Fellowship in Head and Neck/ Airway Anaesthesia

Clinical fellowship in Head and Neck/Airway Anaesthesia at Charing Cross Hospital, ICH NHS Trust Recruiting for August 2018/ February 2019


     Fellowship in Head and Neck/ Airway anaesthesia
Supervisor: Dr James Poncia
6-12 month posts
1 post – starting August 2018
2 posts – starting February 2019

Applications are invited to senior trainees ST5 and above as well as candidates who are post-CCT looking to round off their experience prior to securing a consultant post. This post could be considered OOPE/T or stand-alone 12 months or combined with 6 months general anaesthesia.

Clinical experience
Charing Cross Hospital is a major tertiary referral centre for airway surgery and head and neck cancer.  We have internationally recognised surgeons doing extremely challenging surgery with associated highly skilled airway anaesthetists.

The head and neck oncology service manages patients for complex resections and plastic reconstructions, including free flaps. These cases can also include joint procedures with neurosurgery. Our airway centre is an internationally recognised unit dealing with patients with severe airway pathology including those requiring laryngotracheal reconstructions. The ENT service provides a range of procedures in rhinology (including base of skull surgery) and otology, which often is combined with the neurosurgeons. The clinical fellow will be gain extensive experience in these specialised cases within this fellowship.

There will be opportunity to develop skills in advanced airway techniques including:
• Fibre optic intubation devices
• Trans-tracheal cannulae
• Supraglottic, subglottic and trans-tracheal jet ventilation
• THRIVE as well as other new devices
• Fibre-optic techniques are enhanced with sessions in the ENT out-patient clinic performing nasendoscopies under the guidance of our surgical colleagues.

The post holder will take part in the senior registrar on call rota alongside the other clinical fellows and ST6/7’s. Currently this rota is 1:8.

One academic day a week will be allocated to research/audit/meetings. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in various projects under the supervision of a consultant anaesthetist. Fellows are expected to initiate at least one research/quality improvement/audit project(s) and participate in departmental academic activities. Fellows are encouraged to complete their projects, attend and present their work at national or international meetings during the year.

Education and Teaching
Teaching is a core component of the fellowship and fellows will be able to instruct and supervise junior trainees in the operating room.  The department has a well-established weekly teaching programme from which the fellows can benefit from learning the topical issues and relevant literature. We also have an active programme of advanced airway workshops and training days, in which the post-holder will be expected to be a key person on the faculty.

To apply, or see full details of the post and person specifications for essential and desirable qualities, please see: or

If you have any further questions, please contact Dr Colleen Woo by email at


Need more information? Please contact Simona Eisvydyte

News | Posted 11th May 2018
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