New Covid-19 guidance for practitioners

(1 June 2020)

BSHAA is providing advice and guidance during the coronavirus pandemic, both for practitioners and the public. You can access the latest guidance by clicking the links below.

Audiology and otology services during Covid-19

New joint guidance from the UK’s audiology professional bodies

Published: 1 June 2020

AIHPP, BAA, BSA and BSHAA published an updated version of their joint guidance on Monday 1 June 2020, and a detailed FAQ document to address many of the questions from members.

This updated guidance replaces the previous guidance that was published on 1 May 2020. The main change is to the screening questions for Covid 19 symptoms and to bring the guidance in line with the document ‘A graduated return to the provision of elective ENT services during the COVID-19 pandemic’ that was updated on 25 May.

This updated guidance refers to how to deliver care safely and as clinically required. The emphasis remains on providing care remotely first and whenever possible only offering face to face care where it is clinically necessary and safe to do so.

Please send any questions about the guidance to coronavirus@bshaa.com 

Joint Webinar

On 5 May, AIHHP, BAA, BSA and BSHAA held a joint webinar to update members on the revised Covid-19 guidance that was published on 1 May. Leaders from all four bodies were joined by Peter Rea, the president of the British Society of Otology. Thank you to all members who submitted questions in advance, and to everyone who posted questions during the webinar itself. All four bodies are now working on a detailed Q&A document to address as many of your questions as possible. This will be published soon.

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Additional support and advice

If you are unsure about changes you should make to operate within the new guidance, contact BSHAA at covid19help@bshaa.org for additional support and confidential advice about how to remain consistent with the guidance.

Should cases come to light where the guidance is not being followed correctly, BSHAA will engage with those concerned to encourage and support compliance, and will take appropriate action as necessary, but will not comment publicly on individual cases.

PREVIOUS VERSIONS OF THE JOINT GUIDANCE

If you are unsure about changes you should make to operate within the new guidance, contact BSHAA at covid19help@bshaa.org for additional support and confidential advice about how to remain consistent with the guidance.

Should cases come to light where the guidance is not being followed correctly, BSHAA will engage with those concerned to encourage and support compliance, and will take appropriate action as necessary, but will not comment publicly on individual cases.