COVID-19 information

Visiting is once again welcomed at The Walton Centre. So that we can safely reintroduce visiting, visits should be pre-booked with an allocated appointment slot.

General safety measures remain in place at The Walton Centre - and in our other clinic settings within the community – until further notice. 

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 north west 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 full time clinical practice alongside an educationalist practice in undergraduate and post-graduate settings. He is a human factors trainer, he has won a national teaching award from Association for Perioperative Practice and won the postgraduate ‘Excellence in Education’ award 2020 from the North West School of Surgery.   




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

Clinical/research interests


Cranial and spinal trauma 

Cranial and spinal infections 

Spinal tumours 

Degenerative spinal disorders 

Complex spinal instrumentation 

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 


Positions held:  

Royal College of England Surgical Tutor 2019-current 

Director of Neurosurgical Teaching North of England 2018-current 

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

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Liverpool  2018-current 

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 

Related Services

Spinal surgery

We provide a specialist spinal surgery service including treatment of degenerative spinal conditions


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: 18 July 2021