Miser101
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Hi

I am currently studying Audiology now I was wondering whether there is any scope to found and run a successful hearing clinic. I know that NHS are outsourcing more of the hearing services to private industry due to huge waiting times in overstretched hearing departments but I was wondering whether anyone has any information in regards to this issue.
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It's a little bit more complicated than that. Under the Any Qualified Provider scheme, private companies can get a contract to provide NHS services. In some areas there is a choice of multiple AQP providers plus hospital Audiology. In other areas, there is no AQP and Audiology services are only provided in hospitals. If you Google "NHS AQL audiology" you'll get lots of info about this.

I'm sure there is scope to build up a hearing clinic, but you'd need some solid practical experience of working in the sector behind you, plus good business acumen.
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I've just been reading more about this (it was mentioned at one of my lectures this week) and there's not much money in it. Boots started pulling out of AQP provision earlier this year: https://www.actiononhearingloss.org....=posts&t=11854.
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