We are excited to
report that we are in the line-up for an Irish Healthcare Award 2019, Ireland’s
leading medical awards.
training course for audiologists has been shortlisted under the Patient
Organisation Project of the Year category.
Hosted by Irish
Medical Times and its publisher MPI Media, the awards recognise innovation and
excellence in the Irish healthcare sector.
We worked closely with
a group of audiologists to ensure that the course content met their aim of
providing an improved service to their patient groups. Our bespoke,
evidence-informed training is based on our core ABLE (Adopt a relational
approach, Build & Boundary, Listen and Empower) brief intervention training
Its aim is to support
audiologists in building relationships with their patients and to manage
boundaries of time, role and competence.
Dr Maeve Hurley,
founder of Ag Eisteacht, said: “We feel very honoured that our training course has
been recognised on a national level in this way.
audiologists to build rapport and trust, to listen effectively and reflectively
so that patients, and their families, feel heard and understood. They can then be
empowered to be active participants in their own care.
“Feedback from our
training has been extremely positive, with pre and post course questionnaires,
and a follow up session showing that the training had increased audiologists’ insight
into and understanding of how parents of a child might feel and behave when
their child is diagnosed with a hearing loss.
“Our plan now is to
roll this training out on a national level throughout Ireland to support Irish
audiologists to take a relationship-centred approach, and ensure that along
with the expertise of the audiologist input, patients and their families are
supported in coming to terms with and adapting to a diagnosis of hearing
The overall winners of the Irish Healthcare Awards will be announced at an awards evening at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin, on 20th November 2019.