Welcome to the first issue of 2015, which has a very eclectic mix of articles. I am delighted to inform you that the British Laryngological Association has agreed to develop links with The Otorhinolaryngologist and we would like to welcome Yakubu Karagama to the Editorial Board. I have known Yakubu for many years and there is no doubt he will be an excellent addition to our team. As always, the NHS is a key matter being discussed by politicians as we near an election. Thankfully it seems that it is an institution that the country as a whole values immensely and therefore remains towards the top of priorities for all political parties. It may not always seem that way to those of us facing the daily struggles with bureaucracy and funding issues, but at least for now it looks as if the NHS is here to stay. Jarrod Homer has decided to step down from the Editorial Board this year due to other commitments; he has been a great contributor to the journal and I am very grateful to him for his support over the last few years. James Moor, who has recently moved from Sunderland to Leeds, will be lead for the Head & Neck section and we look forward to working with him in his new role.
Editor in Chief