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BAA Trent Regional Meeting takes to Twitter
Wednesday 12th March 2014
Join our twitter chat during the meeting by following¬†#baatrm on www.twitter.com
Ask questions even if you can't attend a meeting. Follow the key points of interest from the agenda. Review the questions after the meeting.
CSO Healthcare Scientist 2014 Awards
At the #LTO2014 ¬†Healthcare Scientists Leading and Transforming Outcomes Event taking place on 31 March and 1 April 2014, Prof Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer will be hosting an awards ceremony to celebrate Healthcare Science over the past year.
We would like to invite you to nominate people who you think should be recognised for the work they have undertaken, over the last year, in the ¬†following five healthcare science award categories:
- Healthcare Scientist of the year
- Healthcare Scientist ambassador
- Rising star
- Patient involvement
- Service Innovator
To send in nominations we require a citation of 200 words explaining how the nominee fits the category. Please can these be sent to email@example.com by the deadline 14 March 2014.
When the date for entries has closed each citation will be reviewed and once selected the winners will be contacted.¬† The winners will receive their awards at the evening dinner on the 31 March 2014.¬†
We look forward to receiving citations for these prestigious awards. ¬†
SEARCH BEGINS FOR UK‚ÄôS TOP AUDIOLOGISTS
The search has begun for the UK‚Äôs best hearing professionals as the 2014 Audiologist of the Year (AOTY) opens for entries. The competition encourages patients to nominate their audiologists who have provided exceptional levels of support and service.
Now in its seventh year, AOTY is run in partnership between Rayovac, the leading hearing aid battery manufacturer, Audio Infos, the international hearing publication and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA), which represents the six major European hearing instrument manufacturers.
Audiologist of the Year celebrates hearing professionals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, in order to provide their patients with a level of care which exceeds their expectations. It is a great way for these patients to give back to their audiologist, and say thank you for the great work they‚Äôve done.
The winner of the UK stage of the competition will then compete with top audiologists from France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands and ‚Äď for the first year ‚Äď Denmark and Switzerland, to battle it out for the title of European Audiologist of the Year.
2014‚Äôs lucky winner will follow in the footsteps of current champion, Jaspreet Bahra, from Harley Street Hearing in London. Jaspreet was awarded the UK crown after her patient, Warren Stapely, submitted a heartfelt nomination which wowed judges. Jaspreet was later crowned the European winner, attending Rayovac‚Äôs annual Evening of Excellence in Nuremberg, Germany for the announcement.
Paula Brinson-Pyke, Marketing Director at Rayovac, said: ‚ÄúWe are thrilled to be opening up entries to the Audiologist of the Year competition for the seventh year running. Each year the calibre of entries just gets better and better, and we thoroughly enjoy reading everyone‚Äôs nominations.
‚ÄúThe number of entries and the remarkable stories behind each one, are testament to the passionate, enthusiastic practitioners helping people with hearing loss across Europe, and we‚Äôre proud to be able to help showcase and reward such talent.‚ÄĚ
On supporting Audiologist of the Year for the first time, Secretary General of the EHIMA, S√łren Hougaard, said: ‚ÄúWe are very excited to be working with Rayovac and Audio Infos to support the Audiologist of the Year competition for the first time. The competition has grown to be a phenomenal success and one we‚Äôre proud to support and promote to our members so it can continue to get even bigger and better.‚ÄĚ
The winning professional will be awarded the prestigious title of Audiologist of the Year along with a ¬£250 cash prize. Alongside this, the winner‚Äôs nominating patient will also be eligible for a cash prize and a package of electrical goods worth ¬£200.
The Audiologist of the Year competition, which began in 2008, is the leading industry award for hearing professionals and is judged by a panel of independent industry experts. All nominations are scored anonymously, with judges looking for audiologists which demonstrate:
- Outstanding commitment to the patient
- Support for the patient and family
- Making a difference to the patient‚Äôs life
- Knowledge about new technologies
- Working closely with other specialists, providing a team approach
- Working with-in the community/industry to raise awareness of hearing matters
Entries can be submitted online at www.audiologistoftheyear.co.uk or via post to Audiologist of the Year 2014, Spectrum Brands (UK) Ltd, Washington, Tyne & Wear, NE37 3HW. Entries close on 11th July 2014. All nominations must be submitted by patients, but audiologists can ensure their patients are aware of the competition by downloading promotional materials from the competition website.
For more information about the competition, visit www.audiologistoftheyear.co.uk, like Rayovac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HearingwithRayovac or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HearwithRayovac.
Consultation launched by The Academy of Healthcare Science on standards for Register of Healthcare Science Practitioners
One of the key tasks of the Academy for Healthcare Science is to uphold professional standards across Healthcare Science.
While our continuing ambition is to see statutory regulation put in place across all the Healthcare Science profession, we realise that it is vital to establish an appropriate and effective system for registration and regulation of those parts of the Healthcare Science workforce that are not currently regulated by law through the Health and Care Professions Council.
This document sets out our proposed standards for regulating those Healthcare Science Practitioners who are not already covered by statutory regulation through protection of title. In developing these we have drawn on the guidance of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) which oversees all registers, both statutory and non-statutory.
The consultation document sets out proposed standards. These include:
- standards of proficiency: these set out the basic education and training that someone must have to register with us
- standards of conduct: the minimum standards that practitioners must meet in their day to day professional lives
- standards of continuing professional development: how practitioners ensure their professional knowledge is up to date
Alongside our proposed standards, this consultation sets out the broader context for this work. We welcome your views on whether these standards are reasonable, appropriate and necessary to ensure safe and effective practice by Healthcare Science Practitioners.
The consultation will run until 28 February 2014. Alongside the consultation document and questionnaire, we will be holding a number of consultation events to allow people to discuss the issues further and share their views.
Respond to the consultation through our online questionnaire at www.ahcs.ac.uk/Pstandards
More information on the consultation can be found at www.ahcs.ac.uk/2013/12/practitioner-register-standards-consultation-launched
Be Bright and raise money for All Ears Cambodia on March 3rd
Every day at All Ears Cambodia we see lives changed. Ear disease is curbed to prevent hearing loss, hearing restored for those impaired. Children once kept home from school can return with their friends; lonely elders isolated and misunderstood can once again share their stories; parents struggling to support their families can start to receive a fairer wage. In a country where services for the hearing impaired are limited, our Cambodian clinicians not only give back hearing ‚Äď they give back opportunity, and change lives.¬†¬†
Monday 3 of March (3 3) is International Day for Ear and Hearing Care, globally recognising the importance of establishing ear and hearing healthcare programmes in the developing world.
To mark this special day, All Ears International and All Ears Cambodia ask you to join us in the fight to fix ears and prevent hearing loss by taking part in our new event,¬†‚ÄėBe bright‚Äô.
'Be bright'¬†is¬†the¬†opportunity for students and professionals in the field of ENT, Audiology and SLT to join the fight to fix ears and prevent hearing loss.
Taking part is simple. Wear your¬†brightest¬†outfit on 3 March and bring attention to yourself and the cause. Perhaps a tie, socks or shirt? Awareness and funds raised will support All Ears International‚Äôs established projects in Cambodia, and developing programmes in North Korea, Bhutan and beyond.
Find out more in the attached flyer, or simply¬†sign up¬†to receive a registration pack. We would be delighted¬†if you could spread the word to your students or colleagues too. Just drop me an email if I can help in any way.
Dhaulagiri Deaf School Nepal Appeal for Volunteer Teachers
Resolve International works exclusively in Nepal, providing programmes to improve sanitation and primary education.
During a sanitation monitoring expedition to Baglung District in Nepal at the end of 2013 they included an unscheduled visit to Dhaulagiri Deaf School (residential)¬† in Baglung Municipality.
Deaf Children in Nepal often become isolated in the community and rejected by their families.
The Dhaulagiri Deaf School started with 16 students in 2007 and now has 118 students from 16 different Districts in Nepal. None of the children previously went to school and none of the children were able to use sign language. The school uses Nepali Sign Language.
This is a formal deaf school with Government support, the staff are paid through Government funding and the children receive free education, food, uniform and stationery. There are 10 teachers, 1 hostel warden and 4 caretakers and an accountant.
Baglung is 272 km west of Kathmandu and 72 km from Pokhara at an altitude of 1020m. Baglung District is in the Western Hills which rise to 3,000m. The District is south of the Annapurna mountain region, which has many spectacular trekking routes.
The school currently offers grade 1-8 and plans to extend to grade 12 by 2018. A training hall is currently being constructed for the introduction of ITC and vocational skills.
The management of the school suggested that students would benefit from input by volunteer teachers form the UK who can teach in sign language. They asked us to encourage volunteers to join them in their school.
There is a short film from the school assembly when we met the children at the school, you will find it on our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/resolveinternational
And on Youtube:¬†
For more details please contact:
Registered Charity in England and Wales 1112801
BAA Magazines in Members section¬†
We have now added the last 2 years of the magazine to the BAA website. Please follow this link to read previous magazines.
In the most recent edition there is a correction to the authors names of the article ‚ÄėWhich adult patients should you refer for a cochlear implant assessment?‚Äô page 20. These were incorrect in the printed edition. We apologise to the authors for this error.
The NHS Atlas of Variation in Diagnostic Services
Introducing the NHS Atlas of Variation in Diagnostic Services, the latest publication in the series of impressive NHS Atlases, which have highlighted variation in the provision of healthcare services.
Scottish Health Service Quality Standards
The service quality standards which are peer audited and peer reviewed in the Scottish Health service are now available to download in the members area of this website on the Service Quality Page.
BAA Response to Adult Hearing Screening for Life Campaign
Summary ‚Äď Adult Hearing Screening
In June 2013 a campaign was launched to carry out a pilot, and then hopefully roll out, a programme
of hearing screening at 65 years of age ‚Äď ‚ÄúHearing Screening for Life‚ÄĚ
It is recognised that many people delay acting on their hearing loss for many years,¬†and that this has significant negative consequences on individuals, their families and wider society.
Hearing screening would allow early identification and early intervention, which would be both¬†highly beneficial and highly cost effective.
The document begins...
The BAA would welcome early identification and early intervention in age related hearing loss. Our¬†members see on a daily basis the difficulties that people encounter from delays in getting help for¬†their hearing loss ‚Äď whether they have delayed requesting help, their primary care has delayed¬†referral, or other health matters (their own or people for whom they care) have delayed action being¬†taken. We are aware of the scientific research demonstrating the links between hearing loss and a¬†wide variety of conditions, and would welcome the opportunity to assist in improving outcomes¬†holistically for older adults.¬†
BAA have responded to the consultation on NHS Specialist Commissioning you can¬†read our response here.
This consultation is still open and we encourage members to respond as well. Details of the consultation are below