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Benchmarking for innovation in healthcare ­– an approach from 
Down Under and a gap in the 
National Health Service?

Benchmarking is a process of comparison between the performance characteristics of separate, often competing, organisations intended to enable each participant to improve its own performance [1]. Often, in healthcare, benchmarking is carried out by central government departments or regional agencies...

AAA (American Academy of Audiology) Annual Convention 2019

Report by Dr Erin C Schafer, PhD University of North Texas The American Academy of Audiology welcomed thousands of audiologists, students, industry representatives, and other hearing healthcare professions to AAA 2019 in Columbus, Ohio, for this year’s annual conference. The...

An overview of human factors in ENT and anaesthesia

James Bates and Chris Frerk are both passionate about how human factors science can improve safety in healthcare and have co-authored this article describing how communication, ergonomics and other non-technical skills are making operating theatres safer. There is no doubt...

Reflections on educational gatherings in the COVID era

The COVID pandemic has brought disruption and uncertainty for the organisers of medical conferences. ENT and audiology have always thrived on a healthy exchange of views and the sharing of knowledge across subspecialties and across national boundaries. Ray Clarke asked...

COVID-19: UCT-Africa Virtual ENT transcends academic silos

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a global catastrophe with far-reaching consequences felt across many fronts around the world. One such aspect is the training of the future generation of ENT surgeons. With routine elective activity curtailed, academic conferences cancelled, and...

European Audiologist of the Year Winner

Caring UK audiologist who went the extra mile wins major European award. A British Audiologist has been rewarded for her outstanding dedication to patient care with a prestigious European hearing industry award. Paula Cook of Aston Hearing in Amersham has...

12th Congress of the European Laryngological Society

In the run-up to the Royal wedding, laryngologists from around the world congregated in the heart of London for the 12th Congress of the European Laryngological Society (ELS). Following the previous meeting in 2016 in Genoa, Italy, this was the...

OSSEO 2019: 7th International Congress on Bone Conduction Hearing and Related Technologies

Report by: Brianna Kuzbyt, AuD, FAAA; University of Miami Ear Institute, Miami, FL USA The University of Miami welcomed over 600 clinicians, scientists, and researchers from 35 different countries to OSSEO 2019: 7th Annual International Congress on Bone Conduction Hearing...

Joint Meeting ENT Scotland and the North of England Otolaryngology Society

ENT Scotland Perspective Author: Michael Hopkins, Specialty Registrar in ENT, NHS Lothian, Scotland. May 2019 brought about the first joint meeting between the Scottish and North of England ENT societies in over 30 years. Held in the Royal College of...

BIHIMA (British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association) 2018: The Future of Hearing Technology

Report by David Maidment, Research Fellow, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), Nottingham, UK When I arrived at Edgbaston Cricket Ground for BIHIMA’s inaugural conference, it was difficult not to feel a buzz of excitement...

Santo Rhino II

Report by: Cem Meco, Professor, Ankara University, Turkey; Professor, Salzburg Paracelsus Medical School, Austria. The second edition of Santo-Rhino, the Santorini Sinus, Skull Base and Rhinoplasty Workshop and Consensus Meeting, took place in Santorini, Greece from the 26 - 28...

IFOS 2021: imagining inspirational continuing professional development

If you expect a virtual presentation to be the same as an in-person presentation, just without the live person in front of you, then you have no imagination. Irrespective of the challenges facing us currently with meeting in person during...