Organised and co-chaired by Barry Downes, BSHAA's Vice-President and Chair of the Society's Education and Professional Practice Committee this event was well attended and packed with information. Rory Kewney was the co-chair.
The day got off to an informative start with a presentation by Alan Torbet, BSHAA's Chief Executive, who has been leading the delivery of support for members wanting to become Any Qualified Providers and deliver NHS hearing care with in their practices. Alan's talk was called "AQP is Go!" and he explained to delegates how AQP was defintately going ahead it was just a matter of time before the first contracts were on offer. He said that members wanting to become AQP's would have to demonstrate clinical competence and would them be placed on the list of those offering NHS hearing care. But he stressed this did not mean they would automatically get NHS business, it would be up to GPs to refer their patients to them.
Alan Torbet, BSHAA's Chief Executive
Next on stage was John Sprange, from Dementia UK who talked about "Understanding and working with people with dementia.
After lunch the first speaker was Tim Husband RHAD DipEd HT. Tim is Chair of BSA Adult Rehabilitation Interest Group and his topic dealt with how the use and purpose of evidence based medicine, where this can enhance outcomes and where it can go wrong. He looked at the hierarchy of evidence and reflected on when it was safe and possibly even preferable to use experiential knowledge.
Tim Husband BSHAA member
Professor Brian Moore, Professor of Auditory Perception at the University of Cambridge
The final speaker of the day was the man who organised it, Barry Downes. One of the missions of the Education and Professional Development Committee this year is to ensure members are ready for the HPC's CPD Audit this summer.
Barry Downes BSHAA member