A service providing improved ear care services for the over 55s in Rotherham has won a national award for its innovative approach.
The Ear Care and Audiology Service at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust won the ‘Care of Older People’ category at the Nursing Times Awards which were held in London on 2 November.
The service has brought two formerly separate teams together and now provides a seamless ear care and hearing service from Rotherham Community Health Centre.
Previously, many patients would have to wait up to six months and attend a number of separate appointments before receiving a hearing aid. Now, a one-stop-shop approach means that most of these patients can have their appointments and go home with a hearing aid on the same day.
A particular area of the service highlighted by the award’s judges was in relation to a range of training courses that the team deliver to nurses, doctors and audiologists from around the country. By doing so the team have created additional revenue which is then reinvested into NHS services.
Linda Mills, Head of the Ear Care and Audiology Service at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award. We have an amazing multi-disciplinary team who work extremely hard to provide our patients with a high quality service.
“Our patients think it is great that they can see the right healthcare professional and potentially go home with a hearing aid on the same day.”
To find out more about the service, or the training courses that are delivered, please visit www.earcarecentre.com
The annual Nursing Times Awards recognise the innovation and excellent care nurses provide every day across the country.ENDS