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Professor Ross Coles (1927- 2017)

We are sad to announce that Professor Ross Coles, an Honorary member of ENT UK and Audiologist whose research helped sufferers of tinnitus, pased away on the 16th December 2017. 

Please see below a link to The Daily Telegraph Obituary 

>> Click here to read.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) has secured tax relief for the Specialty Fellowship Examinations (FRCS)

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) has secured tax relief for the Specialty Fellowship Examinations (FRCS)

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) announced on Thursday 4th January 2018 that it had reached an agreement with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for trainees in the ten surgical specialties to claim tax relief on the examination fee for the Specialty Fellowship Examinations (FRCS).

For more information please click here

The 2018 Clinical Excellence Awards round will open on Tuesday 13th February 2018

ENT UK has been informed that the 2018 Clinical Excellence Awards round will open on Tuesday 13th February 2018.

Individual emails will be sent to members informing them of the final date for submission if they require a citation from ENT UK.

ACCEA will accept applications for new national awards and from those due to renew their award in 2018.

Consultants will need to put in a renewal application if:

  • they received their current award in the 2014 round
  • their award was last renewed in 2013 (awarded in 2009, 2004, 1999)

Updated guidance for applicants, nominators, employers and assessors will be published on the ACCEA website before the round opens.

Mr Shyam Singam is now the Chair of the Specialty & Associate Specialist (SAS) Committee

ENT UK is delighted to announce that Mr Shyam Singam is now Chair of the Specialty & Associate Specialist (SAS) Committee. Mr Singam was appointed to the role in December 2017 and will remain in place for three years.

Mr Singam is an Associate Specialist ENT Surgeon, based at Torbay Hospital in Devon (The English Riviera). He completed his basic training and ENT diploma at Chennai, India and his subsequent specialist training and fellowship were obtained from the Republic of Ireland.

A generalist essentially, with special interests in Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHA), Sleep Disordered Breathing, Coblation surgery and Acupuncture services which he leads at Torbay. His leisure time is divided between gardening, golfing and cooking.

Mr Singam is a member of the Local Negotiating Committee (LNC) and has been on the ENT UK, SAS Committee for the last three years.

He hopes to follow the good work done by his predecessor Janice Provan, in reaching out to the SAS group, increase the group's profile and its participation in ENT UK activities.

HPV Action’s new ‘Jabs for Boys’ website was launched TODAY!

The new Jabs for the Boys website has been launched TODAY! (Wednesday 13th December). It offers advice and guidance to the parents of boys, boys themselves and adult men about the pros and cons of HPV vaccination to help them make a decision about whether to have the vaccination and how to obtain it (including privately). It also contains information for health professionals.

All the information in this website is based on the best-possible evidence and has been checked by medical and other experts. It also complies with the NHS Information Standard.

This website is a much needed resource for members of the public through to health care providers. Please visit the website and show your support by following them on social media.




Mrs Prakash Narula Travelling BACO fellowships 2018 – APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING INVITED!

Applicants are invited to apply for a travelling fellowship for BACO International 2018. This event will be held in Manchester UK from the 4th -6th of July 2018. The successful applicants will receive free registration plus £1,000 towards travel and expenses. Successful applicants will be selected by executive members of ENT UK and the Global Health Committee.

How to apply

Applicants must:

  • Be a trainee within their country or a specialist / consultant within 5 years of appointment.
  • Submit a brief CV (up to 3 pages long).
  • Submit a covering letter/ statement of no more than 200 words outlining why they feel they should receive the award and how will they benefit from the travelling fellowship.
  • Provide letters of support/recommendation from two senior colleagues with whom the applicant has worked; one should be from the applicant’s Head of Department or Training Programme Lead.
  • Demonstrate in their application that they have taken an active role in local service OR education development (for example, helped set up and run a training course, organise a teaching programme, help to introduce a new service etc.).


  • > 5 years Consultant / specialist grades or equivalent.
  • Previous recipients of BACO fellowships.
  • Anyone based in the UK is not eligible to apply.

The deadline for application submissions is midnight on Saturday 20th January 2018. Please send your application to

Brian Bingham due to attend a joint Royal College of Surgeons and Surgical Specialities Forum on Monday 22 January 2018!

Message from Brian:

I am due to attend a joint Royal College of Surgeons and Surgical Specialties Forum on Monday 22 January 2018.  The theme will be “Elective Surgery - what can the NHS afford?”.
I would ask for contributions and information from the regions of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland whether you have any issues with commissioning that limits the availability of patients to access surgical treatment either by delaying access, putting barriers in place that denies access, refusing funding and/or not following NICE Guidance.
The ENT UK office will collate your contributions and I shall take to the meeting on your behalf.   
I look forward to hearing from you.
With kind regards

HPV Action has responded to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) consultation on extending HPV vaccination to boys 

On Wednesday 30th August 2017 HPV Action sent the JCVI it's response to the consultation on extending HPV vaccination to boys. HPVA recommended that JCVI should:

  • Publish full details of the modelling work and allow additional time for stakeholders to review and comment on it.
  • Provide details of the various costs it has taken into account and the source of this information.
  • Review its epidemiological analysis of the proportion of cancer cases caused by high-risk HPV types.
  • Take into account HPV-related cancers of the nasal and paranasal sinuses.

Click here to download the full response.

New NICE quality standard for Head and Neck cancer

The National Institute for Health Care and Excellence published a new quality standard earlier this year looking at assessing, diagnosing and managing head and neck cancer. ENT UK was part of the consultation process for this quality standard and works with NICE to promote it to commissioners and service providers. Four quality statements were developed for the quality standard that set out how commissioners, providers and clinicians improve the care they plan and deliver for patients:

  • People with cancer of the upper aerodigestive tract have their nutritional status, including the need for a prophylactic tube, assessed at diagnosis to avoid difficult eating and loss of healthy weight
  • People with specific advanced stages of cancer of the upper aerodigestive tract are offered systemic staging to help health professionals provide more appropriate treatment for specific advanced stages of cancer
  • People with early stage oral cancer who don’t need cervical access as a part of surgical management are offered sentinel lymph node biopsy as an alternative to elective neck dissection to provide quicker recovery time and less time in hospital
  • People with cancer of the upper aerodigestive tract are given the choice of either radiotherapy or surgery if both are suitable options for their cancer

Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care at NICE said: “As ever we want to ensure patients receive the best possible care and our quality standards are an important resource to help health professionals achieve this.

“This quality standard is hugely important for people suffering from head or neck cancer. It provides advice that gives people more choice over their care and ensures they receive good quality care that is tailored to their needs.”

NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. NICE quality standards draw on existing NICE or NICE-accredited guidance that provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.