Training and resources for professionals
The Nottingham Auditory implant Programme works closely with local professionals when assessing and monitoring the progress of patients. We feel that it is important to share information and advice and have developed a range of resources to use in conjunction with local professionals.
Members of the Outreach Support Team (OST) visit children and young people on the programme in their homes, nurseries, schools or colleges. They provide training, where possible, to groups at local level and have also developed an annual timetable of centre-based training.
Nottingham OST Training Conference
This annual professional update is usually held in June or early July and takes place at the Nottingham Conference Centre. There is a small charge for the day to cover the venue, lunch and refreshments.
The conference is open to local professionals including Speech and Language Therapists, Teachers of the Deaf, Educational Audiologists and Teaching Assistants. Some local teams have found that it is a good opportunity to get their whole team together as one of their training days.
The conferences include:
- presentations by key note speakers on a variety of topics
- updates on new developments from the outreach support and from our audiology team
- discussion around recent research
- updates and hands on training with Cochlear, Medel and Advanced Bionics provided by their company representatives
The conference provides the opportunity to network with other professionals from a variety of authorities to discuss and share ideas.
To find out more or to reserve places for your team at our next conference, please contact Julie Robertson:
Professional Development Groups
Early Years Professional Development Group
This group meets twice a year, usually on a Wednesday, 10:00pm - 4.00pm at Ropewalk House.
Who is it for?
The sessions are free of charge and open to teachers of the deaf and speech and language therapists who work with young deaf children using cochlear implants.
What is it for?
We aim to encourage joint working between local teachers of the deaf and speech and language therapists. We have training sessions in relevant areas and pool our expertise to develop new resources which could capture the information that we think is valuable when monitoring young deaf children’s listening and spoken language development.
What do we cover?
Recent and forthcoming topics include the emergence of babble, speech production development, speech acoustics, language development and play.
To join the group or to receive details of future sessions please contact Amanda Odell:
Tel: 0115 948 5549
The Educational Audiology Professional Development Group
This group meets once a term on a Wednesday afternoon, 1.00pm - 4.00pm at Ropewalk House.
The sessions are free of charge and are open to Educational Audiologists, Technical Assistants, teachers of the deaf or any professional working with or responsible for radio aids and assistive listening devices within a service or located provision.
Updates and hands on training with Cochlear, Medel and Advanced Bionics provided by their company representatives.
Presentations by key note speakers on a variety of topics particularly regarding radio aid use with cochlear implants.
Discussion of the revised NDCS Quality Standards for fitting personal radio aids and feedback to the UK Children’s Radio Aid working Group
The group provides the opportunity to meet other professionals from a variety of authorities to discuss and share ideas.
To join the group or receive details of future sessions please contact Clare Boddy:
Tel: 0115 948 5549
Radio system policy
This NAIP policy was written as guidance for our team and for local professionals thinking about radio systems for deaf children with cochlear implants.
It was written with reference to the NDCS 2017 Quality Standards for the use of Personal Radio systems:
NAMES: Nottingham Auditory Milestones
NAMES is a profile developed by the NAIP team and produced by Advanced Bionics. You can view their website here.
It is designed for our youngest clients (under 2-3 years old at the time of operation). It is based on recognised developmental hierarchies and charts progress in the growth of active listening and auditory memory from very early listening skills through to a sufficient understanding of spoken language to enable children to learn by listening within a group situation as would typically be the case in an educational setting.
NAMES is designed to be used by non-specialists. Progress is charted based on observations by familiar adults of responses and behaviours in everyday situations and in play based activities.
We are happy to share the profile with interested professionals and would welcome your comments and feedback.To obtain the instruction manual, record sheets and other information, please contact us:
Early CaLL: Early Cognitive and Listening Links
This is a profile developed within the team in Nottingham specifically for our clients with complex needs.
For many years, the Nottingham Auditory Implant Programme (NAIP) has provided cochlear implants to children who have either presented with severe/profound cognitive difficulties in the assessment phase or who have subsequently received this diagnosis. These children have achieved a wide range of outcomes after cochlear implantation.
Early CaLL is a framework for sharing expectations about outcomes. The families of children with significant additional difficulties are unlikely to have a clear guide for expectations post implant, as the vast majority of information currently available, focuses on the typically developing population.
A key aim of the profile is to explain to families, in an accessible, positive but realistic way, the fundamental inter-relationship between their child’s likely level of benefit from a cochlear implant and their current cognitive and communicative abilities.
It also gives us the opportunity to record small steps of progress over the first five years of cochlear implant use which informs on-going expectations and planning.
The profile has two main sections, a developmental profile and a record of signal tolerance and equipment use.
We are happy to share the profile with interested professionals and would welcome your comments and feedback.To obtain the record sheets and other information, please contact us:
Staff at the Nottingham Cochlear Implant Team can provide further training on both this material and a range of other topics.
For local professionals or family groups who have patients registered on our programme, this training is provided free of charge. Training for other professionals can be arranged with costs in the region of around £300 a day.
If you wish to know more about our training programme, please contact us at the above email address or talk to the members of the Outreach Support Team who visit your area.