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Deputy Community Paediatric Audiologist - ICPS

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Pro rata per annum
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a keen and self- motivated Paediatric Audiologist to take on the role of deputy to the Paediatric Audiology Lead for 12 months to cover maternity leave. The post holder should be a highly experienced Paediatric Audiologist.

The position will involve working with the Paediatric Audiology Lead to provide professional leadership and management for the Paediatric Audiology service in Suffolk and Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP) in West Suffolk.

Main duties of the job

  • The successful candidate will need to work autonomously, within professional guidelines, with excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Perform routine and complex assessment of hearing, with interpretation of tests results.
  • Monitoring benefits from intervention and developing appropriate care pathways.
  • To lead on development, implementation and consistent use of clinical protocols in line with current evidence-based practice and to monitor staff's adherence to protocols.
  • To co-ordinate and participate in training schemes within the service.
  • Ensure adherence to clinical governance processes.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the full job description for more information

Job summary:

The post holder will be the deputy to the Paediatric Audiology Lead with advanced specialist knowledge in the field of paediatric audiology.

The purpose of this role is to provide professional leadership and management for the Community Paediatric Audiology service in Suffolk and Newborn Hearing screening programme (NHSP) in West Suffolk including the development of strategic frameworks which are robust, auditable and concur with acceptable best practice.

This role will ensure community audiology and NHSP services continue to be effectively delivered in conjunction with a range of partner agencies and services. The post holder will need to work autonomously within professional guidelines and support the paediatric audiology lead with systematic governance of audiological practice within the service.

Person Specification

Education and qualifications


  • BSc Audiology
  • Certificate of Audiological Competence or equivalent experience
  • MSc Audiology or relevant advanced level practitioner training
  • Registration with Health Professionals Council / RCCP
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Management/Leadership course

Experience and knowledge


  • Knowledge of primary and community services
  • Understanding of risk factors associated with hearing loss in the Paediatric population
  • Knowledge of professional services involved in supporting children and young people diagnosed with hearing loss
  • Knowledge of Newborn Hearing Screening program and associated guidelines relating to Audiology follow up.
  • Specialist knowledge of safeguarding children
  • Evidence of learning from relevant professional courses / seminars
  • Experience of Peer Review.
  • Experience of mentoring

Skills and abilities


  • Staff / team management skills
  • Extensive experience of working in Paediatrics.
  • Experience clinical experience post qualification experience working within NHS.
  • Competent in performing all routine Paediatric Diagnostic Procedures
  • Ability to deal with children with challenging behaviours
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Evidence of contribution to research/audit.
  • Experience working within paediatric audiology
  • Experience of Supervision of junior staff
  • Demonstrate excellent time management skills with an ability to plan and prioritise own workload
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Clear understanding of, and a high level of commitment to clinical governance
  • Excellent computer skills and use of MS office
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good presentation skills
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills
  • Skilled in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues and other professionals

Personal Qualities


  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and define responsibilities for others
  • Knowledge and understanding of professional and ethical issues
  • Ability to accommodate change
  • Flexible approach to working hours/duties and motivated

Employer details

Employer name

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


St Helens House



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