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British Academy of Audiology Awards 2018 

Once again this year at conference we held our annual Award Ceremony celebrating a wide range of achievements within our profession. This year there are 7 awards in total, six of which are open for nomination. Can you think of someone who should be nominated in 2019?  Please take time to think about this and nominate your colleagues.  Read below the nominations and testimonials of this year's winners. 

Lisa Bayliss Award 

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 clinical placement. 

The winner of the Lisa Bayliss Award is Kirsten Ellis:


Kirsten has been taking her postgraduate audiology qualification at UCL part-time over the last three years, whilst working as an assistant audiologist at GOSH, being a student STAR representative and a 'friend to the deaf'. I am often asked what are the qualities of a good audiologist. I typically answer - great communication skills, excellent knowledge and clinical skills, critical-thinking skills, problem solving skills, patience and above all compassion and a willingness to go above and beyond to help patients with hearing and balance problems. Kirsten has all these qualities and more. Despite having significant non-audiology matters to deal with, she is unflinching in her positive attitude and has approached challenges with good humour, kindness and grace. It has been a privilege to have contributed to her audiology education.  

Audiologist of the Year Award in Memory of Peggy Chalmers

The BAA award for the Audiologist of the Year, in memory of Peggy Chalmers, is an award that will recognise an Audiologist who stands out from the crowd with regards to patient care. We are looking 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 difference to them. The 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 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 has inspired many professionals in Audiology and with this award we hope each winner will continue to inspire with their excellent work.

The winner of the Audiologist of the Year Award in memory of Peggy Chalmers is Cara Brown:

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Cara is a bright, bubbly and enthusiastic part of a very special team in Edinburgh.  She goes above and beyond with both staff and patients.   In her own life she shaves her head for charity!

Cara will take patients who turn up late for other audiologists in her own time and will sometimes be out later than she should.

I work with Cara and think she is a diamond, always happy and making jokes, I have never seen her unhappy at work.  The children love has as do we - Here's to our Cara!!

Team of the Year Award

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.

The winner of the Team of the Year Award is: The Children and Young People's Audiology Centre, St Thomas' Hospital 

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The Children and Young Peoples Audiology Centre (CYPAC) is one of the largest paediatric services in the UK serving a birth rate of around 26,000 and is one of the few paediatric teams to have achieved UKAS accreditation as a medical diagnostic service.  The service aims to provide effective and high quality family centred care and the passion and commitment of the team of audiologists ensures these aims are achieved.   On top of the  outstanding clinical service the team provide for patients and their families they also have a long history of involvement in service improvement projects including development of the specialist 'Hummingbird Clinic' for patients with social communication difficulties or complex needs; development of an aided CAEP clinic to support and validate hearing aid fittings in infants and complex needs patients; involvement in developing distance support technology, specifically to support engagement in disengaged adolescents; developing innovative new counselling strategies and counselling tools in conjunction with internationally reknowned audiologists and researchers to better support families.

Recently the team has developed a series of three videos that feature audiologists, patients and their families to provide information and support for newly diagnosed patients and their families.  The videos are entitled 'Children's audiology - the place, the service, the people', 'What does my hearing loss mean for me?' and 'My baby has a hearing loss - what next?'  The videos are readily available on the internet and can be utilised by the families of any parent of a patient newly diagnosed with a hearing loss tosupport them and give them confidence during what is typically a very emotional time.


The team of audiologists at CYPAC continually demonstrate an exceptional dedication and commitment not only providing excellent care to patients and their families but also to pushing the boundaries of what is considered standard practice so that the service they provide is always developing and improving.  As such, the team thoroughly deserve to be recognised for their contributions to audiology.

Paul Doody Supervisor of the Year Award

Paul was an extraordinary Audiologist and totally committed to training, he made a huge difference to the lives of numerous Audiologists.  Sadly, shortly before the 2016 conference and after organising the Associate  track for us, Paul passed away.  Although he himself 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 all the qualities all nominees for this award should aspire to.


This award will recognise an Audiologist who stands out from the crowd with regards to supervising and supporting a student while on placement. We are looking 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. Please note only students or new graduates can make the nominations.


The winner of the Paul Doody Supervisor of the Year Award is: Kathryn Lewis





Kath has invested a lot of time preparing students with regards to Clinical Governance; an area which an often be de-prioritised when training students. An awareness of the processes behind good governance, and why it is important, will help prepare the next generation of leaders. Even though Kath is based in Withington, she organises study days for all students in our trust. Had she focused only on her STP students, I would not have been able to benefit from the information or the practice. There have been times when students from different parts of the UK have travelled in for the study days.

Throughout the years she has also positively influenced the STP and how students are examined to have fairer exams, which are more relevant and which ensure students are tested to a high level of skill.   Kath's biggest influence on me is when I have observed her during the day-to-day management parts of her job: the way she communicates with people and approaches challenges. I feel observing these soft skills has helped me reflect on, and improve my own leadership skills.

I would like to nominate Kath for this award because of her longstanding dedication to training the next generation of PTP and STP students. For years she has gone over and above her role and organised detailed study days to help with OSFA examinations, case based discussions, and dealing with the stresses and uncertainties experienced during their training. She does all of this in the most pleasantly calming way and makes sure to give everyone their time of day.


BAA Paediatric Audiologist of the Year - Sponsored by Phonak

This award is for audiologists working in the field of paediatrics. It is aimed at those in any area of paediatrics who, it is felt, have influenced the audiological world. We welcome nominations from colleagues or patients and families highlighting why this person stands out from the crowd. We just stipulate that the nominated audiologist has worked in their current position for at least 6 months. Nominations will be judged by a panel including the Bamford Lecturer, a member of the Phonak UK Professional Services team and the BAA Board.

The winner will hold the title and trophy of “BAA/Phonak Paediatric Audiologist of the Year” and will also be invited to write an editorial feature in the BAA Magazine.

The winner of the Paediatric Audiologist of the Year Sponsored by Phonak is: Paul Oddie


Paul has been my paediatric hearing specialist from when I was 5 years old until I became an "adult" hearing aid criteria and transitioned to private audiologists.   

 Throughout my time, Paul always ensured that I had the best support for hearing aids, and went out of his way to ensure I had the best possible equipment for my requirements. He also spoke to teachers, schools, universities, and even when I went private to source the new Naida Q-Ups which were not available on NHS funding, he spoke at length to my new audiologist to help the transition.   

At Lancaster University Paul helped communicate with their disabilities department to ensure I had the best chance of succeeding. When I started my career after leaving university he assisted with my application for Access to Work which allowed me to get a Roger Pen and Microphone which assisted me in my new work environment.   

Finally Paul devotes a large amount of time to Salford Deaf Childrens Society. When I was a member this only had 5-10 turning up, whereas now this is 50 strong in 2018 due to the hard work and efforts of himself and Mrs Bridgeford. They are a shining beacon to the children and parents who often find themselves in an uncertain position after their child has been diagnosed, and this enables a support network for both children and parents.   

 Ultimately, I am now a Chartered Accountant working for a "Big 4" firm, compete for England Deaf Golf, and competing in the World Deaf Golf Championships 2018.

 I owe a large amount of gratitude to Paul and my hearing support worker for giving me the support I needed to embark on my chosen career. Without their   continual support and determination to help, I would have a very different scenario facing me. Paul would be a very deserving recipient of this award as he does everything I have listed above to all the children under his care.

BAA Student of the Year Award - Sponsored by Oticon

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

The winner will hold the title and trophy of “BAA/Oticon student of the Year” along with a cash prize and an all expenses trip to the the renowned Eriksholm International Summer Camp  where they will listen, observe and learn together, forging lifelong contacts and friendships.

The closing date for nominations is Monday 30th July, the closing dates for the Abstracts to be submitted is Thursday 24th August.  Please note only higher education institutes can nominate students.
To nominate a student please email baa@fitwise.co.uk giving the name, organisation, email address and reason for their nomination.   Please put in the email header 'BAA Student of the Year'.

The winner of the BAA/Oticon Student of the Year is: Elisha Jawaid


 I am writing to put forward a final year student on the BSc Healthcare Science Programme (Audiology) at the University of Manchester, for the BAA Student of the Year Award. The student’s name is Elisha Jawaid. 

Elisha commenced her degree in September 2015. During her time on the programme she has consistently achieved outstanding academic marks, resulting in her just being awarded a first class degree classification.

I have been a clinical lecturer here at Manchester for nearly 15 years now and have taught many students during this period. However, sometimes you meet students who really leave and impression on you for all the right reasons and this was certainly the case with Elisha. 

I first taught Elisha in year 2, during my unit Introduction to Rehabilitation. This unit focused on the human side of audiology. Certainly, from an educational perspective, preparing undergraduate audiology students to address the psychological and social impact of hearing loss needs more than a resume of diagnostic activities and good academic grades. It requires individuals who are compassionate and empathetic, who recognise that although audiology is a science, at its core is a human being. 

Within the arena of audiology education, we often observe that students are comfortable and secure in their concrete knowledge, such as following protocols and procedures. They have control in terms of how the appointment will be structured, the tests that will be undertaken and ultimately the management options available to the patient. The difficulties arise when the student is encouraged to let go of their expert hat, relinquish control of the clinical encounter and begin to work in partnership with their patient. At such a young age and without clinical experience to call upon, abstract concepts such as patent centred care can be difficult for a student to truly understand and are often viewed as a care ideology. 

However, with Elisha this was never the case; in all her assignments and presentations she continually brought the patient’s agenda into focus. Her ability to connect to the patient’s feelings and put the patient truly at the centre of care, was consistently demonstrated throughout her academic and clinical work.

Not surprisingly her research dissertation focused on “Defining Patient Centred Care in Audiological Rehabilitation.” Elisha recognised that although patient centred care has received a lot of attention in audiology literature in recent years, there were actually no studies which explored what patient centred care actually meant to audiologists. 

Consequently, Elisha developed a qualitative study which aimed to interview clinical audiologists on a one to one basis, to explore the clinicians understanding of patient centred care and how this was embedded into their clinical practice. 

As her dissertation supervisor, I witnessed first-hand the hours of work Elisha put into this project ensuring the work produced was of an exceptionally high standard .Her writing was outstanding and her clarity of thought was clear and precise .Her project received a mark of 88% (the highest mark awarded in her cohort) and was viewed as exceptional piece of work by all members of staff who read her work. 

To conclude, I would recommend Elisha unreservedly for this award, not only has she been an exceptional student academically and clinically but has also given her time willingly to help out at university open days and has promoted audiology as a career to school and college students. I am sure she will have an exceptional career ahead of her and she will be an asset to the profession of audiology.



Other award not open for nomination:

The Jos Millar Shield Award

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

The winner of the Jos Millar Shield Award is: John Culling


 Conference 2018 Poster Winners:

1st Prize Research Poster  - Ruth Brooke - A Review of the Audiological Aspects of Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

1st Prize Clinical Poster - Hannah Cooper - Radio Aids for Deaf Children - Policy and Practice

1st Place Student Poster - Dialechti Tsimpida -  Socioeconomic Inequalities and Hearing Health: Findings from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)

2nd Place Student Poster - An Invesitigation into the Audiological Testing Methods of Children with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorders)

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