Liverpool Head & Neck Centre


Introduction to LASERs in ENT Course

Friday 9th June 2023

  • 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.


    £110 per attendee

The 1st Liverpool Nasolacrimal and Orbital Dissection Course

Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th September 2023

  • This course is aimed at Otorhinolaryngology (ENT) and Ophthalmology higher surgical trainees (ST5-ST8), senior fellows and consultants looking to improve their understanding and surgical skills in joint ENT/ophthalmology nasolacrimal and orbital surgeries.

    The aim of this course is to provide a comprehensive applied anatomy overview and essential surgical skills in external and transnasal endoscopic approaches. This unique course has been designed to optimise cross-pollination of skill sets across both surgical subspecialties.

    The course consists of half day tutorials and a full day supervised hands-on cadaveric dissection on Thiel embalmed cadavers at the state-of-the-art anatomy laboratory at the University of Liverpool.

    Supported by experienced ENT and oculoplastic surgeons, topics will include surgeries for epiphora including DCR, orbital abscess drainage, management of ethmoidal artery haemorrhage and orbital decompression.

    Course fee: £800 for dissectors, £250 for observers

    Key features:

    • Useful for those with special interest in rhinology and oculoplastics

    • Fully equipped work stations for endoscopic and external approaches

    • Hands on dissection supervised by ENT and ophthalmology surgeons

    • Limited to 14 dissectors (2 dissectors per specimen) and 7 observers

    Further information available at the course website

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

Tuesday 19th – Wednesday 20th September 2023

  • 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 19th September).

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

    Feedback from the 2022 course

    "Well organized, good faculty and a good learning and practising opportunity."

    "The case discussions were excellent! The course was well conducted. The staff / faculty were very helpful."

    "Organized and highly informative."

    "Perfect course, well-organised."

    "Excellent course, very well organised and enough time for cadaver dissection."

The Liverpool Head & Neck Dissection Course

Thursday 21st - Friday 22nd September 2023

  • 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 21st September).

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

    Topics covered:

    • Tracheostomy

    • Thyroidectomy

    • Submandibulectomy

    • Partial/total parotidectomy

    • Neck dissection

    • Total laryngectomy

    • Primary puncture and surgical voice restoration

    • Pectoralis major and deltopectoral flaps

    • Sternotomy & mediastinal vascular anatomy

    • Midfacial approaches

    • Maxillectomy

    • Orbital exenteration

    • Mandibulotomy

    Feedback from the 2022 course

    "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 and faculty to delegate ratio. Great training and learning environment."

    "Amazing faculty, food, variety of dissections, high quality cadavers."

    "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 16th – Thurs 19th October 2023

  • 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 18th 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.