NHS England hosted a conference in London on 3 March 2017 - World Hearing Day - to provide an update on the Action Plan on Hearing Loss. Three new best-practice guides were also launched at the event.
The new publications from NHS England follow 2015’s Action Plan on Hearing Loss and last year’s national commissioning framework.
BSHAA Chief Executive Prof David Welbourn said at the event that he welcomed the new guides but said more action was needed to deliver the Plan and to promote and implement the framework.
The new ‘What Works’ guides - which are due to be published soon - are:
- Hearing Loss and the Transition to Adulthood, which is specifically aimed at organisations that have a role working with young people with hearing loss through transition to adulthood;
- Hearing Loss and Employment, which is aimed at employers to help them support people with hearing loss in the workplace;
- Hearing Loss and Healthy Ageing, aimed at commissioners and medical and social care providers who work with older people with hearing loss.
Professor Sue Hill OBE, chief scientific officer for England, said: “The guides have been produced in partnership by NHS England, the Department of Work and Pensions, the Department for Education and hearing loss charities. They cover the life course as individuals with hearing loss move from childhood to adulthood, join the workforce and age healthily.
“The aim of these three guides is to help create a whole system approach to the delivery of public services. They will help organisations to support individuals with hearing loss as they navigate the system throughout their life course so they have a positive experience and can lead successful, fulfilling and independent lives.”
The event saw presentations from the chief executives of The Ear Foundation, Action on Hearing Loss and the National Deaf Children’s Society, as well as an update from Fiona Carragher, NHS England’s deputy chief scientific officer, and Brian Lamb, chair of the NHS Alliance.
Prof Welbourn said at the event: “I’m really proud on BSHAA’s behalf to be supporting the campaign for better care and support with hearing. I’m wearing a pair of demo hearing aids today as part of my commitment to appreciate just a small part of the experience of being a hearing aid user.”