I am delighted to welcome you to the launch of the e-lefENT Project, ENTUK's new e-learning platform. Distance learning is not a new concept but with the advent of electronic platforms, it has been increasingly applied to the dissemination of surgical topics, notably by the Royal Colleges of Surgeons and American Academy of Otorhinolaryngology. It is therefore an appropriate moment for the launch of the e-lefENT project, which with its component parts, is crucial in developing ENTUK's aims to improve and enhance the quality of education and training in Otolaryngology-HNS.

It represents a huge body of work and the commitment of large numbers of the UK ENT community, led by a few dedicated individuals without whom the project would not have survived its somewhat troubled gestation. As many of you will know this has been related almost entirely to issues of funding rather than any lack of enthusiasm on the part of the faculty.

The Project is continuing to evolve and the platform will expand steadily over the next few years. It is underpinned by the following key components:

  • The project uses innovative and 'leading edge' approaches to the design and delivery of learning materials related to ENT Surgery
  • A dedicated Editorial Board and technologists to help with the design and production of the materials.
  • Key partnerships have been formed and in particular, we are grateful to the Department of Health's e-Learning for Healthcare team (eLfH) for collaborating with us and wish to acknowledge their contribution to the Learning Zone sessions
  • Engagement and ownership by a wide body of ENTUK's Members and Fellows to contribute materials to the e-lefENT Project and most importantly want to participate in its further evolution

The advantages of such a teaching vehicle are self-evident, principally in the ability to deliver up-to-date educational content in an interactive way, which can ultimately be directed at all levels of pre and post-graduate training and education, but which is initially focused on those already in ENT training posts. The possibilities for future CPD are self-evident and it may also act as an incentive to those considering a career in ENT, at a time when precious little exposure to the speciality is available in most medical schools.

This is an outstanding initiative, which will deliver a highly impressive e-Learning strategy and owes much to the determination and tenacity of Victoria Ward with the encouragement of Richard Ramsden, Alan Johnson and many other ENT colleagues. I would like to thank all those involved thus far and encourage you to continue to support the project which will ensure excellence and firmly establish our position at the leading edge of e-Learning development in Otolaryngology training and education in the UK.

Valerie Lund
Past President ENTUK