Following the success of the General Surgical Skills Programme, a parallel ENT surgical skills programme was set up. ENT trainees attend bi-monthly teaching sessions in the wetlab at Imperial College, St. Mary's hospital campus. 

Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgical Training Curriculum

The ENT curriculum for this year includes:

  • Microlaryngology - Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 November 2019
  • Bronchoscopy - Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 March 2020
  • FONA - Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 April 2020
  • Skin flaps - Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 May 2020
  • Human cadaver session - Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 July 2020
  • Rhinology - Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 July 2020

Teaching is consultant-led and procedures are practised on a range of porcine and sheep tissue.

Developments in ENT Simulation Training

The ENT simulation programme has also developed and delivered a theatre-based, multidisciplinary simulation day concentrating on the non-operative skills of teamwork, leadership and situational awareness. 

ENT surgical trainees, anaesthetic trainees and theatre nursing staff undertook six ENT themed scenarios throughout the day.  Six ‘operative teams’ (one ENT, one anaesthetist and one nurse), were put into a high fidelity simulated theatre environment and briefed to undertake an operation as they would in real life. 

At some unknown point during the simulation, an ENT themed ‘crisis’ was thrown into the scenario (e.g. laser airway fire, bleeding vocal cord, foreign body in airway, anaphylaxis, etc).  Using a specially developed tool to assess skills in an ENT surgical environment, teams were assessed on their non-technical skills and teamwork which was followed with a full debrief.