Mr Nick Carleton-Bland

About Nick Carleton-Bland

Mr Nick Carleton-Bland graduated from St George’s Medical School University of London with distinction; he holds a first-class honours degree from the University of Leeds and a Masters from Manchester Business School. He underwent basic surgical training in London and was appointed to a national training number in Neurosurgery in 2009. He has trained in San Francisco, Sydney and in four neurosurgical units in the Northwest of England. He was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2015 and has completed a two-year complex spinal neurosurgery fellowship. 

Since being appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon at The Walton Centre in 2017, Mr Carleton-Bland has run a fulltime clinical practice alongside an educationalist practice in undergraduate and post-graduate settings. He is a national human factors trainer, an international neurosurgery lecturer and was nominated for the prestigious National ASiT ‘Silver Scalpel’ award 2023. He won the postgraduate ‘Excellence in Education’ award 2020 from the North West School of Surgery and the national teaching award from Association for Perioperative Practice 2019.   




B.Sc (Hons),  PGCert (Med Ed), M.Sc,  MBBS(Lond),  MRCS(Eng), FRCS(Neuro.Surg),  DIP (Interprof spine care)

Clinical/research interests


Cranial and spinal trauma 

Cranial and spinal infections 

Spinal tumours 

Degenerative spinal disorders 

Complex spinal instrumentation 

Robotics & Minimally invasive surgery 



Medical education 

Surgical simulation 

Human factors and healthcare learning systems 

Quality Improvement 

Spinal surgery 

Membership of professional regional and national bodies


Society of British Neurological Surgeons  

British Association of Spinal Surgeons 

Royal College of Surgeons of England 



JCIE Court of Examiners for the FRCS(Neuro.Surg)  2023

Speciality Advisory Committee Member Neurosurgery (JCST) 2022-Present       

Deputy Director of Medical Education, The Walton Centre 2022-present

Speciality Lead for Neurosurgery, Liverpool Medical School – 2018-current 

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Liverpool  2018-current 

Lead for the National Liverpool Masterclass series 2023

Faculty on EDISC Eurospine international diploma course 2020-prsent

Faculty ST1 National Neurosurgical Bootcamp 2019-present

Interviewer at National Neurosurgical Selection 2019 -present


Royal College of England Surgical Tutor 2019-22

Director of Neurosurgical Teaching North of England 2018-23

Major Trauma Lead for Spine: Cheshire Mersey Major Trauma Collaborative 2019-21 

Past Associate Editor of the British Journal of Neurosurgery 2019-2020 

Scholar at the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence 2015-16 

HE:NW Medical Leadership Fellow 2012-14 

Past Chair of the BMA local negotiating committee 2010-13 

North West Deanery Medical Education Fellow 2010-12 

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Spinal surgery

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The Neurosurgical Division is one of the busiest neurosurgical units in the UK, seeing approximately 9,800 new patients, 3,800 elective patients, and 1,700 emergency inpatients every year.

Page last updated: 03 August 2023