Service Outline

Children’s Hearing Services delivers high quality services to children with hearing impairment and their families who live in the North Derbyshire area.

Hearing assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management and support is delivered at The Royal Hospital, Buxton Health Centre and a number of local health centres. The service and support is also offered in Special School settings in North Derbyshire.

The age range seen within the service is newborn to 16 years old when patients are transitioned to adult services through the specialist pathway.

The service has a close working relationship with Paediatrics and ENT in North Derbyshire and has Specialist Scientific Services delivered locally by working in collaboration with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The Children’s Hearing Services Working Group consists of professionals from within the service, Education, Social Services, Derbyshire Health, parents and voluntary sector members including National Deaf Children’s Society, working together to improve services for children with hearing impairment in the region. The service is a member of the South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire Paediatric Audiology Network.

Where We Are

We work in a variety of community settings across North Derbyshire including:

  • Children’s Hearing Services at  Chesterfield Royal Hospital
  • Buxton Health Centre
  • Local Health centres
  • Special school settings
  • Families homes

Referral information

Children's Hearing Services accepts referrals from GP’s, Health Visitors, School Nurses and other referring Clinicians in agreement with the Parent or Guardian. We also accept referrals from the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme which the service has responsibility for.

The referral must be discussed with parents and a letter or referral form completed to include the reason for referral and history of symptoms.

Once a referral has been received and considered an appointment for initial assessment is made.

We are part of an integrated service and have close links with our colleagues in CAMHS, Paediatrics, Speech Therapy and School Health.

Additional information

The Lead Consultant is registered with Royal College of Physicians and the department delivers medical training.

Scientific staff are registered and regulated by the Health and Care Professionals Council, (H.C.P.C) and the department is British Academy of Audiology accredited to deliver Higher Specialist Scientific Training in collaboration with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHSFT.

Audiologists are on the RCCP voluntary register and have shown they are eligible, the individual successfully completes a Degree Qualification through a University

Each member of the team is checked through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before they can be employed. All professionals who work with children must be CRB checked, as part of Safeguarding Children.

The Children’s Hearing Services Working Group consists of professionals, parents and voluntary sector members working together to improve services in the region.