Welcome to the training website for Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, serving as a portal for ENT Trainees and Trainers in HEE South West Severn.

The website provides dates for important meetings and training days. In addition to this it will aid the trainee’s professional development by providing educational presentations, information on examinations and fellowships. The ARCP process will also be facilitated through this website.


  • Severn PGME are responsible for the management of the Severn ENT Specialty Training Programme.
  • Mr Paul Tierney, Training Programme Director 
  • Trainees are accountable to the Severn PGME  who supervise training in their employing hospital irrespective of of their training number affiliation. e.g. a trainee with a Severn NTN number but working in Exeter is accountable to the Peninsula TPD during that hospital attachment.

The Education & Programme Manager – Susan House . Susan is responsible for recruitment and selection, quality monitoring, rotations, deanery representation on committees, and any changes to trainees personal data, ARCPS.



Otolaryngology Training

Otolaryngology is the third largest surgical specialty in the UK.

Otolaryngology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of the whole range of medical and surgical problems affecting the ear, nose and throat. There has been a trend towards specialisation within Otolaryngology. These areas of special interest do not have a separate specialty advisory committee (SAC) within the surgical collegiate structure

The areas of special interest in ORL at the time of writing are as follows:

  • Head and neck oncology
  • Benign head and neck surgery
  • Paediatric otorhinolaryngology
  • Otology
  • Neuro-otology
  • Skull base surgery
  • Medical rhinology
  • Surgical rhinology
  • Facial plastics
  • Phoniatrics
  • Cleft lip and palate

In addition trainees will be expected to pursue activities which support professional development, for example:

  • Academic ORL
  • Management
  • Education

Further information on training is available from the ISCP and ENTUK website.


Rotation Information

The Severn ENT rotations are typically 12 months in length. The changeover date is the first Wednesday in October  and the first Wednesday in April  (for trainees changing placements after 6 months). The hospitals on the Severn rotation are:

  • Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
  • University Hospitals Bristol 
  • Royal United Hospital, Bath
  • Great Western Hospital, Swindon
  • Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

It is anticipated that trainees will work at a minimum of three locations during their time in training.




The next ARCPs will be held on 17th  September 2021.  This will be virtual ARCP by Zoom or Teams.  (no trainees will be contacted on this date). All trainees will be offered feedback on the 11th September.  You will need to advise the EPM if you require feedback and book a time slot. 


Cut off date for all paperwork on ISCP is 3rd September 2021.