Programme Director - Contact Specialty Programme Coordinator

Specialty Programme Coordinator - Joanne O'Brien

People Services Officer - Lead Employer Trust - Allyson Ashwell / Christian Collins - 0191 275 4753/4783

Welcome to Neuropathology. We aim to provide useful information to potential future and current Neuropathology Specialist Trainees, Neuropathology Trainers and all others interested in the neuropathology training opportunities in Health Education North East. We hope you will find this website a useful resource and an easy way of finding links to neuropathology related sites.


The Neuropathology laboratory work is divided into three teams of BMS:

  • Brain and spinal cord, including neurosurgical biopsies
  • Muscle and Nerve
  • Electron microscopy

Consultants in the Department, work in subspecialty/interest teams, one of which is Neuropathology.

The neuropathology diagnostic service has intimate links with the Newcastle Brain Tissue Resource (NBTR). The NBTR is part of the national network of brain banks, the Paediatric Brain Tumour Group, which is part of the Northern Institute for Cancer research. The Northern Institute for Cancer Research is nationally funded National Commissioning Group (NCG) services for (1) the Rare Mitochondrial Diseases and (2) Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophies.


The NBTR is located at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality, and the NCG mitochondrial laboratory and Paediatric Brain Tumour Group within the Medical School, which is directly linked to the RVI. The NCG service for limb girdle muscular dystrophies is divided into 2 locations: (1) Muscle Immunoanalysis Unit at the Dental School (also directly linked to the RVI) and (2) the genetics service at the Centre for Life

In Health Education England North East Neuropathology training programme, trainees will be posted at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne. This is part of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

To find out more about training in Neuropathology please visit the Neuropathology Curriculum

To find out more about our region and Trusts please visit the Find Your Place website.

Information for Current Trainees

Access essential information on regulations, study leave, certification, assessment and the curriculum.

Information for trainers and educators

Development and guidance on becoming a trainer, standards for trainers, essential documentation for clinical and educational supervision including guidance for GP trainers,  Trust and out-of-hours supervisors, plus news about the latest courses and conferences.


Potential Applicant

Visit our Recruitment website to find out what it's like to be a GP trainee in the north east and north Cumbria.