The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall strategic and operational work of the BAA. Board Directors are both responsible for specific work areas and act as a liaison between a committee or work group. The current Board has 14 Directors, supported by our Marketing & Communications Manager and our PA. The Board meets quarterly and holds an annual strategy day to review the forward plan. Board minutes are published on the BAA website.


Executive Team

During the last eighteen months, we have developed a more active executive team to focus and maintain momentum between Board meetings. The President meets regularly with the Vice President, Past President and Comms Executive. Each member of the executive team holds lead responsibilities for key objective areas and in supporting other Board Directors. These areas of responsibility are –

• President – Chairs the Board, is President and supports the Board Directors of EAR, Membership and Policy & Campaigns.
• Vice President – Supports the President and supports the Board Directors of SQC and Early Professionals
• Past President – Supports the President and the Board Directors of Conference, Regional Groups and Pubs & Comms

2021/2022 Board Members
President's Blog 9th January 2023

BAA as a Strong Voice for Audiology across the UK

Board members met in December 2022 to review our strategy for the coming year and decide on our priorities.

We reviewed our core strategic goals, which are:

  1. Being a strong voice for Audiology: Providing the leadership to influence national direction and policy
  2. Promoting excellence in clinical practice: Being the driving force for improving the quality of services
  3. Supporting Audiologists as professionals: In training, education and CPD
  4. Delivering a sustainable organisation: Maintaining and growing as a viable membership body

Over the last few years, particularly since the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe we have been successful in delivering on goals 2, 3 and 4. We have worked hard to support professionals, deliver CPD, both in person and virtually, and have extended our HTS scheme. Our website members area has many valuable resources, and we are always here to answer queries and support wherever possible. Our service quality committee continues to produce guidance for services, and the board has been involved in service review and advice about service improvement. We work tirelessly with many other bodies and stakeholders to support our profession.

However, we know that audiology faces serious issues right now, particularly for our NHS members, and you have told us that you want us to be a stronger voice for our profession.

So, we have gathered evidence together, including research, policy docs, feedback from members/membership engagement. We analysed the insights from the workshops we held in 2022 on workforce, leadership and quality & innovation, and worked to define what we actually want to see happen.

We now have a better idea of what we need to try and influence within all 4 nations. Among the most urgent are workforce issues in audiology and service quality. In England, we have met with some of those within NHSE who have the capacity to make changes – in the CSO’s office and in the Transformation Directorate. We have made it clear that without a plan to support, train and grow the audiology workforce, services will not only struggle to meet targets, but also to deliver on the transformations that NHSE is planning. We are also concerned about the variable quality of services and the barriers that prevent services from improving and engaging with assurance, such as IQIPs.

In Scotland, several board members are providing input into the National Audiology Review, and are involved in groups looking at quality assurance, education and training, and leadership and the structure of Scottish services. As you may have seen, in January, we will run several workshops to further discuss the themes raised in our recent survey of audiologists in Scotland. We will analyse the findings and report them objectively to the review and ultimately to the Scottish government. We will continue to support audiologists in Scotland after the review, and will be vigilant about what happens in response to the review’s recommendations.

We are keen to engage with audiologists in Northern Ireland this year, and to find out what issues they face. BAA is working on establishing links with DHSSPSNI – Strategic Planning and Performance Group – to directly influence workforce planning in NI. And of course, we will be attending Audiology Cymru in March to catch up with Welsh colleagues.

In all home nations, we will try to influence those who can make change as much as possible, within our limitations as a voluntary professional body, outside those systems. So please continue to keep us informed and engage with us, so that we can best support you.

Take care

Samantha Lear

President

Board Annual Awards

British Academy of Audiology Annual Awards

Every year at the BAA annual conference, we take the time to acknowledge those individuals and teams who have excelled or shown exceptional commitment to the Audiology profession over the past year.

Previous award winners can be found here.

The BAA award for the Audiologist of the Year, in memory of Peggy Chalmers, recognises an Audiologist who stands out from the crowd with regards to patient care. We look for an individual who has gone above and beyond to put the patient first, or improve their experience in even a small way, making a significant difference to them. This award is focused on patient care and we particularly welcome testimonials and case studies from patients, or colleagues, highlighting the reasons their Audiologist should be nominated.

Peggy Chalmers contributed immeasurably to audiology in many ways, improving professional standards and training and supporting hundreds of students from the UK and overseas. Her hard work and enthusiasm inspired many professionals in Audiology and with this award, we hope each winner will continue to inspire with their excellent work.

The BAA Team of the Year Award was created in 2004 to celebrate the coming together of the different professions within Audiology. The prize is awarded to a team which has worked together to improve the quality of service in their area. Teams which work within an audiology department, in education, in research, or in an organisational capacity are all eligible. Past winners have shown particularly innovative and original ideas or worked on a specific project directly connected to audiology. Anyone can make a nomination, the winning team is chosen by the BAA board and will have the opportunity to share their accomplishments via the BAA magazine.

Lisa Bayliss was a 20-year old student Audiologist working at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Sadly, in 1992, Lisa’s life was tragically taken on her way home from work. Lisa is greatly missed by all who met her but especially her family, colleagues and her patients. Lisa was kind, caring and worked well with everyone she met. She was described as a great people person. When it was suggested that an award be named in her honour, it came as no surprise that the award would be given to someone who showed the qualities Lisa possessed in abundance.

The Lisa Bayliss award was traditionally given to the student who performed best at the BAAT part 2 practical exam. With the introduction of the BSc, the award is now given to the student who performs the best during their BSc (PTP) placement.

The BAA award for the Placement Supervisor of the Year recognises an Audiologist who stands out from the crowd with regards to supervising and supporting a student while on placement. We look for an individual who has gone above and beyond to provide a supportive learning environment on placement for students, providing leadership and guidance as well as inspiration. The award is focused on the mentoring of students and we particularly welcome testimonials and case studies from student, colleagues and university placement teams highlighting the reason a particular audiologist should be nominated.

The award is given in honour of Paul Doody, an extraordinary Audiologist who was totally committed to training; he made a huge difference in the lives of numerous Audiologists. Shortly before the 2016 annual conference and after organising the Associate lecture track for the conference, Paul sadly passed away. Although he would not consider this an honour or indeed necessary, his family, friends and colleagues strongly disagree with him. They and the BAA Board feel he had the qualities all nominees for this award should aspire to.

This award, sponsored by Phonak, is for Audiologists working in the field of paediatrics who, it is felt, have influenced the audiological world. We welcome nominations from colleagues, patients and families highlighting why this person stands out from the crowd. We just ask that the nominated Audiologist has worked in their current position for at least six months.

The Student of the Year, sponsored by Oticon, is presented to the student who has achieved academic success in their course, particularly in their final dissertation. This award is open to students on all audiology courses leading to qualification or registration. All High Education Institutes will be invited to nominate students who they feel have achieved a high standard of work in their course. These students will be invited to submit an abstract on their dissertation to be judged by a panel.

The Jos Millar Shield is a long-standing award given each year for the best contribution to a BAA publication. The recipient is chosen from all articles printed in the previous year’s magazine and newsletter and is chosen by the publicity and communications team.

Jos Millar started his career in audiology at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. He had an interest in sound and radio and when an opportunity within audiology came along, he moved to this field and went to Manchester to complete his training. He was always fond of paediatric audiology so returned to the Royal Belfast Hospital for sick children. Later in his career he embarked on a new challenge to set up a paediatric service in his home town of Ballymena.

With his dedication to Audiology, it was only fitting for an award to be named in his honour.