ENT UK has a central role in guiding and supporting ENT surgeons. Our editor Declan Costello caught up with Andrew Swift, who has just taken over the presidency of the organisation.
Having been involved with ENT UK for a number of years, Andrew says that taking on the presidency has been like “getting into a very familiar vehicle”. The organisation has changed considerably in recent years, in particular in its structure and professionalisation, and in the appointment of a dedicated general manager. Andrew says the team are sensitive to what members want, always aiming to benefit patients.
The team at ENT UK provided exemplary support for clinicians throughout the pandemic. Its regular updates and issuing of guidelines (in particular, on aerosol-generating procedures) were hugely helpful. Andrew says the last few years have been incredibly busy, but the team has come together brilliantly – to the extent of being recognised in the Association Excellence Awards 2022 for its support of members. Many of the documents produced by ENT UK have been used around the world.
Andrew's priorities as President are to keep the team functioning well and to build on the recent gains. He is keen to get people involved and to keep the organisation flexible and adaptable. In particular, he feels one of the strengths of ENT UK is its coverage of all ENT sub-specialties, something he wants to celebrate and encourage. He says the development of the Student and Foundation Doctors in Otolaryngology (SFO) group within ENT UK has resulted in many immensely talented students and junior doctors being attracted to ENT as a specialty.
You can watch the whole interview here and we will be keeping you up to date with developments at ENT UK in the coming years.
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