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ELECTION TO COUNCIL Results

The 5 members voted onto the Council are as follows: Re-elected: David Foley,
and new members: Dr. Jay Jindal, Brenda Quinn-Hays, Eleanor Cadman and Simon Myhill.

 

Eleanor Cadman

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I work as a RHAD for an independent hearing company. I completed my MSc Audiology at Southampton in 2006 and spent the next couple of years completing the certificate of audiological competency at Swansea. From 2008 to 2020, I have worked in a variety of NHS hospital settings, and from September 2018 to September 2020 I was the Clinical Lead for paediatric audiology at Heartlands Hospital, UHB. My audiological interests are varied and include APD, unusual hearing loss configurations and also paediatrics. I empathise well on most conditions as I have hearing loss, tinnitus, intermittent balance problems, episodes of sudden sensorineural hearing loss and hyperacusis!

During my time at Heartlands I worked alongside Public Health England on an improvement project, to identify required improvement and I was able to implement the changes and bring the departments performance for the key performance indicator up to the required standard, and in doing so improve health outcomes for the babies.

I have often taken on leadership roles in interests outside of working, such as the chairman role for the local ladies circle group. When I’m not at work I spend time with my husband and 2 sons. I always try to go the extra mile with all of my clients and am always trying to keep developing my skills. I would be honoured to undertake a role on the council, and feel my skills gained in my career would be useful on training and education.

 


 

David Foley

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As an Audiologist in both employed & independent sectors for 25 years, I understand your world and how it’s becoming increasingly difficult.

Elected continuously since 2006, I’ve been BSHAA Treasurer and currently Chair of Customer Services, and Company Secretary. I’ve served on Education, Membership, and Finance Committees. Experience is vital and so is the ability to devote the required time to representing members – something I have always done.

Within Council, I unfailingly represent the interest of the individual Audiologist, not Employers or anyone else.

I have contributed heavily to BSHAA becoming the “go-to” organisation in private audiology. Crucial to this is BSHAA’s Customer Care Scheme which I helped to create and still oversee daily. CCS is an unqualified success story. HCPC now refers “routine” complaints to BSHAA rather than launching stressful, drawn out investigations which can drag on for months & years before reaching a resolution.

BSHAA is continually at a crossroads – the current one concerns online sales. In my view, supplying hearing instruments designed for face to- face dispensing, without a hearing test or otoscopy, is simply incompatible with being a BSHAA Member. Our desire for excellence cannot be maintained whilst allowing it to be eroded. I will always put forward this view and resist any attempt to sanction a race to the bottom on standards.

Members want credibility, support, & a financially sustainable environment. BSHAA must do everything possible to enable this and support nothing which undermines it.

I ask for your continued support.

 


 

Jay Jindal

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I am excited to apply for BSHAA Council membership this year. Previously, I had been associated with BSHAA in the capacity of professional development advisor. This provided me with the great exposure to how BSHAA works and what it does for the wider profession. Therefore, I didn’t need much motivation to aspire to be involved with BSHAA Council.

It is clear to me that the profession is at a juncture where it needs a lot of support from its members and organisation/s to be able to help both the professionals and public. While the current pandemic still continues to test what the stuff human societies are made of, the Sector is being pushed to new limits and it is all the more important for BSHAA to prove its leadership and execution skills. I am hoping that my knowledge and skills can make a small contribution in that regard.

I have a doctorate degree in audiology, more than 15 years of experience in working in UK in NHS and private sectors, and leadership experience. I currently work as an independent audiologist in Kent, London, and Surrey. I am a member of HCPC’s fitness-to-practice panel and also, I have a great deal of experience working with various Sector organisations in different capacities.

I am keen to help BSHAA Council with the ongoing activities and also to bring fresh ideas that will help the jobbing audiologists to act and feel good at helping their community to hear better.

 


 

Simon Myhill

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I am lucky enough to live in sunny Suffolk, and trained with Karen Finch, founder of The Hearing Care Centre, 10 years ago. I work with a great team at HCC covering clinics in Suffolk/Norfolk and lead the CPD training programme for a clinical team of 10. I am a qualified Clinical Ear Care practitioner using both irrigation and micro-suction techniques and have completed advanced tinnitus training. And, I’m passionate about today’s hearing technology - who would have thought two taps to my ear and I could get directions via Siri!

My aim is to be at the forefront of our profession ensuring I keep best evidence-based practice at the heart of everything I do. Enhancing the patient journey and providing a positive outcome is heightened by having up to date knowledge in all areas of audiology.

I will bring a can-do attitude to the Council, wax-lyrical about our profession to other professionals and the people we serve; be inquisitive as to how we do things and challenge as to whether we could do things better. I promise to listen, understand and get involved from the start in making a difference. I aim to represent the audiologist on the ground and provide a voice. 2020 is proving to be a challenging year for us all in many ways. I believe that BSHAA must continue to lead and guide our profession into the future. I’d like to play my part on BSHAA Council to help influence change.

 


 

Brenda Quinn-Hays

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I have been a Audiologist since 2006, working in a variety of situations within National and smaller Independent businesses.

In 2008 I started my own business in the North East and have successfully grown it year on year. I know what it means to be a working Audiologist every day and to build and successfully operate a business.

I have been a BSHAA member (and then Fellow) from the outset and have seen value in this, although I would like to help BSHAA grow its value to members and increase our public profile. At the end of the day, it's vital that BSHAA stands up for Audiologists and professional standards in the private sector because nobody else is going to and I pledge to do what I can within Council to ensure that BSHAA gives Audiologists the support they need and protects the standards we adhere to. Only this will enhance our status as autonomous healthcare professionals and re-assure the public that they can feel confident in placing their trust in us I am not a YES person,

I know what I think and I'm not afraid to voice it. If elected I promise to be an effective voice for BSHAA members and Fellows within Council.

 


 

 
What do Council Members do?

Council is the governing body of your Society where all important decisions are made to ensure that the Society is well managed on behalf of both the members and the profession. Council members are responsible for making sure that all the work that the Society undertakes on behalf of the profession is consistent with our threefold statement of purpose:

 Care: We believe in delivering the highest level of care.

 Support: We are passionate about supporting our members to achieve this.

 Advocate We are the voice of our community and will always be an advocate for the future of our profession.

The smooth working of BSHAA depends on the willingness of members to serve on Council. BSHAA couldn’t function without Council Members’ voluntary commitment to planning, delivering and overseeing its work, and taking key decisions in members’ interests. With the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, BSHAA played a vital leadership role for the audiology profession, working in partnership across the sector to produce clear and safe clinical guidance. This ensured that no-one was left without access to emergency hearing care services at a time when there was a major concern about the effect of isolation on mental health. BSHAA has continued to play a major role: repeatedly refreshing the guidance in line with the growing body of evidence about spread of the virus, appropriate standards of infection control, and use of PPE. Work continues to develop fresh guidance pushing the development of audiology into areas such as telehealth. BSHAA has also taken this opportunity to accelerate the digitising of our membership offer, making it more comprehensive and accessible. We’ve had a major thrust on professional development resources and training materials including webinars on hot topics, all supported by a new CPD App. BSHAA People is also moving on-line on a refreshed website. This activity to support our members through these most difficult times has happened because of the dedication of BHSAA’s Council Members. This is your chance to play your part in continuing to lead the profession forwards.

Is it for me?

Audiology is a diverse profession, and to function at its best, we need Council to be equally diverse. The pandemic and wider social issues have brought a sharp reminder of the need to look afresh at the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda. We have published a firm policy statement, committing to making it a central theme through all our work. During their term of office as Council Members take on statutory responsibilities as Directors of the Association, and we need our debate and decision making to be as informed as possible, whether we are seeking to respond to practical matters affecting the profession today, or considering the future needs of members who will be practising in a market environment that will be very different.

Currently, women, minority ethnic groups and those very early in their audiology careers are under-represented. Council would especially welcome more nominations from these groups. We are particularly looking to strengthen the following areas of expertise on Council:

 strong networks, connections and understanding of education and training;

 innovation and digitization of both content and member engagement tools;

 ability to lead and oversee implementation of key areas of change;

 relevant technology trends and understanding of new technologies;

 clinical leadership across the breadth of practice settings;

 influence and policy making. As the recognised Professional Body representing audiologists in private practice, BSHAA expects all Council Members to sign a Directors’ Code of Conduct to demonstrate their willingness to uphold the highest values of professionalism.

Do Council Members get paid?

The work isn’t paid, but if you lose income as a result of being a Council Member there is a modest loss of business allowance and of course the Society pays your travel expenses.

CODE OF CONDUCT for COUNCIL MEMBERS