Dear Colleagues,

It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you that our esteemed colleague Thiaga Nadaraja passed away today.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Nash Patil
10 March 2019

Kilkenny Convention centre, Lyrath Estate Hotel, Dublin Road, Lyrath, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland.
Wilde Discourser:
Prof. Johannes Zenk from Augsburg, Germany.
Keynote Speaker:
Haytham Kubba from Glasgow, Scotland.
Pre-conference Golf:
Gowran Park on Thursday 10th at 12 noon

Launch of the Model of Care Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery: a model of care for Ireland”

7th February 2019: Dr Vida Hamilton, National Clinical Advisor and Group Lead, Acute Operations HSE, along with the National Clinical Programme in Surgery, has today officially launched the Model of Care Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery: a model of care for Ireland at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

The National Clinical Programme in Surgery (NCPS) is an initiative of the HSE and RCSI. An important role of NCPS is defining the standards of care that should apply to surgical care in Irish hospitals. To supplement previously published models of care (Model of Care for Acute Surgery, NCPS, 2013 and Model of Care for Elective Surgery, NCPS, 2011), the NCPS today (Thursday 7th February) launches, “Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery: a model of care for Ireland” authored by Professor Michael Walsh, Clinical Advisor in Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at NCPS.

Deborah McNamara, Co-Lead NCPS: “The development of specialty models of care is the next step in defining best practice. It allows a deeper understanding of the range of activity delivered by specialist services and of areas where there are unmet needs. It is also an opportunity for each specialty in surgery to define how the multidisciplinary surgical workforce can best deliver the care required by Irish patients, taking into consideration the new ways of working that are now the standard of care. Improvement of surgical services will require specialties to consider new ways of working, including the migration of some procedures towards ambulatory treatment instead of inpatient care. New technology has the potential to change not only the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that can be performed, but also the way that surgeons communicate with patients, interdisciplinary team members, colleagues in the community and their fellow surgeons. The starting point for the development of specialty models of care must remain the needs of Irish patients and our responsibility to ensure that these services are accessible, safe, equitable and of high quality.”

Prof John Hyland, Co-Lead NCPS, “Models of care are an extension of existing practice in hospital and community care, and are essential for efficiency of service. System services to schedule rehabilitation, optimization of comorbidity management, and pre-operative anaesthetic assessment are all essential for modern practice, with efficient use of community, general practice and hospital facilities.”

The Model of Care Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery: a model of care for Ireland is available for download at

NATIONAL CLINICAL PROGRAMME IN SURGERY The National Clinical Programmes represent a strategic initiative between the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) Quality and Clinical Care Directorate and the various post-graduate training bodies. The programmes aim to design and implement change initiatives to improve and standardise the quality of care and access for all patients in a cost-effective manner. The Programmes are structured with broad cross-functional input and with clinical leadership being provided by the training bodies to ensure that the patient remains at the centre of any change recommendation.

All National Clinical programmes share three core objectives:

  • To improve the quality of patient care delivered to all HSE patients
  • To improve access to appropriate services
  • To improve cost effectiveness

The aim of the National Clinical Programmes in Surgery is to provide a framework for the delivery of safer, more timely and accessible, more cost effective and efficient care for the surgical patient. The NCPS works closely with the Clinical Programmes in Anaesthesia, Acute and Emergency Medicine, Older Persons and Critical Care among others, as well as with colleagues throughout the HSE, patient advocacy groups and all relevant stakeholders across the health system.

The National Surgery Programmes report directly to the RCSI Committee for Surgical Affairs (CSA) and to the Director of Clinical Strategy and Programmes Directorate in the HSE. While the National Programme set out to be generic at the outset, it now includes other surgical programmes such as Trauma and Orthopaedics and also sub-specialty advisors including General Surgery, Urology, Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and Vascular Surgery with the aspiration that other subspecialties will, in time, have representation coordinated through the National Office.

At the launch (from left to right):
President of RCSI Mr Ken Mealy, Co-Lead of the National Clinical Programme in Surgery (NCPS), Professor John Hyland, Co-Lead of the National Clinical Programme in Surgery (NCPS), Professor Deborah McNamara, Professor Michael Walsh ENT Clinical to the NCPS (MOC Author), Ms Camilla Carroll ENT Consultant, National Lead for Primary Care ENT Education and Ms Laura Viani ENT Consultant

Mr Martin Donnelly, ENT Consultant ENT & ENT Trainer for Primary Care ENT Education, Professor Nash Patil, ENT Consultant & ENT Trainer for Primary Care ENT Education, Professor Michael Walsh, Mr Ken Mealy, President RCSI, Dr Vida Hamilton, NCAGL Acute Hospitals HSE, Professor John Hyland, Co-Lead of the National Clinical Programme in Surgery (NCPS), Professor Rory McConn Walsh ENT Consultant

National Hearing Implant and Research Centre / Beaumont Hospital on 4 April

Professor Laura Viani with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the opening of the National Hearing Impland and Research Centre / Beaumont Hospital on 4 April

Joint Meeting of ENT Scotland and the North of England Otolaryngology Society

Joint Meeting of ENT Scotland and the North of England Otolaryngology Society
Date: 9 th 10 th of May 2019
Venue: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Preview: Mr Ray Clarke, President, North of England Otolaryngology Society

The imposing Edinburgh Castle forms the backdrop to the city which will play host to the first joint meeting between ENT Scotland and the North of England Otolaryngology Society, and what a good prospect it looks! Both societies have a long tradition of excellent meetings, with an emphasis on topics of interest to trainees and established specialists alike.

As well as the traditional presentations from juniors including a lively poster session, guest speakers include Professor Janet Wilson (Newcastle) who will enlighten us about why clinical trials and QI are everybody's business. Professor Laura Viani (Dublin) will deliver the Stell Memorial lecture recounting her experience as a pioneer of cochlear implant surgery in Ireland. Other speakers include David Morris (Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia), Peter Bull (Sheffield), Jeremy McMahon (Glasgow).

The academic sessions will be held in the newly refurbished Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), a truly superb venue with state-of-the art facilities. Delegates can stay at the adjacent hotel, Ten Hill Place, at a specially discounted rate. The conference dinner is in the splendid setting of the RCSEd historic buildings, with an after-dinner address by the celebrated Professor Richard Ramsden, a Scot by birth and a Past-President of the North of England Otolaryngology Society.

The Presidents, Mr Ray Clarke (North of England Otolaryngology Society), and Mr Paul White (ENT Scotland) are keen to welcome delegates, young and not so young, to Edinburgh for this superb educational and networking event where you will also enjoy Scotland’s legendary hospitality.

For booking details and abstract submission guidelines, please contact or Abstract submission deadline 28 th Feb 2019

Edinburgh Castle

Mr. Nash Patil, Professor Rory McConn Walsh and Professor James Paul O'Neill at the RCSI House of Lords Reception, February 2019

CEORL-HNS 2019 Early Registration Deadline on March 6

The Early Registration Deadline for the 2019 Congress of European ORL-HNS
is on March 25
. You can save yourselves a lot of money by booking your attendance before the deadline. Attendance is especially good value for your young colleagues (below 35 years of age). We’ve put together an exciting program in a magical city that you wouldn’t want to miss.

You can register here:

There is also a group discount (buy 10 registrations, get the 11th free) in case you are part of a larger crowd from your region or institution.

Irish Otolaryngology Training Programme RCSI

A series of training videos developed by Ms Mona Thronton brought to you by the Irish Institute of Otorhinolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

View the entire series HERE