Event Details
Date: 4 July 2018 - 6 July 2018

Location name: Manchester, UK

Location address: Manchester Central, Petersfield, Manchester, M2 3GX, UK

Tel: +44 (0)20 8977 7997

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It was a fabulous BACO, with three days full of exciting topics and innovative ideas, but all good things must come to an end. The Organising Committee for BACO 2018 would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this BACO such a great success. We hope you have enjoyed it and we have met your expectations. From all of us to all of you a very big Thank you.From left, Vin Paleri, Neil Tolley, Brian Bingham, Valerie Lund, Catherine Spinou, Tim Woolford, Carl Philpott & Stephen PowellVin Paleri, Neil Tolley, Brian Bingham, Valerie Lund, Catherine Spinou, Tim Woolford, Carl Philpott and Stephen Powell

A Consultant’s perspective by Archana Soni-Jaiswal, Consultant Otolaryngology and Rhinology, Manchester Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK

A real highlight from this year’s conference was the insightful, thought-provoking plenary session delivered by Professor Michael Marmot, discussing health inequalities between different social groups but also different countries. This was followed by an excellent presentation by Professor Richard Orlandi from Utah, USA, on delivering high quality surgical care in the face of austerity and budget cuts, something we are all facing in our daily NHS practice.

I had the opportunity to attend sessions run by the GPwSI in ENT group and it was encouraging to see the enthusiasm of the group. It was also interesting to attend sessions run by the Indian Society of Otolaryngology, showcasing an alternate view.

The disco night on the Thursday evening was excellent fun and an opportunity for everyone to let their hair down. The street food was yum and the band excellent. It was fabulous catching up with old friends and making new acquaintances.

Prof Nirmal Kumar and Archana Soni-JaiswalProf Nirmal Kumar and Archana Soni-Jaiswal 


ENT trainee perspective by Maha Khan, ST5, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK.

My journey began with the conference app. This detailed sessions, posters, skills modules and social programmes. The time spent crafting my programme was invaluable!

‘Top Three’

1. Cadaveric dissection telesessions.

The very first talk was worth the dawn chorus alarm and peak train. Meticulous dissections with particular instruction led me to forget the lecture hall. Instead, I discovered an engaging theatre list with nonpareil trainers teaching neck access, sphenopalatine artery ligation and cortical mastoidectomy. Feeling more confident, I looked forward to being on-call!

2. Clinical skills.

Of the 12 modules, I attended the Voxel-man simulator where I performed mastoid surgery on a variety of anatomical variables. Encouraged by my trainer, I developed ability and confidence. I taught cortical mastoidectomy to students and foundation doctors on an augmentation reality simulator. Delegates hadn’t used this before but quickly appreciated the anatomy and dissection and were impressed by the 3D fidelity and haptic feedback.

3. Meeting people.

Trainees from India became friends as we chatted over espresso. I taught students nervously relocating to begin their careers in our region. I met trainees sharing my passion for global ENT care. At the BOARS session, I met colleagues keen to work with INTEGRATE. At party night I met friends new, old, and even some who have known me since infancy!

In three days I developed skills, taught future otolaryngologists, and enjoyed an evening of dinner and dancing. Bring on 2020!


Junior doctor perspective by Harry Spiers, Academic Foundation Doctor, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK.

BACO 2018 brought together more than 1300 healthcare professionals, students, patients and carers from over 45 countries, in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. The programme catered to the needs and interests of the entire delegation, with phenomenal guest speakers, an outstanding exhibition from the sponsors, and an exceptional academic programme.

Each day provided brilliant educational talks delivered by distinguished faculty from across the world, giving an international perspective on many current issues in ENT. BACO was made so valuable by the sheer range of topics on offer, covering the breadth and depth of every subspecialty. This allowed an excellent overview of areas of ENT that medical students are not often exposed to, such as facial plastics, all whilst allowing us to further our knowledge in areas of particular prestanding interest. For those junior trainees interested in academia, there were numerous talks ranging from setting up clinical trials to engaging with research as a student, providing advice and guidance for moving forward.

It was extremely encouraging to attend the ENT undergraduate symposium addressing the diminishing time afforded to ENT in the saturated medical school curriculum. A series of interesting talks and debates looked at new and innovative ways being employed to engage with medical students and involve them in ENT early. Moving forward, it is imperative we capture the interest of students and support them, and it is wonderful to see so many people passionately doing this already.

SFO Clinical Skills Stations

SFO Clinical Skills Stations

The Student and Foundation doctors in Otolaryngology (SFO) Clinical Skills Centre was a particular highlight, teaching skills from grommet insertion to epistaxis management, as well as providing portfolio guidance. The centre allowed junior trainees to learn and practise new skills, whilst showcasing the wide range of procedures that the ENT surgeon must master. Overall, BACO 2018 engaged with juniors, developing our interests and providing opportunities for collaboration and learning, and allowed us to network at an international level. In three days I developed skills, learnt from leading otolaryngologists and enjoyed a very full social programme. Bring on BACO 2020!


International delegate perspective by Mr Raghu Kumar, Consultant in Neurotology, Implants & Skull Base Surgery, Madras ENT Research Foundation, Chennai, India. 

India and Brazil were special guest countries invited to BACO, where representation from over 40 countries made it a truly international event. This global theme was evident throughout the meeting. I was happy to be among the 30-member Indian delegation on behalf of the Indian Academy of ENT (IAOHNS). Three Indian delegates were awarded Prakash Narula travelling fellowships. For many of us senior delegates who had trained in the UK, including myself, it was an exciting time to revisit. We were all surprised by the Manchester weather, reminiscent of an Indian summer!

The Brazilian ORL-HNS society highlighted the latest advancements from the southern hemisphere. The Indian Academy hosted two symposia: ‘Affordable advanced technology and surgery in the Indian subcontinent’ and ‘Fellowships in India and a pathway for developing an overseas exchange program for UK and Indian trainees.’ The latter evoked considerable interest among UK trainees. The Indian panellists highlighted the fact that India is an exciting venue to do a post-CCT level subspecialty fellowship, as there are now state-of-the-art institutes available offering hands-on training. With a population of 1.3 billion, the Indian healthcare industry has a high volume of cases with a spectrum of unique pathology, which offers a lifetime of experience to relish in a fellowship year. This idea seemed feasible with support from Prof Nirmal Kumar, President-elect of ENT UK and Mr Jeremy Davis, SAC chair in otolaryngology both speaking on ways to navigate the UK rules for a certified fellowship in India. The future is in establishing a formal exchange programme as a joint effort from ENT UK and IAOHNS, which will benefit trainees from both countries.

Speakers at the IAOHNS symposium on Fellowship Programs - L to R: Sunil Dutt, Ameet Kishore, Jeremy Davis, Raghu Kumar, Ashok Shenoy, Prathamesh Pai, Nirmal Kumar, Mohan Kameswaran and Vijaya Krishnan

I was happy to host two instructional courses with my colleagues Prof Mohan Kameswaran and Prof Sunil Dutt on cochlear implantation in ossified cochlea, and paediatric auditory brainstem implantation, which were well received. The Indian contingent, many of them being ardent fans of Manchester United FC, were excited to attend the stadium tour and the gala banquet dinner which also included authentic Indian and Brazilian food! Overall BACO 2018 was an enjoyable and informative meeting, the standards have been set high for the hosts of next BACO 2020 in Birmingham. I am sure there will be a big international delegation attending it!

The Prakash Narula BACO travelling Fellowship Awardees form India (Jerry Jacob, Avani Jain & Neha Shakrawal) with the Faculty of the IAOHNS symposium

The Prakash Narula BACO travelling Fellowship Awardees form India (Jerry Jacob, Avani Jain & Neha Shakrawal) with the Faculty of the IAOHNS symposium


WENTS at BACO by Paula Coyle, President of WENTs, ST6 Otolaryngology, Luton & Dunstable University Hospital, Luton, UK

Women in ENT had a fantastic BACO 2018. We have really grown since our official launch in 2015. We hosted two successful events; on Wednesday night we hosted our networking event at The Manchester Refuge. Our own Els Warner dazzled us with statistics. Did you know only 14% of our ENT Consultants are female? Invited speaker, Check Warner, co-founder of @diversityvc, a not-for-profit partnership promoting diversity in Venture Capital, discussed achieving our potential with ideas from other industries.

Breakfast Meeting

The debate stimulated lots of ideas from the delegates to how we can better support women in surgery. On Thursday morning 50 delegates joined us for our breakfast meeting.

Helen Cocks at WENTS Breakfast Meeting

Helen Cocks talked about being a Lady Estelle Wolfson emerging leaders fellow. Scarlett McNally spoke to us about achieving equality in surgery and avoiding unconscious bias. Finally, Abi Walker and Alex Evans talked about their experiences of LTFT, allowing them to have the work life balance that allowed them to be the best version of themselves. We had a successful conference and would like to thank DP Medical and WinS for their sponsorship. Also, Elinor Warner, Tanya Ta, Natalie Watson and Claire Hopkins for their support. If you would like to join, please email us.

Email: ukwents@gmail.com                                  Twitter: @UKWENTs


Looking forward to BACO 2020

Professor Gerry O'DonoghueProfessor Gerry O’Donoghue, Consultant Otologist, Cochlear Implant and Skull Base Surgeon in Nottingham, UK, will be Master of BACO 2020. We caught up with him to find out more.

Tell us a bit about what you have in store for us at BACO 2020 in Birmingham.

Birmingham is a very vibrant city that has undergone huge transformation in recent years. It is a city that is easy to access and it has a wonderful conference centre which I am sure will add to the participant experience.

We are casting the net wide for BACO 2020 and extending an invitation to our colleagues in America through the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and of course we are also inviting our Canadian colleagues. I think this will be hugely beneficial to everyone.

BACO, of course, isn’t confined to our North American friends. We are BACO International, and BACO is open to the world. We also want otolaryngologists, audiologists, speech and language therapists, and nurses involved in otolaryngology to come and join us; they will be incredibly welcome.

So BACO 2020 welcomes you with open arms?

Absolutely, that’s the message. Wherever you may be, whatever your involvement might be with the specialty, you’ll find an audience and colleagues.

Rumour has it that there might be some awards happening at BACO 2020?

I think on this side of the Atlantic we’ve not been as ready to recognise people’s efforts on behalf of our specialty. That includes otolaryngologists, audiologists, speech and language therapists, colleagues in public health; all of whom contribute in one way or another to our specialty and to our patients. We want to recognise these people with the giving of some awards. Most importantly, it’s recognition of the very considerable efforts that many people in our specialty put in that sometimes may go unrecognised; we want to correct that a little bit at BACO 2020.

So there you have it everybody, a real Irish welcome awaits you in Birmingham in BACO 2020. Keep in touch with ENT & Audiology News and ENT UK for all the latest news and updates in the run up to the event.

Professor Gerry O’Donoghue, Master of BACO 2020, interviewed by Team ENT & Audiology News

Professor Gerry O’Donoghue, Master of BACO 2020, interviewed by ENT & Audiology News