Thank you to everyone who has contributed feedback regarding the concept of forming a College of Audiology. All your comments have been very helpful and the overwhelming response has been positive. Questions raised by various members tend to focus on how a College of Audiology would be set-up, funded and operate.
Since the initial joint statement published on 15 February, meetings and events have taken place at which this concept has been explored further, including on 25 March where 100 people attended the BAA, BSA and BSHAA collaborative event , “Hearing: A sense of purpose”, in Bristol. Delegates at this collaborative event listened to a presentation by the CEO of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and found it to be very informative as it provided a good example of the scope of work a College undertakes and the benefits of such work, you can review that presentation by clicking here.
A follow up meeting of representatives from BAA, BSA, BSHAA, NCHA and AIHHP took place on 8 May to revisit the RCSLT presentation and discuss the feedback received since the original idea of a college was circulated.
Feedback so far falls broadly under six main themes:
The organisations who have worked on this initiative so far now plan to:
In the meantime, you are still welcome to send any further thoughts directly to your membership body of choice.
Sue Falkingham British Academy of Audiology President. [email protected]
Dr Ted Killan, British Society of Audiology Chair [email protected]
Andrew Coulter, BSHAA President, [email protected]
Prof David Welbourn, Chief Executive, BSHAA, [email protected]
David Hewlett, National Community Hearing Association, [email protected]