Sheffield workshop gives focus on brain healthcare

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Neurology and Neurosurgery Interest Group (NANSIG), the student hand of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS) held their third national “Introduction to Neurosurgical Skills Workshop” hosted at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield on June 20.

The workshop was organised by the NANSIG Workshop Lead, Dillon Vyas and the NANSIG Neurosurgery Vice-chair, Dr Matthew Sanders and the lead tutor at the workshop was Mr Saurabh Sinha, Consultant Neurosurgeon at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

The aim of the workshop is to give medical students and foundation doctors interested in a career in neurosurgery an early exposure in using neurosurgical instruments in a safe and controlled environment.

Realistic Operative Workstation for Educating Neurosurgical Apprentices (ROWENA) simulation heads are used to teach surgical approaches at the workshop. ROWENA has been designed to provide materials that simulate similar tissue handling, tactile feedback and anatomical accuracy to that of a real head.

Two medical students/foundation doctors work at each ROWENA station with 1 neurosurgical trainee as a demonstrator. This workshop improves neurosurgical trainee’s’ teaching abilities along with increasing experience and skill set in future neurosurgical trainees, ultimately resulting in improved patient care in the upcoming future.

Post-workshop feedback showed that all medical students and foundation doctors that attended the workshop felt more confident about attending and assisting in theatre following the workshop. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals were delighted to host the third NANSIG and SBNS workshop and are looking forward to hosting a fourth workshop in the near future.

This workshop would not have been possible without the kind sponsorship provided by B Braun, Delta Surgical and Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT).