Department of Clinical Neurosciences (DCN)

Welcome to your 10 week placement at DCN.

During your time on placement you will have the following learning opportunities:

- Alternating weeks of clinical experience in Neurology and Neurosurgical ward, as well as online teaching.

The wards you will be working on during this placement will be:
- Wards 130 and 230 - Neurology
- Ward 231 - Neurosurgery

First day arrangements

First morning of the clinical placement you will be met by Jane McCrindle in SPHERE, 3rd floor, RHCYP and receive your name badge forms. If there are any problems, Jane can be contacted on 0131 312 1618. You will then be met by Dr David Breen who will run a short induction and introduce you to the ward team.

Absence reporting

In the event you are unable to attend your shift, please contact Gemma Maclennan -


Main contacts

The main contacts for this placement are:

  • Dr David Breen (Neurology) -

  • You will also be supported by the Medical Education Fellow Dr Valerie Rae -

A student handbook is in development and will be available shortly.

Our previous DCN students have kindly made some videos to highlight how they enjoyed their DCN placement. Thanks Mariana, Lucas and Olivia!

Mariana is up first :)

Olivia on how to make the most of your DCN placement

Lucas shares his experience