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3 15 Care of People with ENT, Oral and Facial Problems


  • 15% of consultations in general practice involve the upper respiratory tract or head and neck [1]
  • Guidelines for appropriate management are widely available but not always used
  • Knowledge of normal anatomy and examination techniques makes diagnosis easier
  • Variable training in ear, nose and throat (ENT) at undergraduate level means that trainees and trainers have to review current knowledge and skills
  • Head and neck cancer rates are increasing and outcomes depend on early diagnosis

Knowledge and skills guide

This section contains the learning outcomes for the 'Care of People with ENT, Oral and Facial Problems' curriculum module.

These are grouped into 12 core areas of competence concerned with the tasks you will undertake as a general practitioner when delivering care to people in your community.

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Case discussion

This section contains a scenario and questions for reflection which help to illustrate the learning points in this module.

Mark Johnson is a 25-year-old trainee solicitor who presents with persistent nasal obstruction, runny nose, watery eyes and regular sneezing. The problem is perennial and has been getting worse for years....     

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How to learn this area of practice

This section includes suggested activities and strategies for developing the competences you will require.     

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Useful learning resources

This section provides suggestions for further reading and other resources to help you in your training, including books, journal articles and web resources.     

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This section lists references which have been used in the development of the curriculum.     

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