Dear Colleague,

The 2nd course has now closed. It was an incredibly successful 3-days.  My sincere gratitude goes out to my expert faculty and the participants for making this such an enjoyable training and educational event.  As well as Consultant and senior trainee delegates from England, Wales and Ireland, other countries represented included Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Kuwait, New Zealand and the USA.


As a result of the success of this course, it is my pleasure to present the 3rd Manchester Advanced Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Dissection Course to be held at the University of Manchester, UK.  This 3-day course will bring together an excellent faculty, with national and international reputations for their enthusiasm in teaching and education in all aspects of rhinological surgery and extended approaches.


The course will focus on the extended applications of endoscopic sinus surgery with the use of powered instrumentation.  The high quality instruments are the same as those used by the faculty in their day-to-day practices, and are supplied by Karl Storz and Medtronic.  It is expected that applicants will have experience in performing uncinectomy, anterior and posterior ethmoidectomy, and sphenoidotomy prior to registering for this course. The aim of this course is two-fold: either to enthuse budding endoscopic ventral skull base surgeons and/or to give the Sinus Surgeon anatomical confidence outwith the compartment that they normally work, essential for being the highest quality sinus surgeon you can be.


The course is a collaboration between Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s Hospitals and the University of Manchester, and will be held at the world-class training facility the Manchester Surgical Skills and Simulation Centre , based at the University of Manchester Medical School. The course is aimed at Consultants wishing to develop their advanced endoscopic sinus surgery skills, senior Specialist Trainees in Otolaryngology, experienced Associate Specialists and Trust Grades, and Fellows in Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery. The course is too advanced for junior trainees, who may wish to look at the core course annually in June.


The course will consist of powerpoint lectures in important subjects related to the paranasal sinuses and ventral skull base but, will mainly focus on surgical anatomy, demonstrations and techniques. Fresh frozen specimens will be used. The faculty and delegates can make full use of the excellent teaching aids present in the anatomy laboratory at the medical school.


The course fee includes full hands-on dissection with a high ratio of expert faculty, refreshments, hot lunch, and course dinner on Tuesday. There is an informal dinner on Monday evening, which is also included in your fee. Hotel fee is not included. The official course language is English. The number of dissector places is strictly limited and on a first-come first-served basis.


Unfortunately, your place can only be confirmed once your payment is received by the Course Administrator. Payments that are not received within 10 working days of your application will result in your name being removed from the reservation list and your place being released to other applicants. Please note, demand for places on this course is high, which has necessitated this approach to payment.


We look forward to welcoming you to Manchester!


With kind regards,

Mr Raj K. Bhalla BSc(Hons), FRCS(ORL-HNS), MD, PGCertMedEd
Consultant Rhinologist and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgeon

University Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK
Clinical Director, Manchester Surgical Skills and Simulation Centre
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester

Chair for Simulation and Courses, ENT UK

Council, Royal Society of Medicine (Rhinology Section)

Council, Facial Plastics Surgery Society, ENT UK





18th June 2017

Bookings for the December 2017 course are now being taken.  Please book early to avoid disappointment. There are the last few places remaining.


For a core level sinus dissection course, please visit Nose-Manchester for more details.