This section provides policymakers and NHS Commissioners with information that will help deliver high quality and cost-effective local hearing services. Learn more about:
- Hearing loss in your area
- Assessing hearing needs
- Commissioning high quality, cost-effective and sustainable services
If you would like to access any additional support and guidance please email us at [email protected].
Today over 9.5 million adults have a hearing loss in England. Use the hearing map below to get an overview of hearing needs in your region.
The NCHA has worked in partnership with the NHS, LGA, PHE, Association of Directors of Public Health, Action on Hearing loss, the NDCS and public health experts to co-produce a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) guide and accompanying hearing loss data tool to help assess local needs and plan services accordingly.
These resources aim to support local authorities and NHS commissioners meet statutory duties to assess the needs of local populations, take account of health inequalities and commission high-quality services to meet local hearing needs and improve public health.
Commissioning high quality, cost-effective and sustainable services
The NHS National Commissioning Framework (NCF) for hearing loss services was published in July 2016. It supports effective commissioning of adult hearing services by:
- Supporting NHS systems leads secure good value services for their local populations
- Ensuring the needs of local people are met by high quality integrated care
- Addressing access and outcome inequalities
- Improving patient choice when it comes to selecting services
- Contracting and monitoring outcomes and referrals from all providers to ensure consistency
- Read the NCF
- Read the model service specification for adults, including outcome measures
- Read the model service specification for children
- Access the proposed outcome measures for children's services, tinnitus services, and vestibular services
This section can be read alongside other resources for policymakers and commissioners on our website. Commissioners in England might find the following resources helpful in that they provide independent evidence that:
- Hearing loss is a major and growing health challenge
- Early diagnosis and management of hearing loss is cost-effective and encouraged by NICE and NHS England
- Hearing aids are cost-effective
- Providing care closer to home can help improve access, quality and value for money
- Hearing loss in adults: assessment and management (NICE)
- Hearing loss in adults: assessment and management - full guideline (NICE)
- Tinnitus: assessment and management (NICE)
- NHS adult hearing services in England: exploring how choice is working for patients (NHS Improvement):
- Action Plan on Hearing Loss (Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England)
Originally published: 2015
Reviewed: September 2020
Next review date: September 2021
Info: This guide was updated as part of a website upgrade in 2021.
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