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Academy for Healthcare Science



The Academy for Healthcare Science was established in shadow form at the beginning of 2011, and an Interim Chief Executive was appointed soon after this.

The high-level ambitions for the Academy were set out as follows:

  • Define high quality education and training standards across the UK HCS workforce and improve patient outcomes by ensuring that the standards are promulgated and met.
  • Enable effective professional engagement in the ongoing development, and review of national curricula for the UK HCS workforce, across the career framework


The Academy for Healthcare Science is the first Register for the healthcare science workforce to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

Academy Register accredited by PSA - the first healthcare science register to do so


The  Accreditation quality mark signifies that the Academy has meet the Professional Standards Authority’s high standards in governance, standard-setting, education and training, management of the register, complaints handling and information; assuring the public and employers.


Monitor Report March 2015

NHS adult hearing services in England: exploring how choice is working for patients





National School for Healthcare Science


The National School of Healthcare Science is an important part of the new system for healthcare science training established through Modernising Scientific Careers. This new system was set up to ensure that patients benefit from the scientific and technical advances by ensuring that healthcare science staff have the knowledge and skills to put these advances into practice.


New Born Hearing Screening (Wales)

NHS England  

Commissioning Services for People with Hearing Loss:

A framework for clinical commissioning groups 



NHS Commissioning Advice


The Commissioning Zone is a portal for clinicians, managers and anyone else involved in commissioning. It brings together in one place the best sources and resources, to save time and promote sharing of useful information


NHS Innovation


The NHS is recognised as a world leader at invention, however sometimes the best ideas fail to achieve widespread use in the NHS as adoption has been slow. Now more than ever before, innovation has a vital role to play if it is to continue to improve outcomes for patients and deliver value for money.



NHS Employers Website


The dedicated Healthcare Science section of the NHS Employers website has many useful resources, events and learning opportunities. http://www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/plan/healthcare-science-workforce


NHS Managers


A newsletter that offers up to date information on how AQP is viewed by some NHS managers and summarises information. Sign up to their newsletters on the site to receive up dates.





NHS Supply Chain




NHS Supply Chain helps NHS trusts reduce costs on clinical supplies and medical capital equipment, providing a procurement and logistics service which transacts more than 316,000 products nationally, spanning areas such as audiology wound care, gloves, implants and surgical equipment.

The Hearing Aid and Accessories Framework renewal (August 2014) was the culmination of two years’ work by the Audiology Supplies Group (ASG), Public Health England, suppliers and NHS Supply Chain to bring the best possible technology to the NHS, available at the best global price. 

This huge undertaking resulted in a strong portfolio of technology being available at the best global price, ensuring the best options for the hearing impaired community. The two way relationship fostered between suppliers and NHS Supply Chain has placed the needs of the NHS Audiology profession and the hearing aid user at the forefront of everything we do, and will continue to benefit the Framework. Continued collaborative work between NHS Supply Chain and  the supply base has led to in excess of £2.5m savings nationally. 

All new products on the National Framework Agreement have been clinically evaluated by the ASG (Audiology Supplies Group), a group of highly experienced and trained Audiologists. 


Posted April 2015

NHS Five Year Forward Plan


Building the NHS of the Five Year Forward View - NHS England Business Plan 2015/16


 NHS England has published its business plan for 2015/16, setting out its priorities for the coming year.



NHS Choices


Lists local services for Audiology

You can check using your local postcode to see if your service is listed here: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/hearing-problems/Pages/getting-your-hearing-tested.aspx

BAA feel it is important that all services are equally reflected on the NHS choices website and felt it important that this information is shared. 

Subsequent contact with the site gave the following information on how to get your service onto the website and how to ensure updates to services are accurate. 

The Hearing Aid Services dataset is published on NHS Choices through data provided by Serco for the Department of Health. Please send these, and all future changes, direct to  nhschoicesupdates@serco.com who will update all related datasets.

These will feed through to NHS Choices as part of our regular data feeds and will be updated on the site.

Please note that this can take up to  4 weeks from original submission.”

The following gives detail on how to ensure your Service is represented on NHS Choices and I would suggest you


·        look at the website http://www.nhs.uk/service-search

·        search “Hearing Aid Services” and check which of your local sites are listed.

·        Send information to update the local list of services to nhschoicesupdates@serco.com

·        Check in a few weeks to ensure the list has been updated

 When contacting Serco please ensure you include the following details,

·        Name of Service

·        Address

·        Contact Details

·        Opening times

 Posted 13th August 2015

Accessible Information Standard for the NHS

The final version of the Specification for the accessible information standard, the Implementation Guidance and supporting documents are published on the NHS England Website

 The accessible information standard tells organisations how they should ensure that disabled patients / service users and, where appropriate, carers and parents, receive information in formats that they can understand, and that they receive appropriate support to help them to communicate. 

Department of Health England provides and update on RTT (18-week target reporting). 

July 08, 2015 

Changes to the Referral to Treatment (RTT) operational standards and reporting arrangements.

Simon Stevens wrote on 4 June 2015 to let you know that he had accepted Sir Bruce Keogh’s recommendations on improvements to current waiting time standards and reporting arrangements. This letter sets out the operational arrangements required to enact these changes.

The admitted and non-admitted operational standards are being abolished, and the incomplete standard will become our sole measure of patients’ constitutional right to start treatment within 18 weeks.
This means that from the date of this letter (24th June 2015), no provider or commissioner will receive any form of sanction, whether in the form of regulator investigation/intervention or the levying of financial sanctions, for failing the admitted or non-admitted standards.

Read the full letter here


NDCS Report Right From the Start

2016 marks 10 years since the roll out of newborn hearing screening in England.

Most babies born deaf are identified within a few weeks through screening and getting support right from the start has been shown to transform the language and communications skills of deaf babies.

This report celebrates 10 years of universal new born hearing screening in England. As you may know, the National Deaf Children’s Society took a lead in campaigning for this programme to be introduced. It is clear that the programme has transformed the lives of many children born deaf but, 10 years on, there is still much to do to make sure that high quality early years support is in place following diagnosis. http://www.ndcs.org.uk/right_from_the_start.html