Report by: Jessica Watson, SHO Otolaryngology, Leeds General Infirmary
The North of England Otolaryngology society welcomed guests to its annual autumn conference, held at the National Coal Mining Museum for England. The day celebrated the knowledge and success of society members from high profile ENT surgeons to upcoming juniors within the specialty, delivering an intellectually stimulating, highly interactive day with a focus on mass audience participation.
Mr Sinnappa Gunersakaran, ENT Consultant at Wakefield Pinderfields hospital, opened the event. The day then began with a presentation providing a deeper insight into NHS pensions and taxation. A live debate followed discussing whether all ENT surgeons should be competent at mastoid surgery. This sparked many exciting discussions debating the definition of competence, the need for on-call consultant surgeons to be competent at the surgery, the level of ENT surgeon, and the insight to ask colleagues for help. A live Delphi study followed, with audience participation key to developing research focused on the skills and competencies a new ST3 should possess.
Five selected society members delivered exceptional presentations late morning. One particular delegate Stefan Linton, Clinical Fellow at Manchester Royal Infirmary provided an excellent presentation, ‘Necrotising Otitis Externa: Four theories behind the 15-year astronomic rise of this uncommon infection.’ The presentation generated great interest within the audience producing many exciting discussions. Mr Linton was awarded the prize of best oral presentation at the conference.
Mr Stefan Linton the oral presentation winner alongside Mr John Frewer, President of the North of England Otolaryngology society.
The afternoon welcomed a plethora of knowledge from ENT surgeons highly recognised within their specialist field. Professor Yogesh Bajaj, of Barts and Royal London Hospital shared his wealth of experience on paediatric airways for ENT generalists. Using historical cases and videos the audience gained a deeper understanding into recognising and managing Paediatric airways. Professor David Hogg, of the University of Leeds delivered a lecture on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. This vastly evolving area highlighted the progression of medicine over the years, and the exhilarating opportunities to come. Mr James Moor, Head and Neck Consultant of Leeds General Infirmary, continued to discuss the progressive nature of surgery with a talk on, ‘Robots in ENT Theatres: Meet the surgical slave’. The Stell lecturer Mr Paul Pracy, Head and Neck Consultant of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, gave an interesting insight into life as an ENT consultant, continuous professional development, and maintaining passion for the specialty.
Miss Pooja Bijoor the poster presentation winner with Mr John Frewer, President of the North of England Otolaryngology society.
The conference concluded with a presentation from the winner of the North of England Innovation Award, Miss Grace Khong, of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Liverpool.’ The award for best poster went to Miss Pooja Bijoor, ST7 at the Leeds General Infirmary, and Carissa Jacobs won the prize for best presentation by a medical student. Ending the day on a high celebrating the success of the society’s members, and the committee member’s hard work at producing a truly enjoyable conference. We look forward to the Annual Spring conference to be held in Newcastle 2020.
Miss Carissa Jacobs, the student presentation winner with Mr John Frewer, President of the North of England Otolaryngology society.