We provide high quality healthcare services primarily to the residents of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, which have a combined population in the region of 530,000.
The Maxillofacial Surgical Department is actively engaged in research and education. The department consists of seven consultant maxillofacial surgeons, supported by two consultant orthodontists and a consultant in restorative dentistry. There are sub-specialities in facial trauma, head and neck cancer, facial deformity and facial skin cancer. Common general maxillofacial diseases are also treated such as oral soft issue conditions, temporo-mandibular joint disorders and complex tooth conditions. Recently the Da Vinci robot has been employed to treat complex head and neck tumours.
The East Lancashire Maxillofacial Service was established in 1995 as a federated sub-regional service. This has been an innovative development with its inpatient base at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital. Referrals are on a ‘hub and spoke’ arrangement, a system that has been widely admired and replicated in other regions. This has led to improved and effective care with excellent training for junior doctors and trainee dentists.
Members of the department are examiners for the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in the UK and for Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) final exams. There are honorary teaching roles at the Universities of Liverpool and Salford and senior clinical lecturer posts at the Universities of Leeds and Central Lancashire.
Educationally, department consultants have held the roles of President of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the National Clinical Lead for the NHS scheme ‘Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT)’ for Oral and Maxillofacial surgery in England. This is a recent programme to improve the clinical quality and efficiency within the NHS. Our consultants have been the Training and Deputy Training Director for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the North West of England. The consultants are members of, and have regularly contributed to national maxillofacial societies and meetings.
Consultants have undertaken regular unpaid charity work visits to India as part of a multidisciplinary team to correct facial deformity including cleft palates.
Clinically there have been many innovations:
Facial skin cancer:
Head neck cancer:
The unit has extensively published and presented in Internationally and Nationally peer reviewed journals and International and National orthopaedic and educational meetings. Recently an MD doctorate has been submitted.
Unit roles and awards:
Access individual Consultant research in web sites below:
Researchgate (main authors):
Mr GCS Cousin RG 28.37
Mr K McAlister RG 7.75