10th January 2014 – Senior Audiologist recognised as one of the best for the fifth year running
An audiologist at Airedale Hospital has received special recognition in a national competition for the fifth year in a row.
Alan Walshaw, who cares for those with hearing difficulties, has received another certificate of commendation in recognition of his achievement in the UK Audiologist of the Year aware – the only person to be commended in the awards for five consecutive years.
Alan, 46, a senior audiologist who has worked at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust for eight years, said: “I’m pretty lucky that people have taken the trouble to nominate me, as people are often quicker to say something negative. It also benefits the hospital by showing it in a positive light.
“We recently stopped promoting the competition within the hospital so there were no leaflets for patients to fill out as there have been in previous years. So to still be nominated is a good thing.”
Run by the hearing and battery manufacturer Rayovac and hearing industry publishing group Audio Infos, the competition is judged independently by a panel of leading industry experts. The competition is voted for by hard of hearing people across the UK who wish to reward professionals who go the extra mile to help patients.
There were over a thousand nominations for the competition and several hundred were from the north.