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12 April 2013
New ABR guidance March 2013
A new version of the 'Guidance for ABR testing in babies' (v2.1 March 2013) has been issued. http://hearing.screening.nhs.uk/getdata.php?id=19345
These guidelines (edited by Graham Sutton & Guy Lightfoot) have undergone extensive revision and supersede earlier versions.
A revised version of the 'Guidelines for early assessment' is also close to completion.
5 March 2013
NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Programme National Programme Office secondment opportunity
A secondment opportunity to the Diabetic Eye Screening Programme for the role of a Data Quality and Information Officer is available. Details are on the job vacancy page.
25 February 2013
Screening in the UK 2011-12: Policy Review
The UK National Screening Committee's annual report on Screening in the UK 2011-12 has now been published. As well as introducing the work of the UK NSC and explaining the concept of screening, it covers the UK NSC's policy development work during this period, highlighting the conditions which were reviewed and explaining why screening was or was not recommended.
During 2011-12, the UK NSC made 13 policy recommendations, from alcohol misuse screening in adults to screening for thalassaemia in newborns.
The report also covers the current state of screening in each of the 4 UK countries, providing a summary of all the national screening programmes and key achievements during the year.
11 February 2013
Screening in England 2011-12
The UK NSC's annual report on Screening in England 2011-12 has now been published on the Screening Portal. It gives a fascinating insight into the NHS screening programmes*, as well as providing an introduction to the role of the UK NSC and what screening is - and why it is different to other types of service in the NHS.
The report is broken into a number of themes to highlight the successes and challenges of screening using quotes, case studies, statistics and commentary:
- Screening is important
- Screening is driven by evidence
- Screening has a unique role in the NHS
- Screening involves choices
- Screening has an impact
The Screening at a Glance section also provides a 2 page snapshot of screening during 2011-12 in numbers.
* Note that this report does not cover the cancer screening programmes, which are managed separately.
29 January 2013
Annual Conference 2013
'5 Million and Counting’
Date: Tuesday 19th March 2013
09.45 – 17.00
Venue: Dexter House, Tower Hill, London
The event will bring together leading practitioners, academics and clinicians presenting their latest research and practice in relation to hearing screening care pathway. The programme for the day includes presentations and workshops from international speakers as well as UK experts. In addition, at registration, attendees will be able to select from a number of workshops and seminars.
Speakers and contributors include:
- Associate Professor Lisa Hunter, Director of Research Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Centre, Cincinnati, Ohio, US
- Professor Melissa Wake, Associate Director Centre for Community Child Health; Royal Children’s Hospital and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia
- Dr Paula Pittman, Ski-Hi Institute, Utah State University and Programme Director Parent and Infant Programme at the Utah Schools for Deaf and Blind
- Professor Martyn Hyde, University of Toronto, Department of Otolaryngology, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada
- Professor Mike Sharland, Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, St Georges Hospital, London
- Professor Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer and National Director of Audiology, Department of Health
- Dr Kevin Fenton,Director of Health Improvement and Population Healthcare appointed for Public Health England
- Dr Anne Mackie, Director of Programmes for the UK National Screening Committee
- Professor Adrian Davis, Director of the NHS Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP) and the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination Programme (NIPE) in England
Seminars and workshops will be offered on topics including:
- Aetiology update
- Outcomes on early identified children
- CMV screening
- ABR update
- Managing conductive and mixed hearing loss
- New eLearning module for local managers
- Ski-Hi Institute Early Intervention Programme
A full programme can be found here
CPD points have been applied for.
To register, please visit:www.venueandhotelservices.com
Early Bird Registration Fee £95 available up to 8th February 2013
£120 Registration Fee after 8th February 2013
A flyer for the event, which provides the information given on this page, is available here. Please forward the flyer to colleagues who may find this day of interest.
11 October 2012
Sent by Siobhan Ryan and Nigel Attah
E-Ordering Portal, click here.
There have been some changes to the e-ordering portal.
- Completed Received- Satisfactory
- Completed Received-Unsatisfactory (with free text for notes)
- Attachments – A quote may be attached to the e-order
Querey – Approvers may query an order. E-ordering admins may edit the orders that have been queried.
11 October 2012
Algo 3i Calibration
Sent by Adrian Davis and Siobhan Ryan
Commencing with the next round of calibration, Algo 3i AABR cables will be calibrated to international standard levels. These are no more than 1dB quieter than current NHSP levels and are therefore very unlikely to make any difference to refer rates.
Please contact Siobhan.firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any queries.
8 October 2012
Share and discuss with local NHSP screening team
Sent by Lindsay Kimm, NHSP Head of Training and Development
It has come to our attention that a newborn hearing screener has posted inappropriate comments relating to their role and programme activity on a social media site. It is important to bear in mind that what is posted on social networking sites is in the public domain and should not bring NHSP or your Trust into disrepute. We therefore ask that you bring your local Trust Social Networking policy to the attention of your team. Also attached is a simple Social Networking Dos and Don'ts guide which you may find helpful.
Click here for attachment
Thank you for your support
20 September 2012
Upcoming ABR Refresher Courses for Audiologists
Sent by Graham Sutton to audiologists on the 20th September 2012.
There are two courses coming up soon:
- Sheffield, Tuesday 16th October - places available
- London, Wednesday 21 November - nearly full
If you would like to book one of the remaining places please contact AiIlsa Johnson at email@example.com as soon as possible. Details and booking form may be found here.
This one day course is suitable for all audiologists performing ABR testing on screen referrals and should be regarded as a refresher course rather than offering initial training. It will use a format of short presentations and group exercises.
Areas covered include:
- test parameters
- test procedures
- peer review
- interpretation of ABR click, tone pip and bone conduction traces
This course is especially relevant to sites that received NHSP QA recommendations relating to early audiological assessment.
The course fee is £100
Course tutors will be Graham Sutton, Guy Lightfoot and Siobhan Brennan