Our multidisciplinary team of professionals aim to provide a quality patient centred service.
Here is a quick guide to some of the people you may meet and what they do.
YAIS/Cochlear Implant Team
Consultant ENT Surgeons
The consultant ENT surgeons have specialist experience and knowledge about cochlear implants. They perform cochlear implant and other ENT surgery. Patients/parents will see them at clinic appoitnments pre and post surgery.
Cochlear Implant Service Manager
Rob oversees YAIS (Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service) which includes both the Audiology and Cochlear Implant Services
The joint service co-ordinators manage the cochlear implant team. They ensure patients referred to the Cochlear Implant Team are assessed and supported appropriately, meeting their needs and the requirements of Quality Standards.
The admin team work closely with all the professional groups who make up the Cochlear Implant Team. They handle all new referrals, organise your appointments and send out clinic letters. They liaise between the service and other hospital departments regarding such things as scans and admissions. The Receptionist is usually your first point of personal contact with us (either on the phone or in person).
Audiologists/Clinical Scientists (Audiology)
The Audiologists assess and monitor the patients’ hearing and their ability to participate in the tests which are required to programme the cochlear implant. You can talk to them about your or your child’s hearing levels, hearing aids, what a cochlear implant is and how it works.
- Shazia Begum Audiology Officer/Assistant Healthcare
The technical officers look after the patients’ equipment by providing care and technical support. You can ask them advice about spares and repairs and how to troubleshoot faults and problems.
Advisory Teachers of the Deaf (TODs)
The teachers assess and monitor how children listen pre and post implant. As the child’s key worker they liaise with parents/carers as well as other professionals working with the child. They are based at the centre but do outreach visits to home, school and other educational settings.
Speech & Language Therapists
Liz Hamilton (Paediatrics)
The speech and language therapists assess and monitor, speech, understanding and communication. They give advice on how to develop communication skills further. They provide support to patients and parents pre and post implant. The speech and language therapists are based at the centre.
Rehabilitation Support Worker
The RSW supports families for whom English is a second language, enabling them to access the service without language restrictions. This allows patients and parents to be more involved with their healthcare through both spoken and written information in a range of home languages.