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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.

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 changes in Audiology education the award is now given to the student who performs the best during their clinical placement, from any full time course.

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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.

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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.

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Paul Doody Supervisor of the Year Award 

This year, the BAA Board have decided to rename this award.   It is now the 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 last year's 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.


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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.

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BAA Student of the Year Award - Sponsored by Oticon 

The Eriksholm international summer camp is held each year at the Eriksholm research centre in Denmark. The idea is to offer a place for young audiologists and students from 20 different countries to meet, exchange ideas, and gain access to the newest knowledge on hearing impairment. In 2018 60 students visited. The ethos is to provide our students with inspiration, new knowledge on technologies and research and to network with fellow Audiologists from other countries. Visitors look at new research and are offered demonstrations of new technology, still in development. They see how the organisations work and discuss the future of hearing care and possibilities for developments. 

See link: https://www.eriksholm.com/news/2018/eriksholm-summer-camp-inspired-young-audiologists 

Nomination criteria: 

This award is open to students on all Audiology courses (leading to qualification or registration) 

We invite Higher Education Institutes to nominate a student you consider to be an outstanding Early Audiology Professional. Whether Foundation degree, undergraduate or post-graduate. (For undergraduate students consider those in the second year and above.) 

The student may have made significant contributions to their group, mentored other students, be deaf themselves and overcome barriers to communication to work in the profession, be studying against the odds or have developed innovative practice or project work. Equally the student you choose may have achieved a high academic standard that you wish to celebrate and recognise.  

We are happy to take multiple nominations for this great award. Decisions will be made at board level (those with conflict of interest have no voting option). 

To nominate your student please email baa@fitwise.co.uk giving the name, organisation, email address and a paragraph giving us the reason for their nomination.   Please put in the email header 'BAA Student of the Year – Oticon’.  The closing date is 23rd August. 

Prize: Title and trophy of “BAA  Student of the Year sponsored by Oticon”, Trip to renowned Eriksholm International Summer Camp, cash prize 

Presented:  Friday 15th November at 10.15am in the Main Auditorium

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.

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