may have only competed part of their training either here or abroad.
If applying from abroad prior to application, you would need to go through the normal route for registration within the UK. The first step in this would be registration with the general medical council and further information is available on their website.
They would normally stipulate that either the trainee comes from an English-speaking county, or if not the trainee would need to pass the relevant English exams prior to registering.
At present no UK centre produces a certificate for a paediatric neurology fellowship, although fellows would normally be supplied with a letter confirming that they have undertaken the Fellowship successfully and summarising the competences they have gained.
Applying to train as a Paediatric Neurologist in the UK
Once a trainee has been registered on the general medical council, provided they are not on the GMC specialty register already and have the required visa/right to remain, they could then apply for a further training post.
Within the UK, trainees undertake a two years’ foundation programme after medical school and then apply for an 8-year run-through training in paediatrics, the initial 5 years covering core paediatric competencies and the final three years would be in a speciality such as neurology.
Foreign graduates who are applying to join our scheme normally decide if they are in the early (mid) 3-5 years or late (above 5 years) training. They would then apply to join the UK-based training programme at a relevant point.
The appointments to paediatric neurology training posts are coordinated centrally and will depend on a candidate’s performance at interview and the location of the vacant training posts in the UK that year. All posts are within large teaching hospital centres.
The appointments are made on a competitive basis; only trainees within the British paediatric training programme are eligible to apply, with a blinded shortlisting process and successful applicants being invited to interview.
Shortlisters are blinded to the name and centre from which the trainee is applying. Interviewees are ranked according to their performance at interview and the RCPCH uses a matching scheme to allocate successful candidates to their preferred centre
Trainees completing paediatric neurology training within the UK can apply for certification of completion of training (CCT),
The British Paediatric Neurology Association have a list of centres that accommodate these at present.
Recognition of ‘overseas’ training in Paediatric neurology in the UK
Individuals who have completed their training outside the UK can apply to the GMC for a certificate of equivalent specialist recognition (CESR) if they can provide clear evidence they have acquired the ALL competencies required for accreditation as a paediatric neurologist in the UK.
Information regarding the application process can be found on the GMC website. The process is extremely rigorous. Some applicants may have done part of their training within the UK.
We are frequently asked about attachments as an observer to a paediatric neurology team- sometimes just to gain exposure, but for some trainees also to gain knowledge of the UK system whilst registering with the GMC prior to applying for a post. Unfortunately, the BPNA is unable to advise on these and recommend applicants contact paediatric neurologists / paediatric neurology associations in their home country, who may have links with a British paediatric neurologist.
The British Paediatric Neurology Association Training (CSAC) Committee