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Clinical Neurophysiology

At Wessex Neurological Centre in Southampton you'll be trained in almost the entire range of neurophysiological investigations – EEG, ambulatory EEG, videotelemetry, EMG, single-fibre EMG, CMCT and evoked potentials. And that will be experience in both paediatric and adult cases. 

Image of a female medic looking at test results on a computer screenThere are four neurophysiology consultants who are keen to share their knowledge in an environment that you will find is very supportive of trainees. We encourage trainees to really get involved at the centre – including, for example, presenting cases at MDT meetings. 

You'll learn mostly by observation and supervised practice, supplemented by self-directed reading. Daily case discussions with the consultants are encouraged and throughout your training you'll be expected to put acquired knowledge and training into practice, investigating both outpatients and inpatients. Knowledge and training is assessed continuously by means of Mini-CEX and DOPS.

The training and experience you want can be gained in a variety of ways, depending on your needs. There are opportunities to work as the neurology ward registrar and the hospital neurology liaison registrar. You can also attend any neurology clinics that you feel are of benefit and there is also a weekly neurology teaching session, which neurophysiologists often attend.

There is an excellent and fruitful relationship between the neurophysiologists and the adult and paediatric neurologists.  There is a monthly paediatric EEG meeting and a monthly neonatal EEG meeting with the paediatric neurologists, which fosters sharing of knowledge.

There is also a monthly Wessex-wide neurophysiology training meeting, which rotates around the neurophysiology departments, providing an opportunity for training from consultants beyond  Southampton.

Where we provide training

You'll be mostly based at Wessex Neurological Centre, Southampton General Hospital, but you could be located at other Wessex hospitals – like Poole Hospital for experience of ERGs – if required. 

Other opportunities for trainees

We encourage you to go to Great Ormond Street Hospital, London for further experience of paediatric EMGs and Wessex will be very supportive if wish to gain other relevant experience, such as undertaking a period of research or specialist clinical experience, whether it be with Wessex or elsewhere. Trainees are supernumerary so time is always found for such activities, within the boundaries of what is allowed during the specialty training programme.

What makes Wessex different?

Wessex Neurological Centre is a tertiary referral centre, where you will see not only lots of 'bread and butter' cases but also those that are out of the ordinary too. There are opportunities to learn about intraoperative monitoring during spinal surgery, and we have an active epilepsy surgery programme with fortnightly MDT meetings at which we present the video telemetry. Finally, Health Education Wessex is renowned for its personal development courses.

Is this right for you?

Do you want to apply science to medicine to obtain objective measures and do you have the clinical acumen to interpret those measures in a clinical setting? If the answer is yes and you're keen to learn, have good attention to detail and technical ability, then training with Health Education Wessex is for you. You'll also need good communication and team-working skills.

What to do next

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