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Our conference programme this year will once more have a strong clinical focus. There will be updates from the world of research, over views of policy updates, exciting service innovations and examples of clinical excellence. Our main aim is for delegates to leave the conference with a clear idea of how they can implement what they have heard in their own departments or careers. Key sessions will cover cognition, screening programmes, developments in tinnitus research, technology updates and audiology in primary care.
We are continuing with our streamlined programme with only 3 main parallel tracks, there will be early morning discussion groups and workshops and we are bringing back the popular ‘All You Need to Know’ sessions. New for 2018 is the Professional Development lounge, here we will be having workshops on integrating research into clinical roles, the launch of the BAA Tinnitus CPD module and an exploration of the new REM guidelines amongst other things.
On Thursday 8th November the conference will be officially opened by Sue Falkingham, President of BAA, who will then introduce the Adrian Davis lecture. This year it is being delivered by Dr Nicholas Reed, who will start us off by giving a review of his current work at the John Hopkins School of Medicine including the Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders (ACHIEVE) study. Barbara Weinstein, Professor of Audiology at City University of New York, will follow with her keynote lecture about hearing and cognitive decline.
Following the keynote lectures will be the first part of this year’s BAA Awards ceremony.
After refreshments the morning continues with the first of the breakout sessions, with a choice of talks and a stream dedicated to the research carried out by our platinum sponsors. We will also start our activities in the Professional Development lounge.
The afternoon begins with the Annual General Meeting which all current BAA members are welcome to attend to hear reports of the work carried out over the last year and listen to proposed changes ahead. For any non-members poster and exhibition viewing continues on from lunch time. Following this the breakout sessions resume with the ‘All You Need to Know’ series.
The last session of the day takes place in the main auditorium and this year is an update and round table discussion on how to combine generations in the workforce, outlining what we can learn from the millennial generation.
This year the Bamford Lecture is given by Andrew Whitehouse, Education Consultant and TEDx speaker, on how we can make our appointments patient centred for those with ASD/ADHD/PDA. This will be following by a keynote lecture from Louise Hickson, Professor of Audiology at the University of Queensland, on family centred care. The second half of the BAA Awards ceremony takes place just before morning break.
Friday continues with further breakout sessions, more ‘All You Need to Know’ sessions including ones on developing leadership and top tips for IQIPS, and further input from our Platinum sponsors. We continue the high quality talks and free papers on subjects such as validation of hearing aid fittings in babies, results of the GP led early interventions study and opportunities for you to present your work in the free paper sessions.
We will round up the two days with more from Barbara Weinstein and a final keynote lecture from Stephen Hart, Director of the NHS Leadership Academy. Sue Falkingham will then close conference.
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