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Archive for January, 2015

27 JanHelp protect your local hearing loss services – Take Action Today!

Action on Hearing Loss have launched their new research report:

Under Pressure: NHS audiology across the UK

Protect the vital hearing loss services in your area

Based on the findings from a survey of 140 NHS adult audiology providers, the research shows that NHS audiology services across the UK are under significant pressure, with two in every five (41%) offering patients a reduced service as a result of budget cuts or increased demand.  It shows that short of removing provision altogether, many providers are being forced to make other changes to their services such as reducing follow up appointments, reducing the number/skill level of staff, increasing waiting times, and/or reducing home visits, and that there is much variation across the UK.

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23 JanDo you run residential activities for deaf children and young people?

Do you run residential activities or are you hoping to run them in the future?

If your organisation runs overnight trips or activities (or is hoping to) for deaf children and young people, where the parents of the child/children are not present, then there is a new regulation that will affect you.  In 2013 the Department for Education released a new regulation, requiring organisations that run residential holiday schemes for disabled children to register with OFSTED.

What is OFSTED?

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OFSTED stands for the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They are a national body/organisation who inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people.

How will this affect you?

This stringent new regulation may mean that you feel that you don’t have the required time and qualifications to meet the regulations and best practice required under OFSTED to run residential activities.

If your organisation runs overnight trips or activities where the parents of the child/ren are not present (or is hoping to in the future), you will need to consider your options.

These may include:
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