Neurosurgery and spinal surgery services


This Transform Clinical Reference Group (CRG) covers specialised neurosurgery and complex spinal surgery.


  • Clinical lead: David Cummings, National Clinical Director Neurosurgery and Spinal Surgery
  • Nick Phillips, national clinical lead, neurosurgery
  • Sam Eldabe, national clinical lead, specialised pain
  • Bryan Foreshew, pharmacy lead
  • Robert Wilson, public health lead
  • Carolyn Brennan, lead commissioner
  • Mark Wilson, clinical member
  • Stuart Blagg, clinical member
  • Mario Ganau, clinical member
  • John Leach, clinical member
  • Jibril Farah, clinical member
  • Elaine Buchanan, clinical member
  • Vinay Jasani, clinical member
  • Sue Thomas, patient and public voice representative
  • Rosalind Jacobs, patient and public voice representative

Affiliated members:

  • Mike Hutton, GIRFT Clinical Lead – Spinal Surgery
  • Nick Phillips, GIRFT Clinical Lead – Neurosurgery
  • David Hargroves, National Clinical Lead, Stroke (Thrombectomy Lead)
  • Andy Bennett, National Clinical Director MSK Conditions
  • Andrew King, Society of British Neurosurgeons (SBNS) representative
  • Rajat Verma, British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS) representative

Non-core members of the group may be drawn upon for specialist advice and expertise required to deliver the key objectives of the CRG work programme.


A key part of the CRG’s work is the delivery of the ‘products’ of commissioning. These are the tools used by the Regional Commissioning Teams to contract services on an annual basis.

Service specifications

Service specifications are important in clearly defining the standards of care expected from organisations funded by NHS England to provide specialised care. The specifications have been developed by specialised clinicians, commissioners, expert patients and public health representatives to describe both core and developmental service standards. Core standards are those that all funded providers should be able to demonstrate, with developmental standards being those which may require further changes in practice over time to provide excellence in the field.

The following service specifications fall within the scope of this CRG:



Not routinely commissioned:

Policy statements

Policy statements are brief documents that define the current commissioning position to support service contracting.

The following policy statements fall within the scope of this CRG:

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If you are interested in the work of the CRG or its NPOC, you can register as stakeholder.

For details on our latest consultations please visit the NHS England consultation hub.

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