The History of BCIG

BCIG Aims & HistoryIt might be fair to say that the principles of BCIG gradually emerged as the benefits of Cochlear Implants became more tangible. Commercial multichannel implants were introduced in to the UK in 1988, funded by charity. One of the first meetings on Cochlear implants in the overall management of hearing impairment took place on February 24th 1989. Speakers, included were Graham Fraser, Roger Thornton, Huw Cooper, Christine Harding (a patient), Damien Bains’ mother, Richard Ramsden and Sue Roberts. Constitutional organisation for a formal BCIG took place later in the year.

The main focus at that time was coordination of centres in response to Government funding for a 3 year assessment, over seen by Quentin Summerfield and David Marshall. The study successfully showed that CI’s were both clinically and cost effective in the treatment of severe to profound earing loss. It also saw the transformation of funding from charity to the National Health Service.

Between 1990 and 2003 BCIG met twice a year holding a 1 day academic and a 1 day ‘Business’ meeting. Eventually this was formalised into the annual two day meetings that are currently held today.

We are still trying to un-earth details of the earlier meetings – so any information would be really appreciated.

Currently we have the following.

  Academic Business Chair
1990 London   Graham Fraser
1991 Edinburgh 1st AGM   Graham Fraser
1992     Richard Ramsden
1993     Richard Ramsden
1994 Ayr   Richard Ramsden
1995     Richard Ramsden
1996     Richard Ramsden
1997 Manchester   Richard Ramsden
 
1998 Belfast Manchester Huw Cooper
1999 York Bridgend Huw Cooper
2000 Ayr Bristol Huw Cooper
2001 North Wales Stone Staffs Huw Cooper
2002 Southampton Manchester John Graham
2003 Belfast London – GOSH John Graham
 

 Changed to 1 meeting per year

2004 Oxford   John Graham
2005 Birmingham   John Graham
2006 London – St Thomas’s   Julie Brinton
2007 Dublin   Julie Brinton
2008 Bradford       Louise Craddock
2009 Cambridge   Louise Craddock
2010 Southampton   Louise Craddock
2011 Nottingham   Chris Raine
2012 Manchester   Chris Raine
2013 Turnberry   Chris Raine
2014 Leeds   Chris Raine
2015 Bristol