We are the largest association of professionals in hearing and balance in the UK. Our membership extends internationally and provides services in both the public and private sector.
On behalf of its membership, BAA’s vision is to provide a clear and strong voice for professionals in audiology and to promote excellence in clinical knowledge and practice.
The BAA aims to help its members to develop in their professional skills, provide a benchmark for quality and professional standards and promote audiology as an autonomous profession.
The British Academy of Audiology:
"My role as BAA president is to represent our members and support board directors with their work. It is essential that we listen to our members and continually scan the horizon so that we can focus our work on the priorities identified in our four core strategic areas, whilst being ready to react quickly to policy change and opportunities."Dr Samantha Lear, BAA President
Our current 4 strategic areas are:
Strategic goal 1. Being a strong voice for Audiology: Provide the leadership to influence national direction and policy
Strategic goal 2. Promoting excellence in clinical practice: Being the driving force for improving the quality of services
Strategic goal 3. Supporting Audiologists as professionals: In training, education and CPD
Strategic goal 4. Deliver a sustainable organisation: Maintain and grow as a viable membership body
Find out more about how we are delivering on our strategic goals in our member section.
Audiologists as Healthcare Practitioners and Scientists carry considerable responsibility requiring complex judgements and clinical decision making. They often work with the most vulnerable in society at times when they are acutely unwell. Moreover, patients, colleagues and the public must have complete trust that each Healthcare Science Professional acts with honesty, integrity and in the best interests of the patient. For this reason, it is important to recognise that your behaviour may determine whether you are ‘Fit to Practise’ as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.
British Academy of Audiology (BAA) has adopted the Health & Care Professions Council Code of Conduct. However, members of other registration bodies such as the RCCP must, of course, adhere to those as well (there is little difference in the underlying principles of these). An audiologist who is reprimanded by, or suspended or expelled from, their registration body is likely to have similar action taken by the BAA, following an appropriate investigation.
We also believe that professional and ethical behaviour is much more than rule-following. While the code of conduct may act as a guide, we encourage all audiologists to continually think about and be aware of ethical and moral issues associated with their actions and practices.
"I am truly privileged to work with an amazing Board who are keen to deliver you the very best a professional body should, and I want to thank them and all the amazing volunteers on their committees for the hours they put in and for the work that comes out from their committees."Kathryn Lewis, BAA President 2020-2022
The BAA is required to hold an Annual General Meeting and publish an Annual Report. Meeting details and reports are included below.
Our next Annual General Meeting is on Thursday 2nd November at 2 pm during our Annual Conference at the BAA Conference in Coventry. All BAA members are invited to attend.
Our latest Annual Report covers the year from April 2021 to March 2022 and provides insight into the work that the BAA Board has carried out on behalf of our membership.