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ENT (Otolaryngology)

Programme Description   |   Study and Training   |   ARCP Information   

 Hospital Educational Leads   |   ARCP Dates

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Otolaryngology is the diagnosis and management of ear, nose and throat conditions. It is a broad speciality encompassing both paediatric and adult patients in a spectrum of presentations ranging from mild to moribund.

It can be a very challenging environment to work in, particularly when managing an airway emergency. Intricate anatomy means that surgery in all areas of the specialty is complex. Examination is specialised, using multiple gadgets, meaning junior doctors get hands on practical experience early on in their career.

Technical advances make it an exciting field to work in, with advances in robotic surgery, for example. It often involves being part of a team, with a number of closely linked allied specialties including: audiology, speech and language specialists, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, maxillofacial surgery, respiratory, rheumatology, allergy, genetics, paediatrics and nurse specialists.

Timetables include exposure to outpatient clinics, including subspecialty clinics, theatre sessions, a 24 hour non-resident on call, multidisciplinary and departmental meetings to encompass the full otolaryngology curriculum.

Placements are usually for a year at a time rotating through the hospitals in the region. Specialty training runs between ST3 and ST8 . Additionally, study days are run monthly throughout the year including a temporal bone simulation course.

Participation in audit and research is encouraged and supported.

Trainees are encouraged to attend BACO and RSM meetings in the both the Laryngology and Rhinology section and Otology sections.


Study and Training

The ARCP runs in September each year offering constructive support of training. A minimum of 40 WBAs per year are required to track a trainee’s progress.

Health Education England, Wessex has an outstanding reputation for candidates at the FRCS , with two past candidates in the last ten years achieving the Gold medal. All NTN candidates in the last ten years have passed the FRCS on the first attempt. In addition, 100% of NTN trainees completing training have secured a substantive position, with the majority remaining in Wessex.

Our aim is to produce a well-rounded consultant at the end of training, in an excellent position to secure a substantive post of their choice.

The sub-specialties we offer

  • Paediatric Otolaryngology
  • Anterior and Lateral Skull Base Surgery
  • Head and Neck Oncology
  • Benign Head and Neck Surgery
  • Voice
  • Skin
  • Rhinology & Facial Plastic surgery
  • Otology
  • Cochlear Implantation
  • BAHA
  • Audiovestibular medicine


Specialty training posts in ENT in HEE , Wessex rotate through Poole, Salisbury, Winchester, Southampton and Portsmouth Hospitals.

Research Opportunities

There is fantastic, innovative practice and research in HEE , Wessex, with opportunity to engage in research and higher degrees to further your education, as evidenced by some of the links below:

MSc Allergy at University of Southampton

University of Southampton, Cancer Science

Cancer Research UK Southampton


Other Opportunities

Higher academic degrees are supported in Wessex, in fact of the current cohort of specialty trainees, all of them are aspiring to, have achieved or are studying for higher degrees. These include MSc , MD , PhD and LLM.

In addition, Interface Fellowships are available in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology.

Wessex also offers Deanery-supported Fellowships in Medical Education, Quality Improvement and Clinical Simulation.


What makes HEE, Wessex different?

Training in Otolaryngology in HEE , Wessex offers a full education in all subspecialties, with emphasis on hands-on training. Two or three operating sessions are often concurrently running in ENT daily, with enthusiastic trainers and a good case mix. HEE , Wessex has an excellent track record of passes in the FRCS and substantive consultant appointments on completion of training. Trainees are encouraged to participate in research and present and publish their work in National and International forums. Leadership and personal development is very much encouraged for all trainees in HEE , Wessex.

  • Regional meetings include– SWLA
  • Regional courses are offered in all subspecialty areas, with ample opportunity for trainees to get involved.
  • A wet temporal bone lab is on offer at QA in Portsmouth
  • Leadership and management courses are available heavily subsidised Training programme
  • Special interest work
  • Leadership development, management skills
  • Simulation
  • Professional development


What are we looking for?

Enthusiastic and dedicated candidates fit in well in a region that has a lot to offer both professionally and socially. Otolaryngology is a rewarding career; trainees need excellent surgical and communication skills with patients, parents, carers and colleagues. Team working is an essential part of the job description, as is desire to contribute to the development of the specialty.

How to apply


ARCP Information

ARCPs are held in September each year. All evidence is submitted electronically and is based around the ISCP website, the panel review this evidence and give an outcome. All trainees are then met for personal feedback and to plan future training needs. All new ST3 s have an interim (mock) review at the mid-year point in March.  Any trainees failing to achieve their targets will also be reviewed at this time.

Specific requirements which need to be achieved by ARCP date are clearly stated in your global objectives and include:

  • 1 MSF per year
  • 40 WBAs per year
  • Topics as required
  • Up to date CV on system
  • An Assigned educational supervisor ( AES ) report. At least one clinical supervisors report by someone other than your AES for each learning agreement.
  • An evidence section and logbook that are completed contemporaneously


The only paperwork required for ARCPs is:

  • Enhanced Form R (for revalidation)
  • Validated (signed) consolidated logbook for that training year
  • ST6 Checklists (pdf) which can be found here or on the JCST website


CCT requirements (if applicable):

An ARCP 6 needs to be awarded before a CCT can be awarded to a trainee. The JCST have outlined requirements for CCT (pdf) in the Quality Assurance section of their website


Please follow this link to find out the date of your next ARCP   


Hospital Educational Leads ( STC Members)

Name and Trust  Contact details

Mr Phillip Scott


Mr Mike Pringle


Mr Simon Dennis (Programme Director)


Mr Sebastian Thomas


Mr Rami Salib

Research lead, Southampton

Dr Emma King

Research lead


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