North West School of Surgery - Otolaryngology, East Sector (North Western)

North West Otolaryngology (ENT)
Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Sector


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The East Sector of Health Education England, North West (HEE NW) covers Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria.



Otolaryngology (ENT) Training Programme Director



Mr Samit Ghosh

Royal Oldham Hospital
Rochdale Road




Overview of Otolaryngology in the East Sector



This comprehensive higher surgical training programme in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck surgery encompasses all the ENT Departments within the East Sector (Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria).


The curriculum will involve the acquiring of specialist competencies in the 4-6 years after entry to higher surgical training at ST3 and full details of the curriculum can be viewed on the ISCP website



Training Rotation



There are multiple hospitals in the area to give all trainees training in all the sub-specialities including General ENT, Rhinology, Facial Plastics, Paediatric ENT, Head and Neck Surgery including Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery, Laryngology, Otology, Implantation Otology and Skull Base and Neurotology is available within the region.



Educational opportunities



Trainees in ST3 and above until CCT will be expected to attend local educational programmes which are held within the hospital they are working in.


There is also a comprehensive teaching programme which takes place on a monthly basis. All units facilitate attendance at these sessions. The timetable for teaching can be viewed at


In addition there are opportunities for surgical cadaver dissection courses and workshops conducted locally and also an annual viva training day to prepare candidates for the intercollegiate examination. Trainees can also use the facilities at the new Surgical Simulation and Skills Centre at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan for surgical training on 3 D Haptic Voxelman simulators including temporal bone drilling, and endoscopic sinus surgery.



Research and Audit



Opportunities for clinical research exist within all departments involved in the programme and trainees are expected to take advantage of this. There are several "research active" departments with a track record of supervising clinical research leading to publications and higher degrees from Universities in the North West. All trainees should be actively involved in audit on an ongoing basis and be in a position to demonstrate this at annual appraisal and ARCP. Teaching of less experienced medical colleagues, medical students, nurses and other paramedical staff is an integral part of the post and all trainees are expected to be involved in this.



Hospitals on the Otolaryngology East Sector Rotation



Site Trust
Blackpool Victoria Hospital Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Fairfield General Hospital Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Manchester Royal Infirmary Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
North Manchester General Hospital Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Albert Edward Infirmary Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Blackburn Hospital East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Bolton Hospital Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Preston Hospital Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Salford Royal Hospital Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Stepping Hill Hospital Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
Wythenshawe Hospital Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

GMC Programme Code: NWD931 and NWD4032 (run-through)






external link icon ENT UK

external link icon ISCP (Surgical E-portfolio)

external link icon Virtual Tour of the ear 

external link icon e-medicine textbook of otorhinolaryngology

external link icon Head and Neck cancer support information

external link icon National library of medicine: patient information on ENT

external link icon Joint Committee on Surgical Training (previously The Joint Committee on Higher Surgical Training - JCHST)

external link icon British association of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology

external link icon Association of Otolaryngologists in training

external link icon Ear Surgery information Center: Concise website covering all aspects of otological surgery

external link icon ENT North West: Head and Neck Surgery training in the North West of England


Page Last Updated 7 August 2019