North West School of Surgery - Otolaryngology (ENT)





Welcome to Otolaryngology (ENT) Training
in the North West


Otolaryngology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of the whole range of medical and surgical problems affecting the ear, nose and throat and surrounding anatomical areas.



Otolaryngology (ENT) training in HEE North West is divided between two sectors, however there is one Training Programme Director who oversees both sectors. Please select one of the following for further information on each sector:

East Sector (North Western) – Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria (former North Western Deanery)

West Sector (Mersey) – Cheshire & Merseyside (former Mersey Deanery)


HEE North West Otolaryngology (ENT) Sectors


There are opportunities to move across sectors for specific training needs. Both sectors can deliver the whole curriculum, there are large children’s hospitals in each of the areas. Both training regions and committees work very well and facilitate training for all trainees.


There is an active research collaborative in both sectors and trainees are encouraged to link into this and get involved in multi-centre studies.


Educationally the training days are combined and run on a monthly basis.


From August 2018, run-through training in Otolaryngology will also be available in the North West as part of a pilot scheme. Run-through posts will be available in both East and West Sectors of HEE North West from ST1 level.


Otolaryngology (ENT) Training Programme Director


Mr Samit Ghosh

Royal Oldham Hospital
Rochdale Road



Other Training Contacts


Position Name Email Address
SAC Representative Helen Cocks
Early Years Representative Bethan Fon Jones
Education Lead Sadie Khwaja
East Sector Research Lead Position Vacant
West Sector Research Lead Samuel Leong
East Sector Training Committee Chair Sean Loughran
West Sector Training Committee Chair Su De


2nd HEE North West Temporal Bone Competition


2nd HEE North West Temporal Bone Competition


The 2nd HEE North West Temporal Bone Competition took place on 5 July 2017. The Winner was Omar Mirza and the runner-up was Helen Beer.


WWL Great British Bake Off




Here are the results of the impromptu WWL Great British Bake Off held on 28 March 2018 in theatres. 

Venue: Theatre in Wigan. Time: 2:30 - 2:35pm (in between cases, no hold up to operations)

In the blue corner: Prof. Nirmal Kumar representing Consultants, hitherto undefeated champion, holder of several unpronounceable titles.
In the pink corner: Miss Antonia Tse representing Trainees, otherwise called Generation Y or "upstarts". No titles - as yet.

Product in question:

Brownie baked at home (each 3 days old).


Randomised, blinded trial comparing brownie A (A Tse) vs brownie B (BNK).


Jen Gilchrist: representing trainees.
Amy Halliwell: representing hospital managers.
Joanne Perkins: representing nurses.
Senior (but not senile) judge: Dr Venkat.


Majority verdict, upheld by senior judge.

Victory by a clear margin:

Antonia Tse representing upstarts.


Retired "hurt" ex-champion Prof BNKumar. Gracious in defeat accepted never to bake again.... Looking for a consultant ENT surgeon, must be good at baking to take part in next round.


Gloating, new champion Miss Antonia Tse. Holding aloft a prize "Obsession" with what.....? Mind you, she has the time. What do trainees do except go on holidays, ski, bake...


to TPD: trainees do learn some extra skills.
to Head of School: finer points in surgical training include attending baking school, eating in Michelin starred restaurants.
to trainees: consultants are chafing at the bit. You should think seriously about your careers. Did you not realise that defeating does not bode well at all?
to FRCS exam going trainees: what are you doing reading such material, you should be studying. Best wishes for exams! 

Next round:

Date and time to be decided soon.


Otolaryngology Curriculum


external link icon For the most up to date syllabus and curriculum, please visit the ISCP website

external link icon JCST Certification Guidelines


HEE North West Programme Support for Otolaryngology


Ian Griffiths, Programme Support Administrator

Ian Griffiths is based at our Manchester office at Three Piccadilly Place.

Tel: 0161 268 9520



National Otolaryngology ST3 Recruitment


National Recruitment for ST3 Otolaryngology is managed by HEE Yorkshire and the Humber.

external link icon Click here to go to HEE Yorkshire and the Humber's Recruitment website

external link icon Click here to go to the National HEE Recruitment Website (includes Timelines, Guidance, Competition Ratios etc.)

external link icon ST3 Person specifications

external link icon JCST: Surgical selection in the UK


National ST1 Otolaryngology Run-through (pilot) Recruitment


National Recruitment for ST1 Otolaryngology run-through is managed as part of the Core Surgical Recruitment by HEE London and the South East.


external link icon Click here to go to HEE London and the South East's Recruitment website

external link icon Click here to go to the National HEE Recruitment Website (includes Timelines, Guidance, Competition Ratios etc.)

pdf icon Prospectus for Otolaryngology Run-through Training


HEE North West Links


Training Support Network

Study Leave | Email:

Out of Programme (OOP) information

Less Than Full Time (LTFT) Training

Policies & Procedures

Revalidation | Form R Part A | Form R Part B | Email:

Leadership courses (Medical Leadership Fellowships, Postgraduate Module in Medical Leadership)

Education courses (PG Certificate in Workplace Based Postgraduate Medical Education Fellowship) | Email:

Careers advice

Intra-LETB Transfer Policy for transferring between sectors within HEE NW (on Policies and Procedures page)


Page Last Updated 7 August 2019