Project cost: £6,800

We are extremely excited to be part of a brand new innovation being set-up by neurosurgeon Saurabh Sinha, Deputy Programme Director for Neurosurgery at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ Neurosciences department is already a leading specialist centre, offering a full range of neuroscience services, including pioneering new medical and surgical treatments for both brain and spine disorders; now Mr Sinha is setting up a ‘Yorkshire Brain School’ to promote neurosurgical training here in Sheffield and further improve Sheffield’s standing as an excellent training unit. The Yorkshire Brain School will ensure that Sheffield’s reputation as a leading provider of brain-related healthcare continues to grow.


Yorkshire Brain School will consist of a course taking place several times throughout each year. It will allow trainee neurosurgeons to attend lectures given by world-renowned national and international speakers, talking about the most innovative and cutting-edge neurosurgery issues and techniques. In addition to the talks, attendees will be given the opportunity to train in a state-of-the-art simulation lab, using high quality prosthetic brains. And this is where Neurocare, and your fundraising, come in to play!

Neurocare will be funding the purchase of 10 simulation sets for use at the Yorkshire Brain School. The Realistic Operative Workstation for Educating Neurosurgical Apprentices (fondly known as R.O.W.E.N.A), was designed and made by practicing neurosurgeon, Mr Richard Ashpole (Cons Neurosurgeon at Nottingham), based on his daughter, Rowena. It is a plastic neurosurgical simulator for teaching basic surgical techniques and approaches. It consists of a moulded plastic base with a realistic internal skull anatomy, on which is fixed a replaceable upper cranium with scalp, bone and dural layers. Inside the skull is a realistic brain. Rowena is distributed by Delta Surgical, a UK based company that specialise in Medical Device Technology for Surgical and Critical Care.