Health resources

Scroll down to see our range of health resources for professionals who work with deaf children.

The Health of Children's Hearing Services in England (2017)

The report publishes the findings of our survey of children’s audiology services. We found that the biggest challenges for services are recruiting appropriately qualified staff, a lack of training for existing staff, and funding pressures. However, we also found that those who have achieved IQIPS accreditation were more likely to have a training programme, and less likely to have problems with staffing or waiting times than non-accredited services.

The health of children's hearing services in England Feb 2017 698kb

The health of children's hearing services in England Feb 2017

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Lessons from IQIPS accredited paediatric audiology services (2015)

In November 2015 we interviewed 10 audiology services that have achieved IQIPS (Improving Quality in Physiological Services) accreditation and asked them about their experiences. The booklet gives an insight into the accreditation process, tips and advice for services thinking about starting IQIPS accreditation, and what they felt the benefits were of accreditation to their service.

Lessons for Accredited Paediatric Audiology Services Report.pdf 596kb

Lessons for Accredited Paediatric Audiology Services Report

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Writing reports for non-specialist audiences (2015)

This guidance, by NDCS and the National Sensory Impairment Partnership (NatSIP) is for audiology professionals in the UK who work with deaf children and young people

The purpose of this guidance is to support professionals to write reports that give external agencies a full and thorough understanding of a deaf child's needs.

This includes reports to inform Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, as well as assessments for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

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My Life, My Health (2014)

The My Life, My Health campaign, developed by our Young People's Advisory Board, aims to improve deaf young people's experiences of health services. A range of resources were developed for the campaign including:

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Hearing equipment ‘how to’ videos

Help parents keep their child’s hearing aids in good working order by sharing step-by-step instructions from our audiologist.

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Commissioning audiology services for young adults (2011)

Our briefing provides guidance and quality statements that should be considered during the commissioning process to ensure appropriate services are available to meet the needs of young adults.

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Quality Standards: Transition from paediatric to adult audiology (2011)

This publication has been written for professionals in audiology services who are working with deaf children and young people as they move from paediatric to adult audiology services.

We know this journey of change will be different for every deaf young person and suggest that this guidance is useful for working with young people from the age of 14 years.

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Quality Standards in Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids for Children and Young People (2010)

Good practice guidelines and quality standards for all professionals and decision-makers who work with deaf children and young people, from ENT, audiology and multi-disciplinary professionals involved in their care up to adult service.

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Information for Health Visitors

NDCS has worked with the Institute of Health Visiting (IHV) to create two factsheets which sets out good practice on working with families where hearing loss is a) suspected or b) confirmed. These factsheets can be downloaded from the IHV website:

Working with families where a hearing loss is confirmed

Working with families where a hearing loss is suspected

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Online map of services for deaf children in London

Working with Great Ormond Street Hospital, we've produced a map with information about services for deaf children for professionals, families and deaf young people in London.

Please send any feedback or updates to londonhearingservices@gmail.com.  

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Our archived health resources

The documents in this section are provided for reference purposes only. They are no longer up to date. If you have any questions or comments, please email professionals@ndcs.org.uk.

Quality Standards in Paediatric Audiology: Guidelines for the early identification and audiological management of children with hearing loss (2000)

QS Paediatric Audiology, NDCS, 2000 - ARCHIVE (903 kb) [pdf]

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Audiology information for families