Training Programme Director: Sujata Kundu

Specialty Programme Coordinator: Trudie Heron


Why choose Otolaryngology?

Otolaryngology provides a wide range of practice including medical and surgical interventions. We have the perfect mix of major surgery and delicate microscopic and endoscopic procedures for both paediatric and adult patients.

As a trainee what can I expect from my training programme?

The six-year training programme involves rotation between the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, Sunderland Royal infirmary, Darlington Memorial Hospital and Cumberland Infirmary in carlisle. The rotation includes 6-12 months in the different firms in the hospital with 4 theatre sessions and 3 clinics every week. All trainees will have support to perform academic activities with access to Newcastle University.

Our training programme provides excellent training covering all the sub-specialties in Otolaryngology. We were the first region in the UK to provide simulation training on cadavers in the Northern Surgical Training Centre. We have 100% success rate in the intercollegiate exam from the first attempt. Most of our StRs elect to do post training fellowships in certain sub-specialties with excellent feedback. With the academic activities, most StRs won national and regional best papers or posters.

We are proud that we provide sub-speciality training with access to all the up to date equipment including 2 ROBOTS in Freeman Hospital and one ROBOT in Sunderland and James Cook


Information for Current Trainees

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Information for trainers and educators

Development and guidance on becoming a trainer, standards for trainers, essential documentation for clinical and educational supervision including guidance for GP trainers,  Trust and out-of-hours supervisors, plus news about the latest courses and conferences.


Potential Applicant

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