Department of Spinal Surgery (Orthopaedic & Neurological spinal surgery),Swansea Bay University Healthboard, South Wales

The Spinal Unit and Trauma and Orthopaedic Department is based at Morriston Hospital.  It consists of a 98-bedded Unit including a ring fenced clean ward for elective work. A separate unspecialised spinal unit in Neath Port Talbot is also being established.

6 Consultant Spinal Surgeons

Mr N Verghese, Clinical Lead Spinal Surgery

Mr R Kett-White, Consultant Neurosurgeon

Miss I Collins, Consultant Spinal Surgeon

Mr B Boreham, Consultant Spinal Surgeon

Mr. Sivasamy, Associate Specialist Neurosurgery

Mr. Michael O’Malley, Consultant Spinal Surgeon

The team comprises of 1 senior clinical fellow (this post), 1 research MOSS fellow, 1 HST, 1 SHO, 5 spinal nurse practitioners, 2 Physician associates and 1 spinal surgical care practitioner attached to the spinal unit. There are a further 8 higher surgical trainees, 4 Senior Clinical Fellows, 2 FP2’s, 3 existing Clinical Fellows and 6 Deanery trainees attached to the Trauma and Orthopaedic department. The on call Trauma and Orthopaedic tiers cover unscheduled/ emergency spinal referrals and admissions. The senior spinal fellow does not participate in the Trauma and Orthopaedic on call rota.  If required, spinal admissions are referred onwards to the on call spinal surgical consultant.

The Spinal Service in Morriston Hospital cover all aspects of elective adult spinal surgery for the treatment of degenerative conditions and adult deformity. The unit also manages spinal trauma, tumour (intradural and MSCC) and infection. A wide range of open and contemporary minimally invasive procedures are performed from occiput to sacrum via posterior, lateral and anterior approaches. The unit has commissioned the first Spinal 3D navigation system in South Wales and one of only a few within the NHS. The successful candidate will therefore have excellent exposure to a wide range of spinal pathology, management strategies and surgical procedures/ techniques. 

The senior clinical fellow will be trained appropriate to their level of experience but it is expected that the fellow will be at an ST3+ equivalent level. The fellowship would be appropriate for peri-CCT trainees in the final 1-2 years of training prior to Consultant appointment.

As the senior clinical fellow you will be expected to contribute significantly to the running of the department including leading the daily spinal ward round attended by the Spinal nurse practitioners, Physician Associates and junior doctors. You will also be expected to participate in the research projects led by the MOSS fellow and lead on audit projects of the department.

You will have daily theatre access and therefore achieve unparalleled operative experience. The department is unique in that it has full integration of orthopaedic spinal fellowship and neurosurgically trained consultants working together hence with a variety of skill sets