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Individual Placement Description
Placement Otolaryngology
Year F2
Region North
Hospital(s) Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Main Duties of Placement

Main duties are Rapid Access Clinics (RAC) am/pm, Ward rounds AM/PM following the handover from the Night FY2.

ENT Ward can be very busy with emergency and elective admissions; organisation is key in this job. Ward rounds are led by the registrars. Consultants will usually pop round to see their own patients on their own throughout the day and you’ll not be expected to go with them except on Mondays and Fridays when you usually have teaching ward rounds. It is the responsibility of the FY2s to keep the handover list updated.

You have the option to attend theatre sessions both routine and emergency.

Typical Work Pattern

Cross cover with Urology (adjoining ward) after hours. Excellent Induction and ongoing support by senior team members.

The FY2 rota is split into different shifts, including a standard day (8am to 4pm), long day (8am to 8:30pm), late day (12pm to 8:30pm), night weekday shift (8pm to 8:30am), weekend day (8am to 4pm), weekend late day (8am to 8:30pm) and night weekend shift (8pm to 8:30am). Between 8am to 4pm on weekdays, there are usually 2 FY2s on. On Night shifts during weekdays and weekends, the rota is shared with ENT FY2s, and the Night shift FY2 covers Urology (Ward 209 and 211) and ENT (Ward 210).

Learning Opportunities

Learning oppurtunities every day in ward rounds, formal and informal teaching led by experienced registrars or consultants, hands-on procedure traning in RAC clinics and emergency on-calls for adults and paediatric patients. Radiology teaching and an opportunity to attend locally organised PG teaching sessions every 6 weeks.


On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays there is usually teaching or an X-Ray conference. On Mondays/Fridays consultants do a teaching ward round (Fridays is with the medical students as well).

Unique Selling Points

Our vision and goal is to see our department expand and become a centre of excellence in education, training, research and innovation. This can be achieved only through teamwork, hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. Our field is now going through a phase of great expansion and we are right in the middle of it. No longer are we the traditional Ear, Nose and Throat surgeons performing Tonsillectomy and Septoplasty but have expanded and taken more on board and now we see ourselves as Endoscopic Sinus surgeons, Head and neck cancer surgeons, Thyroid/Salivary gland surgeons, Pituitary / Endoscopic Neurosurgeons, Endoscopic Skull Base surgeons and Facial plastics surgeons. On the medical side we have expanded to become Allergy specialists, Immunologists and Voice specialists. 

It is important to note that this description is a typical example of your placement and may be subject to change.

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