Liverpool Head & Neck Centre



Monday 17th - Friday 21st March 2025

  • Head & Neck Reconstructive Surgery is a complex and highly technically challenging field central to effective management of oncologic and other defects. This is the only UK practical and theoretical microvascular course designed solely for, led by, and taught by head & neck surgeons

    This practical microvascular training course, now in its 33rd year, takes place in a new purpose-built facility. It integrates over 30 hours of hands-on surgery using a live femoral and epigastric vessel model with 15 hours of tutorials and lectures.

    Course Date: 17th – 21st March 2025

    Venue: University of Liverpool

    Course Director: Professor Richard Shaw & Professor Andrew Schache, OMFS, Aintree University Hospital and University of Liverpool

    Strictly limited to 10 delegate per course

    Early Bird Rate: £1800

    (£2000 after 1st Feb 2025)

    *The course is included in the EACMFS Educational Rolling Programme. After the course, a refund of 300 euros is available for each EACMFS Trainee Member attending this course. Please note that EACMFS membership of at least one year is required and only one application for an award, scholarship or grant is permitted each calendar year. Contact Essie Winer for EACMFS refund –

    Practical techniques


    Use of microscope & micro instruments    

    Suture handling & knots

    End-to-end venous couplers  

    End-to-end artery & vein  

    End-to-side artery & vein    

    Venous coupler


    Avoiding complications

    Flap monitoring

    Perforator & chimeric flaps

    Composite flaps

    DCIA & Scapula

    Reconstruction of mandible, maxilla and laryngopharynx



    All Home Office Licenses

    All instruments, sutures and consumables

    Breakfast, refreshments & lunch provided Monday – Friday 

    Course dinner at a top Liverpool Restaurant

    WBA signed up to ISCP


    National & International Faculty

    Faculty of five head & neck microvascular surgeons from a range of UK OMFS departments provide excellent faculty/delegate ratio

    Hotel at delegates’ expense, although several reasonable options can be recommended

    32 CME Credits & Certificate

To find out more, please contact:

Debbie Horne, LHNC Centre Manager,


Monday 22nd - Tuesday 23rd April 2024

  • This unique course is tailored to ENT doctors (Core Surgical Trainees, ST1 - ST7, Staff Grades, Associate Specialists, Clinical Fellows) who need training with nasal endoscopy, proper instrument handling and be equipped with the necessary building blocks to undertake endoscopic sinus surgery with finesse.

    The course aims to enhance existing competencies with particular emphasis on safe surgery for the maxillary, ethmoid and sphenoid sinuses. Unlike other courses, advanced frontal sinus (e.g. drillout) and endoscopic skull base surgery techniques are not covered in this course. Thus, the programme provides ample time for paced, structured learning as well as close interaction with experienced faculty to achieve professional development goals necessary for all ENT trainees and generalists.

    The course programme is mapped to the ISCP curriculum and includes up to 10 hours in the laboratory. Delegates will have an assigned trainer throughout the course and are expected to be assessed against relevant endoscopic sinus surgery simulated PBAs on the ISCP curriculum. Surgical dissection will be undertaken on PHACON Sinus models in the state-of-the-art Karl Storz Training Centre.

    To find out more about these bespoke models, click here. The course is limited to 14 hands-on spaces and due to the unique nature of this course, early registration is recommended.

    Key features

    • One dissector per work station

    • Work stations equipped with high-definition camera, endoscope and microdebrider

    • Each model provides two nasal sides for practice

    • ENTUK CPD credits (pending

    Course fee:
    Hands-on dissector £615
    Course fee includes refreshments and lunch on both days. Hotel charges are not included

  • This course is now closed. To register your interest for the 2025 course (29th030th April 2025) and be put on the waiting list please contact LHNC Centre Manager Debbie Horne

Hands-on Introductory Course to Head and Neck Surgery - UMC Utrecht

Thursday 13th June 2024 - 15th June 2024

  • The course is designed for senior residents, fellows and young staff members in Ear-Nose-Throat Surgery or Maxillo-Facial Surgery, with topics on work-up, multidisciplinary management and follow-up of head and neck cancer patients.

    Location: UMC Utrecht Cancer Center

Supportive and Palliative Care in Head and Neck Cancer

Friday 21st June 2024

  • Update on current palliative management strategies for H&N cancer

    Ethical considerations and decision making in nutrition and airway management for patients with a palliative diagnosis

    Available support and resources for patients with complex symptoms


    Professor Christian Ottensmeier - Professor Immuno-Oncology
    Dr Anoop Haridass - Consultant Clinical Oncologist
    Dr Dan Monnery - Clinical Lead Palliative and Supportive Care
    Vikki-Lee Birchenough - Homeless Palliative Care Service Lead
    Professor Jo Patterson - Professor of Speech and Language Therapy
    Dr Catriona Mayland - Senior Clinical Lecturer & Honorary Consultant in Palliative Medicine

    Fees: £40 - this also covers lunch and refreshments

    Registration: 08:30

    Finishing: 16:00

To find out more, please contact:

Rachel Brooker

Introduction to LASERs in ENT Course

Friday 5th July 2024

  • In association with

    The Fourth Introduction to Lasers Course. This one-day specialty craft course offers a broad overview of lasers in ENT, with particular focus on transoral laser surgery. There are twelve candidate places in total. The day will be divided into short lectures as well as practical sessions. Candidates will have a chance to use a CO2 laser on laryngeal models in the operating theatre and there will also be a human factors element to the course. The course will include laser safety certification, which is a requirement for ENT CCT.

    Example course timetable:
    The physics of lasers
    Principles of laser safety
    Use of lasers in: otology; rhinology; head and neck cancer; laryngology/airway
    Practical laser safety
    Clinical human factors simulation
    Hands-on use of the CO2 and KTP lasers


    Most relevant for ST3-ST8 and Peri-CCT Fellows in ENT and OMFS; all grades welcome.


    £140 per attendee

LHNC International Head & Neck Lymphoedema Study Day 2024

Tuesday 23rd July 2024 - 09:30 hrs - 16:40 hrs

  • Suitable for a multi-disciplinary audience, the day will focus on multi-dimensional assessment and management of head and neck lymphoedema.

    Places available in person or online.  

    Optional workshop is included  in the fees on Monday 22nd July 2024 for those attending in person.

    Lunch and refreshments are included in the fees for people attending in person.

    This full study day will include the following speakers:

    Prof Cherith Semple - Professor of Clinical Nursing, Ulster University

    Alison Smith - Highly Specialist SLT, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

    Prof Heather Starmer - Dept of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Stanford University, USA

    Prof Jo Patterson - Professor of SLT, LHNC, University of Liverpool

    Mr Jason Fleming - Consultant Head & Neck/Thyroid Surgeon, Senior Clinical Lecturer, LHNC, University of Liverpool

    Prof Joani Christensen - Assistant Professor, The University of Texas MD Anderson Center

    Ms Holly McMillan Senior Speech Language Pathologist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Section of Speech Pathology & Audiology, The University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Centre

    Ms Emma Gwynne - Specialist Lymphoedema Therapist, Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Course Fee: £85

    In person - includes lunch, refreshments and optional 1/2 day workshop on Monday 22nd July 2024.

Global Oral Cancer Diploma

Applications are open for the first global cohort

  • AO CMF, in collaboration with the International Academy for Oral Oncology (IAOO), proudly present the Global Oral Cancer Diploma – an advanced online program designed to provide professionals like yourself with a standardized, evidence-based knowledge platform for the effective treatment and management of oral cancer cases.

    Program starts:

    • August 31, 2024: Welcome session - online (60 minutes)

    • December 15, 2024 – January 15, 2025 (Winter break) 10 online Zoom sessions for 90 minutes each

    • (Saturdays, 12 – 1 pm CET)

    Program ends on June 22, 2025


    • CHF 100 administration fee

    • CHF 2,000 early bird fee

    • CHF 2,400 tuition fee after April 8, 2024

The Liverpool Hands-On Transoral Laser Microsurgery for Head & Neck Cancer Course

Tuesday 17th – Wednesday 18th September 2024

  • The Liverpool Head and Neck Centre is proud to host an intensive two-day course which aims to provide an in-depth theoretical and practical overview of transoral laser treatment for tumours of the larynx and pharynx. This course is suitable for consultants and higher surgical trainees in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

    This course will teach participants transoral laser microsurgery (TLM) using the CO2 laser on Thiel soft-fix cadaveric specimens. Participants will be taught TLM techniques for cancers of the glottic larynx, supraglottic larynx, tonsil, base of tongue and hypopharynx using a variety of laryngoscopes and high powered microscopes with the CO2 laser micro-manipulators. There will be 2 dissectors per Thiel cadaver.

    This course will consist of lectures and expert panel discussions on the first day, while the second day focuses on instructional sessions and supervised cadaver dissection. The course will be held at the Human Anatomy Resource Centre at the University of Liverpool.

    The course fee is £1100 for dissectors, and £400 for observers (includes Medical Laser Safety Training certificate, refreshments, lunch and a course dinner on Tuesday 17th September).

    The course is limited to 10 dissectors and 10 observers, and early booking is advised.

    Feedback from previous courses

    "Excellent faculty to delegate ratio"

    "Interesting clinical discussions"

    "Fantastic course, faculty were all extremely approachable and engaging and clearly experts in their field. The faculty ratio of 1:1 made for a much higher yield learning environment and really helped me get to grips with the nuances of the various procedure. Excellent facilities also and being able to see what my dissection partner was doing on a large screen meant I could also learn from what they were doing"

    "Candidate to faculty ratio was excellent. All the faculty were extremely knowledgeable and were able to answer questions with reference to clinical practice and their prior experience. The venue was extremely well equipped and being able to see the microscope view on a large screen meant I could learn from my dissection partner"

The Liverpool Head & Neck Dissection Course

Thursday 19th - Friday 20th September 2024

  • The Liverpool Head and Neck Centre is proud to host a two-day intensive hands-on course aimed at trainees in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Plastic Surgery. The course includes instructional sessions, supervised cadaver dissection and expert panel discussions.

    The course will be delivered at Human Anatomy Resource Centre state-of-the-art facilities at the University of Liverpool. Under the direction and supervision of expert tutors, delegates will have the opportunity to revise anatomy and become better equipped to perform head and neck surgical interventions to a high standard. The focus will be on maximum hands-on dissection time to allow delegates to consolidate previously acquired skills and refine their operative technique. Dissectors will be able to have work-based assessments completed for the procedures covered. There will be 2 dissectors per Thiel soft-fix cadaver.

    The course fee is £750 for dissectors, and £350 for observers (includes refreshments, lunch and a course dinner on Thursday 19th September).

    The course is limited to 16 dissectors and 8 observers, and early booking is advised.

    Topics covered:

    • Tracheostomy

    • Thyroidectomy

    • Submandibular gland excision

    • Partial/total parotidectomy

    • Neck dissection

    • Total laryngectomy

    • Primary puncture and surgical voice restoration

    • Pectoralis major and deltopectoral flaps

    • Sternotomy & mediastinal vascular anatomy

    • Mandibulotomy

    Feedback from previous courses

    "Well run, engaged faculty"

    "The course is very much practical-oriented, updated with immediate positive effect in everyday work"

    "Excellent course. High faculty number and a very social atmosphere."

    "Excellent course for the budding head and neck surgeons"

    "Incredible course, will change my day-to-day practice and has given me increased operating confidence."

    "This was an extremely high yield training course and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to attend. I will definitely be attending future courses with the team."

    "Excellent course, well run, great consultant teaching and ratios, excellent catering and course dinner - cannot fault it at all great value for money"

    "A thoroughly well organised and delivered course. A great emphasis on hands on dissection. The faculty were very good educators and explained the procedures brilliantly. Would highly recommend this course to others."

    "Very well supported with faculty and individual attention was much appreciated throughout both days to maximise the use of the time."

The Liverpool Advanced Head & Neck Reconstruction Course

Monday 21st – Thurs 24th October 2024

  • This is an advanced course aimed at ST5 and above. It offers comprehensive free flap harvest from all donor sites with support of an expert faculty (local/national/international).

    Day 1 (Monday) is virtual planning and simulated surgery with Stryker and 3D systems.

    Days 2-4 (Tues – Thurs) full cadaveric dissection with 2 delegates to each cadaver.
    Only 6 cadavers/12 delegates with 2:1 faculty at all times.

    Location: Human Anatomy Resource Centre (HARC), UoL.
    NB – Monday session likely to be in UoL Cancer Research Centre

    Delegates – ST5+. There is an expectation that trainees are already competent in harvest of radial forearm and fibula as a general guide to ensure maximal benefit from the course.

    Cost - £1500 for 4 day course
    Course Dinner  - Wednesday 23rd October

    All delegates will have the opportunity to undertake custom planning session on the Monday with the 3D-Systems team in the US to plan resection/reconstruction for one of the cadavers being used. So custom planning for multi-segment fibula, DCIA and scapula and have exemplar cutting guides, custom plates etc on the subsequent days in the course. 

    Places Available – 12 places only.