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Ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery

There are 330,000 admissions to ENT departments every year, 76% of which are elective. Around 17% of the elective work relates to tonsillectomy (43,000 admissions). There are also 2.8m outpatient attendances, including 960,000 outpatient procedures.

The GIRFT review of ENT services in England examined ways to deliver improvements for patients through shorter stays, fewer admissions, fewer repeat visits and potentially shorter waiting times. The report was written by Andrew Marshall, a consultant ENT surgeon at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, and published in 2019.

In October 2021, Andrew retired from his role as GIRFT clinical lead for ENT surgery and Francis (Frank) Stafford, a consultant ENT and head and neck surgeon at the South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, was appointed to the role.

Francis Stafford

ENT Clinical Lead

Francis (Frank) is a consultant ENT and head and neck surgeon at the South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, having trained in the north of England, Scotland and the USA. His first consultant post was in Aberdeen in 1989 and since then he has held substantive consultant posts in Sunderland, Newcastle, Chelmsford and Abu Dhabi, with stints in Egypt, Dubai and Barbados.

He is currently (2022) Chair of the Otolaryngology Surgical Specialty Board of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), and a member of ENTUK Council and ENTUK head and neck group. He was formerly the Chair of the complex head and neck clinical reference group (CRG) and a member of the specialised cancer surgery CRG. He has also acted as advisor to NICE and National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) and is a regional advisor in ENT to the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Andrew Marshall
Report author and former ENT clinical lead

Andrew has been a consultant ENT surgeon at Nottingham University Hospitals since 2006. An expert in implantation otology and paediatric ENT, Andrew has an interest in medical management and service improvement. He has been both head of service and clinical director for head and neck services in his trust.

Andrew sits on the council of the section of otology at the Royal Society of Medicine, is past treasurer of the British Cochlear Implant Group, and sits on the clinical reference group for specialised ear surgery and ophthalmology. After specialist training on the South Trent ENT rotation, Andrew undertook a skull base and cochlear implant fellowship at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.

In October 2021, Andrew retired from his role as GIRFT clinical lead for ENT surgery.

Increase in day case surgery would improve care for ENT patients

Both patients and hospital trusts will benefit if more ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery in England is carried out as a day case, according to GIRFT’s national report for ENT.

The GIRFT review of ENT services visited 126 units across the country and found that thousands more people could be treated on a day case basis rather than having an overnight stay in hospital. Through a series of recommendations and by sharing the good practice of units with higher-than-average day case rates, GIRFT aims to:

  • ensure more patients are treated without the worry or inconvenience of a stay in hospital;
  • make ENT departments more resilient to pressures on beds;
  • allow trusts to free up beds for use by other specialties.

In January 2020, GIRFT published its national speciality report for ENT:

Click above to view the pdf report

Watch the video about the ENT report…

Click above to play the ENT national report video

Ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery Academy Resources