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.
There are seven awards, with six open for nominations. To be eligible, the people you are nominating must be members of the BAA.
The Audiologist of the year nominations were truly inspiring, but the strength of feeling that went into the nominations we received for our winner meant there could only be one outcome.
Our 2020 BAA Audiologist of the Year is Jason Smalley
In the face of confusing guidance around the Newborn Hearing screening Programme as outpatient departments shut across England, Jason stood up and took on the challenge to lead the advisory group who offered support and advice throughout. He became the liaison between the professions and PHE. As a result of the work two national guidance documents were produced. His work with PHE continues and has also led to the national review of Paediatric Audiology. His manager would like to point out that during all this time he made sure Jason’s day job was very busy too, and his whole department is proud of his commitment.
We had an impressive shortlist of nominated Teams and the strength of feeling in these nominations of how people feel their teams have risen to the challenge shone through. However, the winning team received several nominations that made them truly stand out:
Our winners are Audiology Services, University Hospitals Birmingham
At the beginning of the year the Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull hospitals merged and the plan for 2020 was to manage the integration of services to become one single team. The pandemic saw Audiology staff redeployed to various areas such as critical care, PPE donning & doffing, staff wellbeing support. Critical Audiology services were also maintained and developed. Its felt that the team has come out of the other side stronger and more united. The leads are so very proud of everyone’s contribution and achievements.
The Lisa Bayliss award goes to the student or trainee who performs best during their clinical placement. The winner receives a trophy and a cash prize
Our winner is Antonia Dolan
Antonia has completed her Certificate of Clinical Competence at Leighton Hospital Audiology department in Crewe. The department say she has been exceptional from day one showing a real passion for Audiology and her patients. During the pandemic whist her placement was suspended Antonia volunteered to be redeployed and became a ward runner and also coming back to support the department.
The nominations for this award clearly show what a significant impact a Supervisor can have.
Our winner is Bethan Finnegan, Clinical Scientist at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
Bethan’s students feel she has been amazing in making them feel safe, happy and content within the department. She creates an incredibly supportive environment where they could develop and solidify their practice.
Our winner is Jackie Harding, Principal Clinical Scientist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Jackie has been the lead Paediatric Clinical Scientist at Cardiff for the past 17 years, amongst her achievements she has had a huge role in the development of both the newborn screening in Wales and the Wales Paediatric Quality Standards. Jackie has recently made the decision to move to a role in Public Health Wales, her team feels this is a fitting send off as she has been an inspiration to all paediatric audiologists in Wales.
This award is sponsored by Phonak.
The award goes to the student nominated by their Higher Education Institute for outstanding academic work
This year’s winner is Elizabeth Parker
Elizabeth has just completed her MSc in Educational Audiology, where she has not only played a significant role as a leader in her cohort but achieved outstanding academic success. This achievement was crowned by an exceptional dissertation on a retrospective analysis of cochlear implant electrode deactivation in paediatric patients.
This award is sponsored by Oticon.
The Jos Millar Shield is awarded to the author of the most impactful article written for the BAA magazine over the last year. Whilst the content of our magazine goes from strength to strength there could only be one winner this year.
We are pleased to announce that this year the shield goes to Zena Butt for her article about her secondment to the London’s Nightingale Hospital.
The winning team in 2019 was Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD)
With 17 teams from across the UK nominated in the Team of the Year category, the decision was always going to be a tough one. However, more than 20 nominations for one particular team and the fact that team were celebrating their 100th year ensured that the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD) stood head and shoulders above their fellow nominees this year. Former students and professors along with current staff and the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Medicines & Health and Head of the School of Health Sciences, under which ManCAD sits all sung the praises of the BAA 2019 Team of the Year.
One nominator commented, “ManCAD is unique and special. We are unique in the UK because of our range of activities: education and training; hearing research; service development and provision of services. We are special because we are world leaders in each of our activities. Imagine what UK audiology would be like without 100 years of ManCAD!”
Another nominator said, “This year ManCAD is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and I feel it currently is the strongest research team the centre has ever had. The research carried out is translational, and underpins clinical delivery, for example the work on dead regions and the current ‘Ladies in the Van’ project. Led by Prof Kevin Munro, who is the only full-time Professor of Audiology in the UK, and the only Audiologist who is an NIHR Senior Investigator, the team not only carry out research but provide excellent education and training, including one of the Department of Health preferred providers of the STP programme and only providers of the HSST. The centre has been involved in service delivery, two major projects were newborn hearing screening and the modernisation of children’s hearing aid services. Staff have also made significant contributions to BAA over the years. I feel it would be very fitting to recognise the contribution of this team during the 100th year anniversary.”
Congratulations to Sam Blakemore, our 2019 Audiologist of the Year.
Sam, an NHS Audiologist in Brighton, was nominated by the mother of a patient who has been in her care for 14 years, from his first fitting at the age of 4 to his final paediatric hearing test at his transition to adult services appointment. The patient’s mum said, “With pleasure, she informed us that his hearing remains stable despite his loud practising! (Always great news to hear as a mother). Nonetheless, she expertly advised my son (who is soon to commence a degree in drumming) to get some ear protection for professional musicians.”
The mum continues, “Each and every time Sam has treated my son with the utmost respect, kindness and patience, which I believe, combined with her high sense of professionalism and obvious technical skill (leaving us mesmerized each time we go for an appointment as she tweaks buttons & adjusts settings!) make her an outstanding paediatric audiologist and I feel she thoroughly deserves the accolade of this award for her obvious commitment and dedication to assisting the lives of those who are hearing impaired.”
2019 Paediatric Audiologist of the Year (sponsored by Phonak) was awarded to Anisha Visram.
Anisha Visram, one of the famous ‘Ladies in the Van’, beat 12 other nominees to the Paediatric Audiologist of the Year prize. One of her nominators said, “Anisa is a dedicated researcher and remarkable young paediatric audiologist who has played a critical role in the success of the University of Manchester mobile hearing van study in which many infants with hearing loss are having their cortical auditory evoked potentials measured. She has driven the van around the UK testing infants, challenging work that has required considerable time away from home. She has also spent a lot of time taking the hearing van to conferences, educating the public and engaging with patients. Her dedication to this work has resulted in a remarkable data set that will enable better outcomes for children with hearing loss using amplification through advanced objective analysis of aided cortical responses.”
Jessica Malloy accepted the prize for Supervisor of the Year 2019.
Along with a nomination of Jessica from her student was a nomination from her line manager. They said, “Jess has taken to the role of student-supervisor brilliantly. She has not only trained her student clinically but has coached him through difficult decisions regarding his career and training. She has been able to have those challenging conversations, whilst maintaining his confidence resulting in him passing his placement year. I feel she has gone above and beyond as a supervisor this past year and deserved to be recognised.”
2019 Lisa Bayliss winner is Awajimijana Otana
This year’s winner arrived at the University of Manchester in September 2017, having undertaken his BSc in Information Technology in Nigeria. Not only did he have to adapt to a new country and culture but had to navigate a new education system and different approaches to teaching and learning.
Awajimijana Otana’s nominator said, “On arriving, his academic writing ability was limited; having never heard of critical thinking or reflective practice, Awajimijana had a steep learning curve ahead of him. However, what makes Awajimijana an exceptional student, is the passion he applied to his intellectual pursuits and his genuine love of learning. Awajimijana took every opportunity to learn, he became the class rep, contributed to class discussion but also spent hours visiting academic staff to talk and learn more about audiology. His intellectual vitality was infectious, which impacted not only on his own learning experience but that of other staff and students.” The nomination ends with the comment, “Awajimijana has been an outstanding and inspirational student who deserves recognition for his achievements. Not only has he excelled in his academic pursuits but also in his clinical practice. He has taken every opportunity offered to him, during this journey both in and beyond the classroom. He has demonstrated the importance of striking the balance between the science of audiology and the human experience of hearing loss, proving himself a dedicated and caring clinician.”
Student of the Year (sponsored by Oticon) presented to Mehwish Khokhar
Mehwish Khokhar excelled academically and on placement and gained employment with her placement provider prior to graduation. At graduation, Mehwish received the award for the highest dissertation mark and the Rufus Grayson award from Guymark for the overall highest marks in the programme. Her supervisor said “Mehwish Khokhar began as a student at De Montfort University in October 2016. Within her first term, she had initiated The Audiology Society and created a social and peer support network. Her purpose was to pull the group together to support each other emotionally and to provide opportunities for group study and revision for exams. As well, the group did fundraising for the British Tinnitus Association. Mehwish also attended the Special Olympics in Belgium this year, along with some of her peers and lecturers, in order to help with the Health Athletes Hearing Screening programme.”
Jos Millar Shield presented to Caroline Rae
Caroline Rae was chosen as this year’s winner due to her two articles that featured in the BAA magazine in the last year. In our Autumn issue, Caroline wrote about Audiology Directed MRI to Exclude Vestibular Schwannoma and the Winter issue featured her article: A Quality Improvement Project: Redesigning the Patient Pathway for Vestibular Services – An Audiology Led Direct Access Clinic for Labyrinthitis and Vestibular Neuritis. The Pubs & Comms team felt both articles contributed significantly to the magazine and our audiology education.
The winning team in 2018 were the Children & Young People’s Audiology Centre at St Thomas’ Hospital.
Audiologist of the Year for 2018 was Cara Brown.
Paul Oddie was the Paediatric Audiologist of the Year, an award sponsored by Phonak.
The Supervisor of the Year award is given in honour of Paul Doody and the 2018 recipient was Kathryn Lewis.
Kirsten Ellis was the 2018 winner of the Lisa Bayliss Award as the student who performed the best during their BSc (PTP) placement.
The 2018 Jos Millar Shield was presented to Professor John Culling
The Oticon Student of the Year for 2018 was Elisha Jawaid.