BRS & Olympus Advanced Rhinology Training Programme

Olympus, with the support of BRS, is delighted to offer an exciting opportunity to BRS members. This programme is designed for trainee ENT surgeons that are in their last years of training (ST6-8 trainees) and Non Career Grade Clinicians who wish to augment their rhinology surgery experience. Presented by a distinguished faculty, this comprehensive immersion training will be delivered in London in a concentrated day of lectures and panel discussions, followed by two days of cadaveric training in Newcastle and continued by delegates visiting the trainers’ hospital for peer to peer training on selected rhinology and skull base cases. A final presentation day will be held at the Olympus Head Office in Southend on Sea. The programme philosophy is to provide intensive hands-on training and to ensure that, during all Wet Labs and Clinical Sessions there will be a maximum of two delegates to one faculty member.

This programme will be awarded by competitive selection; delegates should be clinicians with rhinology skills commensurate with a level of ST6-8, show evidence of commitment to rhinology surgery and provide a supporting statement from your Training Programme Director or supervising Consultant ENT Surgeon. Delegates will be selected by a convened BRS committee. Participants must be BRS members and are expected to attend all modules of the programme.

Day 1 Theory day 5th Dec 2019 Guys and St Thomas’ Education and Training Centre This one day course will comprise lectures & expert panel discussions. A programme dinner will conclude the day.
Day 2/3 Procedure Lectures and Skills Training 6 Jan & 7 Jan 2020 Newcastle Surgical Training Centre Anatomy and dissection on a cadaveric model (training ratio of 2:1 per station) in a high quality surgical training centre.
Day 4/5 Live Surgery Peer to Peer Training between 3 Feb and 16 Mar 2020 NHS Teaching Hospitals Each delegate will attend the respective NHS hospital of two faculty members (on a 2:1 ratio) to observe live surgery.
Day 6 Presentation day 23rd Mar 2020 KeyMed House Half day compromising of delegate presentations on the learning journey, company tour, product training, awards and a review of the programme.

This is an intensive residential immersion course and delegates will be required to accept a commitment to the complete programme. Throughout the training, travel, meals during the course and accommodation will be supported by Olympus. Travel subsistence is the responsibility of the delegates. Travel and accommodation will be booked by Olympus within the Olympus expenses guidelines and within appropriate time scales.

How do I register?

If you are a) ST6+ or b) a NCG and know you are committed to a Rhinology career then you should apply for this training programme.

Applications should be emailed to the BRS Secretary at mail@britishrhinologicalsociety.org.uk. Applications should comprise a two page CV, a letter of recommendation from your Training Programme Director (Trainees) / Supervising ENT Consultant (NCGs) in PDF format and a supporting statement explaining why you should be considered for this training programme (250 words maximum).

Important Note

Delegates when applying must have approval from their Trust to attend this programme and have the relevant study leave approved in principle. Delegates must be available for all of the above dates. Attendance at all modules is mandatory.

Closing date for registration is 5pm on Monday 23rd September 2019.

Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 7th October 2019.


Programme Director:Mr Sean Carrie
Co-Directors: Prof Claire Hopkins, Mr Rajiv Bhalla, Mr Russell Cathcart
2019 Faculty: Mr Shahzada Ahmed, Mr Peter Andrews, Mr Iain Hathorn, Mr Sam Leong & Mr Shahzada Ahmed
Olympus Programme Administrator: Hayley Newbury