North of England Neurological Association North of England Neurological Association


NENA Training day

Since 2015, NENA annual meeting has been preceded by a neurology training day on Friday, involving all training schemes in the North of England. The purpose is to deliver curriculum topics that may prove difficult to cover in individual deaneries. Topics are decided by programme directors in turn, and expertise drawn from around the North of England and beyond to deliver the sessions. All trainees attending the training day are encouraged to stay on for the NENA meeting.

Topics covered so far have included:

2015 – Paediatric transition
2016 – Disorders of CSF
2017 – Neurological disorders in pregnancy

PDF versions of talks delivered at this session can be found below:


Trainees in all clinical neurosciences disciplines are encouraged to present original research, audits and case series at the annual general meeting. Expenses for trainees who present at the meeting will be met by the association.

Trainees who wish to travel to another centre for clinical or research training are also invited to apply for the Tidswell travel grant.


Dr Laurence (Laurie) Liversedge BA, BSC, MD, FRCP was Consultant Neurologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary, and renowned as a clinician and teacher. He was instrumental in training many clinical and academic neurologists, who remember his wit and wisdom fondly. Dr Liversedge was a founder member of NENA, and long term treasurer.

The Liversedge prize of £500 and a citation will be awarded to the best research presentation by a trainee in any neuroscience discipline, as judged by the council.



Mr Peter Crawford was a senior neurosurgeon at the Regional Neuroscience Centre in based at the Newcastle General Hospital. He was the Northern training programme director for neurosurgery for many years and promoted the research pursuits of trainees. Peter is a past president of NENA and his generous gift to the association has funded the Crawford prize since 2005.

The Crawford prize of £250 and a citation will be awarded to for best clinical research presentation by a trainee in any neuroscience discipline, as judged by the council.


Dr Phillip Tidswell MB BS, FRCP, was Consultant Neurologist at Preston and Blackburn, and NENA treasurer. He was actively involved in the activities of the association until his untimely death in 2015.

Council established the Tidswell Travel grant in 2017 to fund travel to a centre outside the region for research or clinical training for a trainee in any of the neuroscience disciplines. Awardees would normally be expected to have presented at the NENA annual meeting.

Applications outlining the purpose of travel in a short abstract should be sent to the Dr Rajiv Mohanraj, NENA secretary (