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 introduction of the BSc, the award is now given to the student who performs the best during their clinical placement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org giving the name, organisation, email address and reason for their nomination. Please put in the email header 'BAA Student of the Year'.
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.