Chair's Update November 2020

My best wishes to you all as we continue to navigate these challenging times. To those who joined the BSA online conference last month, I really hope you enjoyed the excellent content and brand new format. Very much looking forward to reviewing your feedback and thinking about how we can do even more for our members. Many thanks to all those involved including our management Fitwise, Gemma Crundwell and the conference team, our sponsors Starkey and Signia, and all our presenters and exhibitors.

For those of you working clinically, we have reviewed the joint COVID-19 guidance dated 1st September 2020 and released a joint statement. It remains that risk assessment should be based on the local restrictions in your area and Level 4 in Appendix 9 in the guidance considered if your area is under greater restrictions. In all areas of the UK under lockdown, firebreak, or tiered restrictions we advise a digital first approach for existing patients to limit their travel for items that can be delivered. Audiology appointments remain essential medical visits and should be carried out in line with the existing protocols from the Joint Guidance. You can read the full statement and link to other relevant guidance noted HERE.

Finally, I’m looking forward to the next BSA Trustees meeting on December 1st and discussing some immediate priorities from the new BSA strategy. These include a survey to inform the BSAs plan for equality, diversity, and inclusiveness, and a formal review of our portfolio of Special Interest Groups. I’ll update you on these next month.

Take care, and stay safe and well.

Derek Hoare

BSA Chair.

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