Introduction

NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG, NHS Darlington CCG, NHS South Tees CCG, NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG and NHS North Durham CCG (the CCGs) are working together to re- procure the Direct Access to Adult Hearing Services for Age Related Hearing Loss - Audiology Services. The impact of hearing loss in adults can be immense both at a personal and a societal level leading to social isolation, depression, loss of independence and employment challenges.

The ageing population means that demand for both hearing assessment and treatment services is likely to rise substantially over the coming years.  However, a significant proportion of this client group will have straightforward hearing loss that does not require referral for an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) out-patient appointment prior to assessment.  These patients would benefit from direct access to adult hearing care services with a referral being made directly from their General Practitioner (GP) enabling timely diagnosis and treatment.  To make sure we procure a service that meets the needs of local people we are carrying out a period of 8 weeks public engagement from Monday 14th May 2018 until Friday 6th July 2018 and would welcome your views.

The closing date for completed surveys is Friday 6 July 2018.

If you have any questions, queries or would like help completing the survey, please contact the Communications and Engagement team on 0191 374 2795 or at NECSU.engagement@nhs.net

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