About Us

Action for Deafness is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee. 

The organisation was founded, as a charity, in 1994 by deaf people and for deaf people in West Sussex.

Action for Deafness provides advice, support, information and services to enable Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and deafblind people to lead independent lives.

The organisation is core funded by West Sussex County Council and works in partnership with many other local and national organisations including the NHS with which it has a contract to provide audiology services.

We are continually developing and strengthening our services and this website is just one way of making our services accessible to all.

If you would like to know more about the work that Action for Deafness does please contact us.

UKAS Accreditation 

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) granted the
UK’s first accreditation for Improving Quality in Physiological
Diagnostic Services (IQIPS) to Action for Deafness for adult
hearing services to the IQIPS standards.

Independent assessment and accreditation is a key part of the
Royal College of Physicians (RCP) IQIPS Programme which
seeks to improve the quality of physiological diagnostic
services nationally. The programme covers the range of
physiological diagnostic specialisms which includes audiology,
cardiac physiology, gastrointestinal physiology, neurophysiology,
ophthalmic and vision science, respiratory and sleep physiology,
urodynamics and vascular science.

UKAS has been contracted to deliver the national assessment and
accreditation service for all eight physiological diagnostic
specialisms and is working closely with the RCP on a plan for
the staged roll out of accreditation to each specialism.

In 2012, Action for Deafness was granted accreditation for
its audiology services for its sites



Paul Stennett, UKAS Chief Executive.

“UKAS has shown it can support healthcare to effectively progress its quality agenda by delivering this innovative accreditation scheme based on standards developed by the
professional body supported by the various physiological diagnostic specialisms and relevant stakeholders. I congratulate Action for Deafness on being the first organisation
to achieve UKAS accreditation to these high standards. UKAS accreditation already underpins a wide range of diagnostic activities within the healthcare sector assuring the public
about the quality of services that patients receive"


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