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Over recent years the Neuroscience Group has developed significantly and now looks after a population of well over 1m. Whilst all in-patients are located at UHCW, there are outreach clinics in district general hospitals in Warwickshire and Worcestershire. The group consists of the following departments:

• Neurology with sub specialities such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson Disease, Epilepsy and Headaches

• Neurosurgery with subspecialties including oncology, neurovascular, skull base, spine, trauma [UHCW is one of the busiest Major Trauma Centres in the UK]

• Stroke [HASU and ASU providing hyperacute and acute stroke care including thrombolysis for the whole county]

• Neuro Rehabilitation providing support to neurology, neurosurgery and the Major Trauma Centre

• Clinical Neurophysiology providing all modern neurophysiological investigations including video telemetry

Neurosciences is supported by diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology and neuropsychology.

Neuroscience inpatients are on 3 adjacent wards with a total of over 100 beds with an additional day-case-unit. There are 8 consultant neurosurgeons, 10 consultant neurologists, 4 consultants in neuro-rehabilitation and 3 consultant clinical neurophysiologists. We are in the process of recruiting a team of stroke physicians and stroke middle grades and junior doctors to prepare for the redesigned Coventry & Warwickshire stroke pathway. All specialties run a consultant of the week system supported by training [West Midlands Deanery] and non-training middle grade doctors. A team of specialist nurses provides support for patients with MS, epilepsy, movement disorders, complex headaches, neuro-oncological conditions and neurovascular disorders.

We are a closely knit community with good working relationships across all specialties. There is an active teaching/academic programme and a robust governance process with department specific and joint QIPS meetings throughout the year.

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