Mr Peter J Robb BSc (Hons) MB BS FRCS FRCSEd
Mr Robb is Honorary Consultant ENT surgeon at Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals and Past-President of the British Association for Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology. (BAPO) He was Chairman of Council and is past-President of the Royal Society of Medicine, Section of Laryngology and Rhinology. He was also a member the RSM Academic Board.
Mr Robb is emeritus consultant ENT surgeon at Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals.
He was appointed to Epsom Healthcare NHS Trust in 1991, and was later appointed clinical director of surgery. He is past chairman of the senior medical staff committee and was chairman of the Trust Paediatric Surgery Committee.
Following a 1st class honours degree in human psychology, Peter Robb completed his clinical medical studies at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. He undertook postgraduate surgical training at the Royal London Hospital, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and Guy’s Hospital, London.
At the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, Mr Robb was a research fellow in Professor Charles Cummings department of otolaryngology, head & neck surgery, working under Professor Bob Rubel in the hearing research laboratory. He completed a research project on afferent influences and the developing brainstem auditory pathway. After completing his ENT surgical training in the UK, Mr Robb was clinical fellow in paediatric laryngology with Professor Bruce Benjamin at the Children’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia.
Previously a principal investigator for the MRC/University of Oxford OME national genetics study at the Epsom site, he was also a member of the MRC Otitis Media Study Group. Peter Robb led the Epsom group as part of the National Multicentre Trial of Alternative Regimens for Glue Ear Treatment (TARGET), the only DGH site in this national study. Epsom was also a pilot site for now completed National Prospective Tonsillectomy Audit, and was part of the National Anonymous Tonsil Audit investigating the epidemiology of variant CJD.
In December 2011, Mr Robb completed an extended term as Chairman of the Intercollegiate Specialty Board in Otolaryngology, member of the Joint Committee for Intercollegiate Examinations, Specialist Advisory Committee in Otolaryngology and examiner for the Intercollegiate Specialty Board in Otolaryngology Fellowship examination. He is a past member of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and was an external examiner for Middlesex University. Mr Robb was an examiner assessor for the Joint Committee for Intercollegiate Examinations.
Mr Robb was a consultant clinical advisor in ENT to the NHS Modernisation Agency and national link for day-case paediatric ENT surgery. In 2007, he was seconded to the Department of Health Ministerial Working Party, “Delivering Care Closer to Home”.
Until 2011, Mr Robb was chairman of one of the four Guidelines Review Panels at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). He was a professional specialist clinical assessor in ENT for the NHS National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS), and was one of two National Specialist Advisors in paediatric otolaryngology to NCEPOD. Currently a DH specialty advisor for the Atlas of Variation and author for NHS Clinical Information, he was also a member of the DH HRG Expert Working Group.
Until 2014, Mr Robb was one of two UK appointed members of UEMS (European Union of Medical Specialties) for Otolaryngology (ENT), reporting to the EU Commission.
Publications, numbering over eighty papers and book chapters reflect the author’s interest in paediatric otorhinolaryngology. Peter Robb has co-authored a textbook, ENT in Primary Care, and contributed to the last two editions of Scott-Brown’s Otolaryngology, the prize-winning postgraduate ENT textbook. He was a co-author of the 2013 Royal College of Surgeons national document, Standards for Children’s Surgery.
In 2011, Mr Robb’s contribution to the NHS was recognised by a Gold National Clinical Excellence Award.