My Doctoral study is titled 'Improving patient experience, service access and outcomes for Deaf adults who use British Sign Language'.
This project concerns Deaf adults who are British Sign Language users and NHS Audiology Services. Its aims are: (i) To ascertain the parameters and characteristics of an effective hearing health service for Deaf sign language users; (ii) To improve access to and usability of high quality ‘hearing’ services for Deaf people who are British Sign Language users. The study will be firmly positioned within a recognition of Deaf people’s unique ontological positioning as visual peoples and the consequences of this for the contribution of Deaf ways of knowing to service improvement. Using a realist enquiry approach, the mixed methods study will engage both Deaf BSL users, who for a variety of reasons also use hearing aids, and audiological personnel responsible for effective service provision and engagement. It will result in a model of service improvement and implementation designed to promote culturally literate audiological service provision with Deaf people.
Professor Alys Young
Professor Kevin Munroe
Dr Katherine Rogers