North West School of Surgery - Otolaryngology (ENT)

North West Otolaryngology (ENT)

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. Please select one of the following for further information on each sector:

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

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

Key Contacts

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Mr Samit Ghosh,
Otolaryngology (ENT) Training Programme Director

Based at Royal Oldham Hospital

Position Name Email Address
SAC Representative Helen Cocks
Early Years Representative Bethan Fon Jones
East Sector Research Lead Sadie Khwaja
West Sector Research Lead Samuel Leong
Training Committee Chair Nazia Munir

HEE North West Programme Support for Otolaryngology (ENT)

Programme Support Administrator for Surgery

Ian Griffiths

Ian Griffiths is based at our Manchester Office at Three Piccadilly Place
Tel: 0161 268 9575

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)
Protagonists:  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).
Setting:  Randomised, blinded trial comparing brownie A (A Tse) vs brownie B (BNK).
Judges:  Jen Gilchrist: representing trainees.
Amy Halliwell: representing hospital managers.
Joanne Perkins: representing nurses.
Senior (but not senile) judge: Dr Venkat.
Verdict:  Majority verdict, upheld by senior judge.
Victory by a clear margin:  Antonia Tse representing upstarts.
Vanquished:  Retired "hurt" ex-champion Prof BN Kumar. 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.
Victor:  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...
Disclaimers:  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 (ENT) Curriculum

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

Certification Guidelines:

Pre-August 2021 curriculum ("old" curriculum)

Post-August 2021 curriculum ("new" curriculum)

National Otolaryngology (ENT) 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 Otolaryngology person specifications

external link icon JCST:Surgical selection in the UK

HEE North West mapOtolaryngology (ENT) in North West England

Sector: N/A - trainees are appointed to the whole North West Region
Vacancies: 4
Start Date: 2 August 2023
Grade: ST3
Programme Length: 72 months

Applications CLOSED

HEE North West mapOtolaryngology (ENT) in North West England

Sector: N/A - trainees are appointed to the whole North West Region
Vacancies: Zero
Start Date: 7 February 2024
Grade: ST3
Programme Length: 72 months

Applications CLOSED

Please Note

Trainees appointed to ST3 will spend the early years of specialty training predominantly in their chosen sector (Cheshire and Merseyside or Greater Manchester and Lancashire) to gain general competencies and for later subspecialty years, training is delivered across the whole of the HEE North West region.

HEE North West Links

Training Support Network

SuppoRTT (Supported Return to Training)

Study Leave | Email:

Out of Programme (OOP) information

Less Than Full Time (LTFT) Training

Policies & Procedures

Revalidation | Form R | 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 25 October 2022