This was first issued in June 2014 but updated the following year and is intended for Commissioners and Providers of adult hearing services within the NHS. It was produced by the National Community Hearing Association in conjunction with BSHAA to provide a bridge for commissioners and providers between that guidance and NHS England’s commissioning framework for hearing services which is currently under development.
As such it also supports the delivery of NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, The Forward View into Action – planning for 2015/16 and will also help commissioners and providers meet the goals set in the Action Plan on Hearing Loss. Using the guide at a local level will enable progress to be made on outcomes and better use of resources for patients, populations and the NHS. Specifically it will support commissioners and providers to reduce costs and waste, deliver out-of-hospital care at scale, continuously improve quality in hearing services, focus on prevention and maintaining,independence in older age, support people with adult hearing loss – a long-term condition, meet needs within available resources.
There are a number of Annexe’s to this document which you might like to read too: