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Clinical Scientist / Audiologist (Auditory Implants)

Employer
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Oxford
Salary
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
19 Dec 2023

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The Auditory Implant Programme in Oxford is expanding and we are looking for a Band 7 Advanced Audiologist or Clinical Scientist (Audiology) to join us. The Oxford Auditory Implant Programme provides an assessment, surgical, fitting and follow up service for adults and children in the region who cannot wear or do not gain adequate benefit from standard hearing aids.

You will join a team of Clinical Scientists, Audiologists, Speech and Language Therapists, and a Teacher of the Deaf, and will work closely with ENT colleagues to provide this highly specialist service. The post holder will also be a member of the wider audiology team which includes both adult and paediatric audiology. Some clinical work in these areas may be possible for the interested candidate.

We are looking for someone with a positive approach and can-do attitude who has enthusiasm for auditory implants. You will need to have post-qualification experience in both adult and paediatric audiology, to include behavioural testing in children. Previous experience of cochlear implantation is an advantage, although training will be provided.

Main duties of the job

The role primarily involves carrying out assessments of suitability for cochlear implants, BAHAs and Middle Ear Implants, together with the fitting and programming of these devices. Full training will be provided. You will also be expected to contribute to service development, evaluation, audit, and research. You will work as part of a team dedicated to quality and effective patient care.

Additionally you will be carrying out regular aided audiometry, speech discrimination testing, REMs to evaluate current hearing aid settings and programming contralateral systems.

In addition, the post holder will work closely as part of a multidisciplinary team responsible for their own clinic preparation and delivery, working with ENT consultants, Speech and Language, Educational Audiologists, Paediatrics (as required) and the Implant Programme Coordinator. Part of the role includes responding to patients queries and questions which can arise and supporting the administration team with this.

About us

Applicants should have an MSc in Audiology with CAC / HTS, or STP in Neurosciences (Audiology modality), or have a BSc in Audiology / PTP Healthcare Science (Audiology) with evidence of further specialist training / qualifications in Audiology. You will be an Audiologist or a Clinical Scientist (Audiology) registered with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP), the Academy of Healthcare Science or the Health and Care Professions Council (registered as a Clinical Scientist).OUH is one of the UK's largest teaching hospital trusts. We offer a comprehensive service for both adults and children including Cochlear Implants, Bone Anchored Hearing Aids and Middle Ear Implants.

The implant team sits alongside a busy audiology service for both adults and paediatrics. You would be joining a large team comprising Audiologists, Assistant Audiologists, Clinical Scientists (Audiology), Hearing Therapists and administrative colleagues. We are actively involved in training and have colleagues on degree apprenticeship, PTP and STP programmes, with all staff having regular CPD opportunities. The service has undergone significant development over the last year and is actively working towards IQIPS accreditation.

You will be based at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and may be required to undertake clinics at a variety of locations around the county as part of a wider service development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification.

The post will involve remote working on average for 1 day per week and the post holder must be able to work our core day, Thursday.

This post is funded from 1st April, 2024.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • BSc Audiology, PTP Healthcare Science (Audiology) or MSc in audiology with CAC / HTS, or STP in neurosciences (audiology modality)
  • Evidence of further specialist training / qualifications in paediatric audiology
  • State registered with HCPC as a Clinical Scientist (audiology modality), with RCCP as an Audiologist or with AHCS as a Healthcare Scientist


Desirable

  • MSc Audiology
  • Evidence of further specialist training in cochlear implants
  • BSL level 1


Experience

Essential

  • Evidence of recent CPD activities
  • Significant experience working as a band 6 specialist audiologist / Clinical Scientist in NHS setting
  • Extensive experience of behavioural hearing assessment in children of all ages
  • Extensive experience of hearing aid fitting and verification in adults and children including real ear measurements and RECD.
  • Experience of training other members of staff including those at same or higher grade (as well as more junior staff)
  • Experience of communicating with colleagues from other disciplines including paediatrics, ENT, education, speech and language therapy


Desirable

  • Research experience
  • Previous cochlear implant experience
  • Previous bone-anchored hearing aid experience
  • Experience of objective hearing assessment in adults


Personal Skills / Knowledge

Essential

  • High level of knowledge / competence in audiology, including assessing hearing of children and adults with severe/profound hearing loss
  • Ability to give formal presentations at local and national meetings / conferences
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent clinical judgement


Desirable

  • Knowledge of NHSP


Behavioural Skills

Essential

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to communicate complex information to people from a variety of educational backgrounds in emotionally challenging situations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to show empathy
  • Positive proactive attitude and enthusiastic approach, with can-do attitude even when under pressure
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Resilient and able to multi-task and prioritise competing demands
  • Aligned to the Trust values.
  • Committed to own personal development


Technical Skills

Essential

  • Excellent manual dexterity and coordination to accurately manipulate equipment and small devices to include hearing aids and accessories and insert probe tubes accurately into ear canals
  • Computer literate with experience of working with the Microsoft Office and specialist audiological software


Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

John Radcliffe Hospital

Headley Way

Oxford

OX3 9DU

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