About Kent ENT Partnership

Robert Hone and Ali Al-lami met when they started higher surgical training together in Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery, They have both undertaken masters degrees (for which both gained a distinction) and have undertaken prestigious advanced surgical fellowships at world famous institutions. They interviewed for the same job but due to their calibre and reputation were both appointed to East Kent University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. They also work closely together with NHS Sussex and have been instrumental in the development of local ENT services such as research studies, robotic surgery, new outpatient equipment and endoscopic biopsy clinics to benefit their patients. Kent ENT Partnership prides itself on exceptional standards, with high quality patient-centred care. We would be delighted to receive your referral.

About Robert Hone

Robert Hone is a Consultant ENT surgeon at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust and has over 10 years surgical experience. He trained throughout South East England, rotating through ENT units in London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

He undertook a prestigious, nationally appointed Advanced Head & Neck Surgical Oncology fellowship at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. He completed his paediatric ENT training at Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. During training, he completed a Masters of Surgery, for which he attained a Distinction as well as all necessary post graduate exams. He qualified from Guy’s, Kings and St Thomas’ Hospital School of medicine in 2008 and completed an intercalated Batchelor of Science degree in physiology in 2005. 

Robert Hone believes in the highest standard of care and places patients at the centre of the consultation and decision making process. He takes time to listen and explore patients’ concerns and symptoms via a thorough history and examination. His communication and surgical skills have been consistently highlighted as areas of excellence throughout the annual appraisals process. The care he provides is of the highest standard.

Robert Hone is a well-respected and recognised surgeon throughout ENT Departments in the region. He spent a year working for King’s College London as anatomy demonstrator where he still performs anatomy lectures every year as part of a Bachelor of Science degree program. He has set up local and regional teaching programmes, including compulsory anatomy training days for trainee surgeons within the Kent, Surrey and Sussex School of Surgery. Furthermore, he was the regional trainee academic and research representative throughout his training.

Mr Hone has presented his academic work at multiple national and international meetings. He has numerous peer review publications, including book chapters and papers from individual and collaborative work on hearing, thyroid and parathyroid disease, head and neck cancer, Meniere’s disease, surgical training and diseases of the nose and sinuses. He continues to take an active role in research and is principal investigator in East Kent for the international phase III clinical trial, PATHOS, which is subsequently leading to the foundation of a head and neck robotic programme for the Trust. His quality improvement and service development projects include a dozen audits and new departmental equipment for outpatients and theatre.

In his spare time, Mr Hone loves spending family time with his wife and two daughters. He is a keen sports fan having played to a high standard at school, and university. He enjoys looking after the rescue animals he has re-homed.

About Ali Al-lami

Ali Al-lami is a consultant ENT/Head and Neck surgeon based in Kent and the South East of England with over 10 years surgical experience.

Mr Al-lami graduated from the University of London and completed an intercalated BSc at the University of Leeds in Anatomy, achieving distinctions and first class grades in all of his 6 undergraduate years. He developed an early interest in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)/head & neck surgery and pursued that interest as a medical student and subsequently won the annual Sydney Scott & Henry Silverman ENT medical student prize. After graduating, he completed a postgraduate Master’s Degree with Distinction in International Health Management & Leadership from the University of Sheffield. This was achieved whilst undertaking higher ENT specialist training as well as completing his postgraduate speciality board exams.

Mr Al-lami undertook postgraduate ENT training in hospitals in Cambridge, London and across the Kent, Surrey & Sussex deanery. He has had tertiary level paediatric ENT training at the two world renowned hospitals of Great Ormond Street and Evelina London childrens hospitals where he learnt the coblation technique for tonsils and adenoids removal. He completed a prestigious nationally appointed fellowship at Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Hospitals where he further developed his subspeciality interest in head & neck, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, including robotic surgery. He visited many international centres including spending time in Australia to gain further knowledge and experience. He has had specialist head and neck robotic training in the UK, France and Belgium.

Mr Al-lami commenced his consultant post at East Kent Hospitals in 2020. With the help of Mr Hone, Mr Al-lami led and established the Head & Neck Robotic Programme at the Trust. He has also helped Mr Hone set up the local anaesthetic ENT procedures service at the Trust. Mr Al-lami seeks excellence in what he does for his patients and goes the extra mile for their care. He aims to provide a personalised care of the highest quality.

Mr Al-lami is academically involved in the field of research in ENT. He has published 10 papers in peer reviewed journals and he is frequently invited to give lectures and as a faculty in courses. He has won many postgraduate prizes including the prestigious annual ENT Masterclass International Conference silver medal for a research project that contributed to national guidelines.

Mr Al-lami is passionate about education and teaching. He is the course director of the ENT consultant’s exam preparation course in the region and is involved in undergraduate teaching at Kent & Medway Medical School.

Mr Al-lami enjoys travelling, cycling and spending time with his young family including baking cakes with his wife and 2 beautiful daughters.

Qualifications: (BSc (1st Hons), MBBS (Distinction), MSc (Distinction), MRCS, DOHNS, FRCS (ORL-HNS))

Special interests: 

  • head & neck robotic surgery
  • benign and surgical oncology
  • thyroid and parathyroid surgery

About Rebecca Semmens

As Practice Manager, Rebecca Semmens provides general practice management for Mr Hone and Mr Al-lami at Kent ENT Partnership.

Her role is varied; she runs the ENT out-patient clinics, liaises with patients, hospitals and other medical providers from the beginning of the process through to patient discharge. She offers a friendly and efficient service and is always on the end of the phone or email to answer any queries or concerns, however big or small. She also handles the accounts and invoicing and is the point of contact for insurers and self funding patients once they have been seen in clinic or as an in-patient. She oversees the social media platforms for Kent ENT Partnership and along with the team, keeps the website updated. Her excellent attention to detail combined with her friendly communication skills both help to ensure a smooth running of the Kent ENT Partnership.

Rebecca Semmens began her Medical Practice Management career over 5 years ago. She started her working life in the newspaper industry writing, researching and copy editing for the Travel Section and the Magazine at The Mail on Sunday newspaper. She subsequently worked as PA to the Editor of the Independent newspaper which led to a job as Picture Editor of the Arts Section of The Independent. She took a few years away from the work place to have a family after which Rebecca trained as a Teaching Assistant, focusing on providing special educational needs for primary school children on a one to one basis.

Rebecca was then offered an opportunity to help set up a private practice for an ENT consultant within the private healthcare sector, which required her experience in writing, researching and copy editing to launch a website and social media platforms as well as running the day-to-day practice. This role consolidated her move into providing an excellent practice management service for private medical consultants – a culmination of all the skills and qualifications gained throughout her working life. 

In her spare time, you will find her out in her garden, or pitch-side watching her children play sport. She loves travelling and spending time with her family on the North Norfolk coast.

About Lou Gedney

Lou Gedney provides general administrative support for the Kent ENT Partnership.

Lou worked in the City for eight years before having a career break to have her children. For the last 10 years she has been a volunteer community mediator and is a qualified Civil and Commercial and Employment mediator.

In January 2021 she joined the volunteer team at her local Covid Vaccine centre and worked in the administration team until July, registering patients and dealing with all daily administration tasks. She is also a qualified vaccinator.

Lou joined Kent ENT Partnership in August 2021 to help in the office with general administration duties and patient support.

When she is not working, Lou loves barre, tennis and dog walking and spending time with her family.