About Us

Clinical Lead: Dr Andrew Gunatilleke, Consultant Anaesthetist and Pain Management Specialist

Network Manager: Jack Hillman

  • All spinal consultants from each hospital within the network, both Hubs and partner hospitals (core membership)
  • Orthopaedic consultants from hospitals with A&E departments but no spinal surgeon
  • Clinicians from related specialties: Pain Services, Acute Oncology, Radiology, Infectious Diseases/Microbiology, Extended Scope Practitioners, Physiotherapy, Triage and Treat services, Neurophysiology,
  • NHS England representatives
  • CCG representatives
  • Spinal Cord Injury Centres


The network body meets at least three times per year. The network board and clinical governance group currently are combined and comprise the entire membership. The meetings are chaired by the clinical lead.



Spinal Hubs:

Exeter Spinal Unit, (Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust)

South West Neurosurgical Centre, (Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust)


Spinal Partner Hospitals:

Ramsay New Hall (Dorset)

North Devon District Hospital

Nuffield Exeter

Nuffield Plymouth


Non-Spinal Partners:

Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust