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Audiology Practitioner

Employer
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Location
Carmarthen
Salary
£28,834 to £35,099 per annum pro rata
Closing date
13 Mar 2024

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THIS POST IS FIXED TERM/SECONDMENT UNTIL 03.02.25 DUE TO MATERNITY COVER

An opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Healthcare Science Practitioner to join our friendly and dynamic Audiology Service to support Maternity Leave cover.

This would be an ideal opportunity for a newly qualified Audiologist looking for a nurturing environment to develop, or an existing Band 5 Audiologist wanting a new challenge. This is a health board wide position, but the successful candidate will be primality based in Carmarthenshire. The role work will focus on adult diagnostic and rehabilitative Audiology.

We are seeking a candidate who shares our values and commitment to ensuring the quality of our services. We encourage open engagement in service design and delivery, and seek an individual eager to share knowledge and ideas in an open and friendly forum. Members of staff are fully supported through the appraisal process where aspirations and training needs are identified and discussed.

Main duties of the job

To interpret and report results, to decide on intervention strategies and to explain and discuss results with patients/significant parties as required.Testing techniques will include: otoscopy, diagnostic audiometry and tympanometry.

To adapt testing technique for adults with additional needs

To assess needs, plan and implement appropriate rehabilitation strategies for new and existing hearing aid users, explaining and advising on the intervention strategies, discussing decisions with patients and amending when necessary.

Routine use of software based hearing aid selection and programming facilities to assist in complex decision making over hearing aid settings and functions.

To provide counselling to patients of varying ages and capacity and their significant others

Producing short and long term rehabilitation plans for patient treatmentTo provide a hearing aid review service checking on patients progress inaccordance with appropriate guidelines.

Selection, testing and acoustic fitting of the latest technology hearing aids,incorporating verification measures.

To provide hearing aid maintenance and repair service, which will include, cleaning, modification, repair/replacement, advice, counselling and instruction services.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest.

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire.

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres.

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Hywel Dda is situated in a beautiful part of West Wales with areas of outstanding natural beauty with award winning beaches and National Parks, ideal for all outdoor activity especially surfing and walking. The area is rich in heritage and history, consequently attracting thousands of tourists each year. There are vibrant social communities that can help you find a better work life balance.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 26.03.2024

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge

Essential

  • Degree: BSc in audiology or equivalent.
  • RCCP or HCPC (Health Scientist/Hearing Aid Dispenser) registration or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of Adult Diagnostic and Rehabilitative Audiology.
  • Knowledge of Paediatric school-age hearing assessment.
  • Knowledge of the requirements of the Welsh Adult Rehabilitation Quality Standards.
  • Knowledge of AuditBase


Desirable

  • Member of BAA /BSA
  • Knowledge of Adult and Paediatric Audiology Quality Standards
  • Evidence of management/ Supervision qualifications or courses.
  • Knowledge of procurements systems.


Experience

Essential

  • Diagnostic Hearing Assessment
  • Hearing Aid Fitting using Real Ear Measurements
  • Supervision/ training / assisting in the training of assistant audiologists, degree students on clinical placement or audiologists.
  • Use of AuditBase booking, waiting list, programming and testing modules.
  • School-age hearing assessment.


Desirable

  • Diagnostic vestibular assessment and rehabilitation.
  • Tinnitus management.
  • Use of TEOAEs
  • Managing, organiising, organising or supervising Audiology clinics.
  • Ordering and maintaining stock levels.
  • Use of MS Excel spreadsheets.


Other

Essential

  • Able to travel across sites in a timely manner
  • Able to work hours flexibly to meet the needs of the service


Language Skills

Desirable

  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)


Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Address

Glangwili General Hospital

Dolgwili Road

Carmarthen

SA31 2AF

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

100-HS004-0224

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