Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery

The GIRFT national report on ENT surgery has now been published.

Click here to download the report

Click here to watch a short video about the report (click here to view full screen)

In January 2020, GIRFT held an event at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust to showcase the report. Watch our short highlights video here. The audience heard examples of good practice from NUH and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust – to see how the OUH GP Referral Unit is helping to reduce ENT admissions, click here


You can contact the project manager for this workstream at [email protected]

Clinical lead: Francis Stafford

Consultant ENT and head and neck surgeon at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

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.

Report author and former clinical lead: Andrew Marshall

Consultant ENT surgeon at Nottingham University Hospitals

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.