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Audiologist

Employer
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Windsor
Salary
£29,828 to £36,311 per annum (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
15 Mar 2024

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Profession
Healthcare scientist, Audiologist
Grade
Band 5
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 5 Audiologist in Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. BHFT provides Audiology services across Slough, Maidenhead, Bracknell and Windsor. We are a young and vibrant team and are looking for a motivated audiologist to join us in this development role where further training in specialist clinics will be encouraged and supported.

We are passionate about providing outstanding and joined up care for our service users and their families and are always looking at ways to develop and improve the service. We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic individual with strong communication, organisational and IT skills who is able to work autonomously and to effectively prioritise their workload in accordance to both local and national guidelines.

This post is for a full time (37.5 hrs/week) and permanent position. The base for this post will be King Edward Hospital and the applicant may be required to cover clinics in other sites. You should have a BSc in Audiology or equivalent and will be registered with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists or Health and Care Professions Council. You should have experience in adult diagnostic and rehabilitative care. Graduates will be considered for this role.

If you are a driven and ambitious individual, with a passion for patient care and the desire to further develop your clinical skills, consider applying for this role.

Main duties of the job

  • Work unsupervised whilst performing all standard hearing tests for both adults and children (> 3 years of age) following professional standards and protocols.
  • Assist senior Audiologists in performing advanced audiological procedures.
  • Take detailed medical and audiological histories, interpret test results, identify red flags and where needed to onwards refer to appropriate stakeholders Explain these to patients, relatives and carers in an appropriate, empathetic manner, being sensitive to the complex communication difficulties of patients who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Advise the adult patient on audiological management options and agree a treatment plan with them.
  • Perform physical examination of the ear and inspection of the ear canal and eardrum using an otoscope. Recognise referable ear conditions using clinical judgement and procedural guidelines.


About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites


Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Take a specialised and accurate ear impression by syringing dedicated earmould material into the ear canal in accordance with procedural guidelines. This will require effective communication with and the co-operation of the patient.
  • Select and fit digital signal processing hearing aids using computer based programming software in accordance with protocols.
  • Verify hearing aid fitting using highly skilled coupler and real ear measurements (REM). The REM involves the insertion of probe tubes deep into the patient's ear canal to within 3mm of the eardrum. This will require effective communication with and the co-operation of the patient.
  • Instruct and guide the patient in operation and maintenance of the hearing aid, adapting the instructions and approach to accommodate the patients communication and physical difficulties.
  • Provide patient specific counselling with regards to management of their hearing loss. To provide non-complex tinnitus support to patients as part of their audiological management
  • Record accurately, and in a timely manner, all patient records including test results and journal entries electronically onto a computerised patient management system and database.
  • Perform outcome measures by using standardised quantifiable questionnaires. Administer the questionnaires to the patient pre and post hearing aid fitting in accordance with protocols.
  • Evaluate the fit of earmoulds and modify as necessary using a hand precision lathe and/or drill.
  • Decontaminate earmoulds in accordance with departmental infection control policies.
  • Perform hearing aid repair and maintenance when required.
  • Carry out daily calibration of all audiological equipment and record log of calibration.
  • Assist with timely and efficient operation of stock control, IT and equipment management or audit.
  • Participate in clinical audit and any on-going research and development of new techniques within the service.
  • Participate in the departmental process for appraisal/personal development and keep your Personal Development folder up to date in line with relevant Trust Policies.
  • Assist the Head of Hearing and Balance Services in the efficient management of the service and promote and implement all the Trust policies and procedures. The post holder will prioritise their workload and use innovative processes to ensure the smooth operation of the service.
  • It is essential that the post holder will be willing to work as a member of the team, in all sections of the service as may be required across Berkshire, adapt to changes, and aim to improve service to patients and the quality of Audiology.

The must haves for this role:
  • BSc in Healthcare Science - Audiology / HCCC in Audiology
  • Prior to 2006, basic qualification in Medical Physics and Physiological Measurements (or equivalent) and successfully completed both parts of BAAT I and II and/or HTEC in MPPM
  • Possess RCCP registration and hold an up to date CPD portfolio
  • Demonstrated during or post-qualification experience working autonomously in both adult and some paediatric testing in both diagnostic and rehabilitative areas.
  • Have knowledge of all standard and advanced test procedures. Knowledge and understanding of professional policies and procedures.
  • Have completed appropriate record of clinical competence.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills particularly with the hard of hearing and deaf.
  • Possess good computer and database skills
  • Possess fine manual dexterity.
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Have flexible approach to working hours
  • Evidence of an enquiring mind, with a scientific approach and a commitment to Trust values
  • Willingness to undertake further professional training.

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Nishma Sutaria on 0300 365 6222 or email: Nishma.sutaria@berkshire.nhs.uk wholl be delighted to help.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification

Education/Qualifications

Essential

  • BSc in Healthcare Science - Audiology / HCCC in Audiology Prior to 2006, basic qualification in Medical Physics and Physiological Measurements ( or equivalent) and successfully completed both parts of BAAT I and II and/or HTEC in MPPM
  • Possess RCCP registration and hold an up to date CPD portfolio.


Desirable

  • Training/supervisory qualification (clinical educators etc.)


Previous Experience

Essential

  • Demonstrated during or post-qualification experience working autonomously in both adult and some paediatric testing in both diagnostic and rehabilitative areas.


Desirable

  • Have some experience in training/supervising other staff


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Essential

  • Have knowledge of all standard and advanced test procedures. Knowledge and understanding of professional policies and procedures.
  • Have completed appropriate record of clinical competence.
  • Possess good computer and database skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills particularly with the hard of hearing and deaf.


Desirable

  • Have wide knowledge of NHS networks/referral routes.


Additional Requirements

Essential

  • Possess fine manual dexterity
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Have flexible approach to working hours
  • Evidence of an enquiring mind, with a scientific approach and a commitment to Trust values
  • Willingness to undertake further professional training.


Desirable

  • Have a full driving license and use of car


Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Address

King Edward VII Hospital

St Leonards Road

Windsor

SL4 3DP

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371-CHS375

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