The Royal College of Surgeons of England accredited Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology Fellowship is based at Alder Hey Hospital within the ENT Department, which already has three specialty trainees on the Mersey ENT training rotation. There is a strong reputation for training in the department, as evidenced by the presence of three specialty trainees. One of the consultants is also on the STC, and has a senior role in trainee development, forming a member of the ARCP panel for Mersey trainees. There is sufficient time set aside within job plans for the Fellow and consultants to enable effective training to take place. The Fellowship allows the Fellow to develop skills in training the trainees, which will be essential for their future career as a consultant in paediatric ENT surgery.
This post will provide the Fellow with an opportunity to gain experience in tertiary level paediatric ENT surgery with more complex paediatric otological, airway, anterior skull base and head and neck procedures (such as middle ear implants, laryngotracheal reconstruction, pituitary surgery, and branchial anomaly surgery). This training is not readily available within the CCT training programme in otolaryngology. The Fellowship will allow the trainee to gain the skills necessary to undertake a consultant job in paediatric ENT surgery.
The post follows a curriculum for specialist practice in paediatric ENT surgery. This includes domains of patient care and safety, knowledge of tertiary level paediatric ENT surgery, operative procedures in tertiary level paediatric ENT surgery, assessment and management of emergency paediatric ENT surgery conditions, communication skills, professionalism, teaching, research, and practice-based learning. This will be assessed by an initial, interim and final meeting with the educational supervisor and workplace based assessments throughout the Fellowship.
The Department has an international reputation for service development and research, and it is intended during the Fellowship that the Fellow will present in at least one international and national meeting, and publish at least two papers in peer-review journals. There are strong links with the University of Liverpool and the Trust Research Department which has MRC funding. Mr Adam Donne acts as the Research Lead for the department, and there are weekly departmental meetings to ensure that all the trainees and Fellow are on track with their research and audit projects.
The Fellowship has a formal quality assurance/review process that involves an initial, interim and final meeting with the educational supervisor and workplace based assessments throughout the Fellowship. More informally throughout the Fellowship, the Fellow has an opportunity to have discussions with any of the Faculty. At the end of the Fellowship, the Fellow is able to leave formal written feedback, which helps to develop the Fellowship in the future, and indeed the timetable has been updated after previous feedback from past Fellows.
It is anticipated that the Fellow will undertake at least 500 operations during the course of the Fellowship in the field of Paediatric ENT surgery, including training the more junior specialty trainees. The Fellow will also engage in teaching medical students from the University of Liverpool, the specialty and foundation trainees, and help with organising the regional training days for the specialty trainees. It is intended during the Fellowship that the Fellow will present in at least one international and national meeting, and publish at least two papers in peer-review journals. The Fellow will also be expected to lead and deliver at least one service development project during the Fellowship. The Fellow will also learn more about management within the NHS by shadowing people at different levels of management and lead the registrars and be 1st point of contact for queries. The Fellow will also gain more tertiary level subspecialty experience through specialist clinics such as the Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) clinic, Airway clinic, Craniofacial clinic, Downs clinic, and Complex Breathlessness clinic.
The Fellowship is run by Mr Ravi Sharma, thus he acts as the point of contact for the Fellowship and is responsible and accountable for the post as the Educational Supervisor for the Fellow.
2015-2016: Mr Madhan Krishnan
2016-2017: Mr Salil Sood
2017-2018: Mr Sunil Sharma
2018-2019: Miss Grace Khong