Qualifications: Cert ED, TOD, BEd, MEd.
Before joining the Trust, Jane was a teacher of the deaf and head of the infant and primary departments in a school for the deaf. She began working on the cochlear implant team in 1994 as a specialist teacher of the deaf, which involved working closely with the other professionals at Bradford Teaching Hospitals to assess and provide post-implant rehabilitation for children referred to the service for cochlear implantation.
Jane also visited families and schools across Yorkshire to provide support and to share and collect information. Initially the team was small, with only four members and there were fewer than 10 children on the caseload.
Jane became the paediatric co-ordinator and eventually head of service for the Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service /Cochlear Implants. There is now a team of 25 professionals and a caseload of over 1,000 patients – with at least 60 being assessed at any one time.
Her current role ensures that the service meets the needs and expectations of those referred – both children and adults, and that national guidelines and service specifications are followed. Moving into the Listening for Life Centre in 2009 has also helped the service to develop as a specialist training centre.