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Speciality: Otolaryngology ENT

Programme Description
GMC Reference: WOS/462

In the early years, exposure will be afforded to the wide spectrum of disorders that are likely to be encountered in ENT practice and as you progress through the training programme, you can expect to be exposed to more advanced pathology and surgery including head and neck oncology with complex reconstruction, neuro-otology and skull base surgery, advances paediatrics with exposure to airway reconstruction, cochlear implantation at the Scottish National Cochlear Implant Centre in Ayrshire and advanced rhinology and facial plastics.

There are a number of trainees at all years and stages of training. These numbers will be reduced over the next few years with an increase in CT jobs.

In addition to having an Educational Supervisor, Trainees have access to the Research Director for the training programme. All Trainees are encouraged and indeed expected to perform audit and research leading to publication or presentation on a national basis. The West of Scotland has a significant reputation for research which is encouraged in all.

During the final years of training, Trainees would be expected to develop a sub-specialty interest which could either be pursued in the West of Scotland or if appropriate, post CCT training at a centre of excellence would be encouraged.

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

There is a high rate of Head and Neck malignancy in the West of Scotland and Multidisciplinary team management including maxillofacial and Plastic surgery input is the norm. The West of Scotland is seen as a single large rotation, giving trainees access to all subspecialty interests throughout their training period. The programme's commitment to quality training is seen in its high pass rate in the intercollegiate exam. The ENT Specialty Training Committee has a dedicated research director. Each unit encourages research and participates in local and regional audits. There is also a well established teaching programme held monthly in Perth which all Scottish trainees attend. Anatomical dissection for otology is organized with formal teaching and supervision at the anatomy department.

The type of training varies widely across posts, with the more extensive procedures available centrally, but the posts in the DGH hospitals are felt to be equally valuable for enhancing surgical and ward management skills. All units are friendly and have a strong ethos of making sure the trainee has a valuable and educational experience.

Rotations cover a wide range of locations including Southern General Hospital, Monklands District General Hospital, and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Glasgow).

Where is the training delivered?
This programme involves placements in some or all of these Health Boards and hospitals:

Gartnavel General, Glasgow, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, University Hospital Monklands, Airdrie, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley , The Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow, The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow , Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, New Victoria Hospital, Glasgow, Western Infirmary, Glasgow, University Hospital Wishaw

West of Scotland:
Crosshouse Hospital
Monklands DGH Airdrie
Southern General Hospital Glasgow
Royal Alexandra Hospital Paisley
Royal Hospital for Sick Children Glasgow
Victoria Infirmary Glasgow
Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow
Western Infirmary Glasgow
Gartnavel General, Glasgow
Glasgow Royal infirmary
Wishaw DGH

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office West of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Alastair McLellan
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Mr Dominique Byrne
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval August 2010
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Joint Committee on Surgical Training (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System https://www.gmc-uk.org/education/standards-guidance-and-curricula/curricula/otolaryngology-curriculum
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Julie Campbelton
Address: Westpoint 102, Edinburgh
Tel: 0131 656 3484
Email: Julie.Campbelton@nes.scot.nhs.uk
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Mr Alasdair Robertson
Address: Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow
Tel:
Email: alasdair.robertson@nhs.net
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