Welcome to the Research section of our website - this area is tailored to trainees and our learning needs and development. Within this section there is crucial information on research, its benefits and how one can get involved.


Welcome to the BRS Juniors Journal club, which aims to support critical appraisal of the most relevant papers in Rhinology. This will also allow trainees to give national presentations to peers and stimulate debate around current research.

If you wish to submit a video of a critical appraisal please send it to by the 21st of the preceding month using the format demonstrated in the November 2020 example. Where there are multiple submissions the best submission will be picked by the committee.

Good luck and we hope you find the journal club stimulating and a useful resource!

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BRS Juniors Journal Club - Introduction - How to Submit

BRS Juniors Journal Club - November 2020

Welcome to the November edition of the BRS Juniors Journal Club, please enjoy watching our video and we look forward to receiving your submissions in the near future!

Research in Rhinology

Why should I consider doing research in rhinology?

Research is an extremely rewarding adjunct to training in Rhinology and can create opportunities to present at national and international conferences, publish in peer reviewed journals and obtain research degrees (MPhil, MD, PhD) as well as helping to further clarify underlying pathophysiology or develop novel advances in the detection or management of Rhinological diseases.

When is the best time for me to do research?

There is no specific best time to undertake research as this can be done at all levels and grades. Research during Core Surgical Training (CST) and obtaining associated first author publications and presentations may help increase portfolio points for ST3 National Selection. Research during your ENT specialty training programme can be very rewarding, providing opportunities to gain a deeper knowledge base in a specific field as well as providing the building blocks essential for a career in Academic Rhinology.

How can I get into research prior to commencing ENT specialty training?

1. Integrated Academic Training Pathway

Academic training can be undertaken within specific run-through training posts, or may be undertaken separately through the attainment of a higher degree. The training process is flexible, with trainees able to enter and exit academic appointments at different stages. The main academic entry and exit points are; academic foundation programme (FY1/2), academic clinical fellowship (ACF, ST1 or ST3 entry), research fellowship (normally undertaken as OOPR for completion of an MPhil, MD or PhD) and clinical lectureship (ST7/8).

ACF posts are the usual entry point for academic training and successful candidates do not need to have completed an academic foundation programme to be eligible to apply. Posts are appointed locally, normally in Nov/Dec of the previous year, with candidates given an academic training number allowing run-through clinical/academic training in Otolaryngology. These posts are highly competitive, with only 1-2 appointed each year. If appointed at ST3 level, successful candidates will also have to attend the national selection process in order to ‘bench-mark’ to also be deemed clinically appointable. ACFs run for 3 years and trainees undertake 75% clinical training with 25% protected academic time (9 months equivalent). This enables trainees to generate preliminary data and write research applications for nationally appointed research fellowship awards (Wellcome Trust, MRC, NIHR, Royal College of Surgeons), with the aim being to take time out of training to undertake a higher degree. On completion of a higher degree, academic trainees then return to clinical training and would be required to apply for a clinical lectureship to continue the academic training pathway.

Academic trainees need to attain academic training competencies together with their clinical competencies and these are jointly assessed at annual ARCPs, with both academic and clinical supervisors present. Time undertaking research (25% for ACFs) contributes towards training time, thereby not disadvantaging training duration. Please see the NIHR website for further information and locations of upcoming ACF appointments and application (see useful links).

2. Rhinology Research Fellow

These posts are locally appointed and may lead to a research degree (MPhil, MRes, MD or PhD). These posts usually involve some clinical commitments at either an SHO or Registrar level and therefore may be partially or fully funded. Unfunded posts may require application for a research grant in advance to establish a salary and research consumables.

How can I get into research during ENT specialty training (ST3 – ST8)?

Research during ENT specialty training can occur alongside training if undertaking a small research project or as part of a team participating in a multi-centre rhinology trial (eg. MACRO, NAIROS). This participation can be recognised by the NIHR who endorse the Associate PI training scheme, supporting the next generation of principle investigators.

However, a larger independent research project or research degree (MPhil, MD, PhD) will likely require an application for time out of programme for research (OOPR). Applications will require a full research plan, named supervisors and an approved research environment (laboratories/ clinical research facilities) and therefore significant planning and discussion with respective ENT Programme Directors is required.

Funding whilst undertaking an OOPR may be obtained through research grants (Wellcome Trust, MRC, NIHR, Royal College of Surgeons), NHS (through extra clinical commitments, locums or as part of a Rhinology Research Fellow post) or through working as an RMO in a private hospital depending on local arrangements and success at grant application.

Who can I talk to about getting involved in Rhinology research?

As a first step, it is advisable to speak to other colleagues who have undertaken research to help understand the experience from a trainee’s point of view.

You should also talk to your Educational Supervisor, who will be able to guide you and direct you to the most appropriate academic Consultant, either within or outside your Deanery to provide specific advice on academic experience/training.

Your level of investment in research, which can range from a small project to a PhD, is a personal choice and may strengthen as your project develops.

For more information and links to some excellent resources, please click here!