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Higher Training Scheme (HTS)
Higher Training Scheme update (Aug 2019)
The BAA is reviewing the Higher Training Scheme (HTS) as it is now over 12 years since the scheme was introduced. Following a membership consultation last year, there was still overwhelming support for the scheme and its continuation, as it is highly regarded within the profession.
In order to ensure the scheme is viable and fit for the future, a number of changes have been proposed, to include a time limit to complete modules, updating the examination process to include pre-requisites and training for examiners, reviewing and updating the clinical modules, and no longer continuing with the non-clinical modules.
The changes are being done in two stages. Some of the proposals are being considered immediately, and will be incorporated into new regulations expected to be launched towards the end of the summer / autumn. Examiners and the relevant BAA board members are currently being consulted about this. In parallel the BAA has written to the Association of Clinical Scientists (ACS) regarding the removal of the non-clinical modules as being compulsory for the stage one route to the Certificate of Attainment, for those wishing to gain Clinical Scientist registration via the ACS. The second stage will involve consideration of amending the examination process to make it more efficient in terms of resources, whilst maintaining the expected clinical standards, in addition to a review of the clinical modules available.
With regard to the non-clinical modules, once the new regulations are approved, the membership will be given 12 months notice to submit any non-clinical module portfolios for examination, after which time examination will no longer be possible.
The HTS review has resulted in opportunities for more members to get involved in the HTS scheme, either as part of the HTS Sub-committee or as an examiner. If you are interested in getting involved in the Sub-committee please let the BAA know. Once the new regulations are approved we will be writing to all members who are eligible to be examiners, who aren't current examiners, to ask if they are willing to become an examiner.
The BAA are planning a HTS examiner training / update immediately prior to the BAA Conference in Liverpool this year, on Wednesday 13th November 2019 at 3pm, and encourage all existing and new examiners to attend. Please notify BAA if you are able to attend this meeting by emailing BAA@fitwise.co.uk by the 11th of September 2019. Further details will be sent out nearer the time and there will also be opportunities for the wider membership to hear about the scheme and the recent changes at the BAA Conference this year.
The Higher Training Scheme (HTS) is an in-service professional development scheme designed to enable individuals to acquire the required depth and breadth of knowledge and competence to fulfil the needs of specialist and advanced practitioners.
The HTS is a modular training course offered in accredited departments for qualified Audiologists looking to gain specialist training in a variety of clinical areas. To be eligible for the HTS you must:
be working as a qualified Audiologist
have an accredited centre prepared to train you
have evidence of M-Level study in the specialist area you wish to train in
To find out more about the HTS Scheme, log into this website and view the HTS Information tab.
The HTS Committee is responsible for:
Supporting the effective delivery of HTS training and examinations
Accrediting centres who wish to provide HTS training
Ensuring Logbooks have been completed appropriately prior to examination
Answering questions regarding HTS training
If you have any questions regarding the HTS, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the administration of the scheme is currently under review.
Meet the Team
The current HTS Committee members are:
Lynzee McShea - HTS Practical Exams Coordinator
Harriet Crook - Chief Examiner