Double award win for Merseyside NHS hearing team

A Liverpool NHS team is celebrating after two of its hearing experts received national awards for their work.

Rachel Saunders, who works as a Senior Audiologist at Aintree University Hospital, was presented with the Mentor of the Year award by the British Academy of Audiology (BAA).

The award recognises an audiologist “who stands out from the crowd with regards to supervising and supporting a student while on placement.”

Rachel has worked at Aintree for 21 years caring for patients with hearing, balance and other ear-related concerns. In her role as a clinical educator she mentors students from the University of Manchester, a number of whom have gone on to set up audiology-led services in other countries, such as Estonia and India.

Loujane Eljabri, who joined the team at Aintree in October, was named Student of the Year by the BAA.

She was nominated for the accolade by Withington Community Hospital and the University of Manchester for her “excellent academic achievements as well as her significant contributions to her peer group.”

Gaynor Chittick, Head of Audiology Services at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Aintree University Hospital, said: “These awards are so well deserved and I’d like to congratulate both Rachel and Loujane, who are real assets to the audiology team. Rachel does a fantastic job with the students who are on placement with us, which is crucial to developing the audiologists of the future, and Loujane is already making a really positive contribution having only been with the team for a matter of weeks.”