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This is an opportunity for a senior fellow in Neurology to gain specialist experience working alongside our neurology colleagues within the epilepsy and neuro-immunology service.
The epilepsy service at UHB is nationally renowned in providing care, support and information for people with epilepsy, both newly diagnosed and long-standing. Patients from across the midlands are referred to the service, which includes a complex epilepsy pathway, neuropsychiatry and neuropsychology services and a pre-conception counselling service for women of childbearing age with epilepsy.
The service spans the age spectrum, including those transitioning from paediatric mainstream and learning disability services and a growing elderly population. It includes specialist brain injury, neuro-oncology, neuro-immunology and neurorehabilitation services.
The neuro-immunology service is supra-regional provides specialist clinics and expertise in various disorders including autoimmune encephalitis, stiff person syndrome, myasthenia, guillain barre syndrome, susac’s syndrome, CNS vasculitis, neurosarcoidosis and several other peripheral andcentral neuroimmunological conditions.
There is a nationally accredited neuroimmunology diagnostic laboratory service run at the Medical School, University of Birmingham situated in the adjacent building to the hospital.
This post is suitable for a senior neurology trainee or a recently appointed consultant who wishes to develop his/her experience in the field of epilepsy and/or neuroimmunology. The post-holder may be able to tailor the fellowship as per his/her training requirements (for eg: neuroradiology, neurophysiology etc), provided this aligns with the departmental objectives and research themes.
The Fellow will play a key role in the epilepsy/neuroimmunology team, with involvement in outpatient clinics, the complex epilepsy and neuro-oncology multidisciplinary teams and the neuroimmunology research team.
The fellowship provides the opportunity to gain core skills in the interpretation of EEG, working with our neurophysiology colleagues and the video telemetry unit. The fellow will have the opportunity to work alongside the neuroimmunology laboratories to gain expertise in diagnostic neuroimmunology as well as undertake projects within the laboratory.
The post is provided usually for a period of 12 months, but in exceptional circumstances this may be offered for a period between 6 and 12 months, if desired by the trainee. This has to be agreed in advance, to aid future recruitment.
The fellow may be expected to perform limited on-call duties during normal working hours.
The Neurology service at UHB provides sub-specialist services in MS, Movement Disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Neuromuscular Diseases, Neuroimmunology, Epilepsy and Headache. There is joint working across neurosurgery, trauma, Stroke, Neurophysiology, Neuroradiology and Psychiatry. The Neurology team consists of over 20 WTE consultants who are well supported by Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists. The speciality delivers outpatient based activity which does include some procedure based activity that takes place in the outpatients setting, for example, Botox injections. Neurology has 18 inpatient beds on ward 411 that are used to provide a regional tertiary service as well as local provision. The elective inpatient element delivered by Neurology consists of various procedures carried out in various locations within the Trust for example: Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) and MS disease modifying therapy delivered on a dedicated day case unit, muscle biopsy delivered in Wellcome theatres, and a variety of procedures via Ambulatory Care Beds.
We would also be happy to consider appointments on a less than whole time equivalent basis.
Further details may be obtained from:
Dr Saiju Jacob Clinical Service Lead for Neurology and Neuroimmunologist, UHB
Email: ( Email address removed )
Dr Shanika Samarasekera, Consultant Neurologist and Epileptologist
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Please submit an online application, ensuring you attach a copy of your CV.
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