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ENT National Clinical Programme wins Best Educational Project in Primary Care at recent Irish Healthcare Awards

The National Clinical Programme for ENT Education in Primary Care was awarded the Best Educational Project for 2018 in Primary Care, at the recent Irish Healthcare Awards in October. Ms Camilla Carroll, the National Clinical Lead, in collaboration with Professor Nash Patil at Sligo University Hospital and Mr Martin Donnelly at Waterford University Hospital trained 60 primary care healthcare professionals in the technique of ear suctioning.

The aim of this integrated care programme is to develop a national network of credentialed primary care practicitoners, empowered to deliver an adult ear - suction service for common ear conditions in a primary care setting. The patient maintains their connection with their primary care provider and this re-directed delivery of care would have a significant impact on reducing the demand for ENT OPD services, freeing-up the hospital based ENT surgeon to see, treat and manage patients with more complex conditions.

The pilot programme was funded by the HSE, through the National Clinical Programme in Surgery. It is envisaged that 1,200 patients will have been treated in the primary care setting, upon completion of this pilot programme, by March 2019. These patients would previously have had to attend a hospital based ENT Surgeon for delivery of care.

This is estimated to be in the region of 32,000 patients per annum.

XXVIII Waterford Surgical October Meeting In Conjunction with
The Surgical Section of The Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland
Saturday 13th October 2018

This year the Waterford Surgical October meeting in conjunction with The Surgical Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland will take place on Saturday 13th October 2018.

The meeting will be held in the Health Sciences Building of the Waterford Institute of Technology. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Challenges in Reconstructive Surgery”. As usual the meeting will also include our Orthopaedic Colleagues who will have a specific research prize session and visiting guest speaker.

The faculty will also include:

  • Professor Paul O’Neill, Professor of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Beaumont Hospital
  • Mr. Barry O’Sullivan, Consultant Plastics and Reconstructive Surgeon, Beaumont Hospital
  • Mr. Seamus Murphy, Consultant General and Breast Surgeon, University Hospital Waterford
  • Mr. John Clegg, Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedics, Warwick University Medical School
  • Mr. Morgan McMonagle, Consultant General, Vascular and Trauma Surgeon, University Hospital Waterford
  • Professor Peter Neary, Professor of Surgical Oncology, University Hospital Waterford & UCC
  • Dr. Jacqui Stow, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine(POLAR Programme),National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dublin

This year’s “Gordon Watson Lecture” will be delivered by Ms. Fiona MacNeill, Consultant Breast Surgeon, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. She will talk on the issue of ‘Innovation and Patient Safety in Reconstruction’.

Ms. Jessie Elliott will deliver the “William O’Keeffe” Lecture and the meeting will include a research section for the “William O’Keeffe” Memorial Prize which will be awarded for the best original paper. Abstracts for the research session should be submitted to the Department of Postgraduate Surgery, HSE/ RCSI Education Facility, University Hospital Waterford via e-mail to jennie.oleary@hse.ie not later than Wednesday 22nd August 2018. There will also be prizes for the best full size general surgery poster and for the best full size orthopaedic poster on a wide spectrum of General Surgery and Orthopaedic issues. The closing date for these competitions is also the Wednesday 22nd August 2018.

We hope that this programme of events will be of interest to many surgeons. We look forward to seeing you in Waterford on Saturday 13th October 2018.

Yours sincerely

Professor K. Simon Cross MD., M.Med.Sci., FRCSI(Gen).,FRCS(Ed)
Senior Lecturer in Surgery RCSI & UCC
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
Chairman/Lead Clinician Dept. of General Surgery
University Hospital Waterford
Convenor Waterford Surgical October Meeting
Council Member RCSI

Mr. Gerrard O'Donoghue MD FRCSI (Gen Surg)
Consultant General Breast and Endocrine Surgery
Lead Surgeon South East Regional Breast Cancer Programme
University Hospital Waterford
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, RCSI

Mr. Joseph O’Beirne MB, MCh(Orth), FRCSI, FRCSEd(Orth)
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
University Hospital Waterford
Senior Lecture in Orthopaedics, RCSI
Council Member RCSI


Professor John Fenton has recently been appointed President of the Board of the UEMS ORL Section.

He takes over from Professor Ulrik Pedersen (Denmark).

We wish him all the very best in his new position!

Yours sincerely,

Nash Patil

Professor James Paul O’Neill and Professor Ian Frazer, HPV vaccine inventor, lecturing at the RCPI ‘An opportunity to eliminate HPV cancers

Dear Colleagues,

The North of England Otolaryngology Society meeting will take place in Liverpool on the 19th of October, and Ray Clarke (President) would love to welcome colleagues from Ireland! The event is to be held at the Liverpool Medical Institute, and Professor Terry Jones has already confirmed his talk - 'The Management of Oropharynx Cancer in the HPV Era'. The conference will also feature short papers, and Ray would very much welcome abstracts from our trainees. The program is currently being developed ... details are to be found at:


Do try and make it!


To Members IOSHNS

Dear Colleagues

It is with sadness we report the death of Professor Michael Cinnamond, retired Paediatric Otolaryngologist and former Professor of the Department of ENT, Belfast.

He is fondly remembered as an inspiring trainer who developed paediatric airway surgery in Northern Ireland and encouraged his trainees to look beyond these islands to fellowships in USA and Canada.
He supported trainees of all backgrounds before equality and diversity became fashionable. His dedication and commitment to his patients knew no bounds. He will be greatly missed by his former colleagues and trainees.

Cate Scally MD FRCS(ORL)
President IOHNS