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Clinical Audiologist

Employer
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Location
Redditch
Salary
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
7 Mar 2024

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Profession
Healthcare scientist, Audiologist
Grade
Band 5
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic self-motivated individual to join our innovative Countywide Team. Based in The Alexandra Hospital Redditch however some travel around the county is expected depending upon clinical need. This is a full time position 4 -5 days a week.

Worcestershire County Audiology provides services at Worcester, Kidderminster, Evesham and Redditch hospitals along with several peripheral sites. The service provides direct referral audiological assessments on adults and children of all ages, whilst supporting and referring onto ENT and other acute services.

The post will cover all sites in Worcester, Kidderminster and Redditch and other satellite clinics.

You will need to meet the requirements for RCCP/AHCS registration BSc(Hons) Audiology or equivalent.

Main duties of the job

You will need to be able to demonstrate competency across all clinical fields of Audiology including, diagnostic assessments of hearing loss, select and fit appropriate hearing aids, take aural impressions and reassess existing patients hearing and aid provision according to BSA protocols.

The successful candidate will also hold a BSc Hons Audiology or equivalent qualification and be registerable with or working towards registration with the AHCS/ RCCP.

Main duties include:

Direct referral from General Practitioners.

ENT Clinics.

Hearing aid fittings and repairs.

Hearing aid service appointments.

Reassessment of hearing and upgrading/reprogramming hearing aids as necessary.

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is nearly 6,800 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:
  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

JOB PURPOSE

This post has been established to meet the needs of the local and specialist Adult and Children's Hearing Service for the County of Worcestershire. The post-holder will provide a wide range of routine, diagnostic and rehabilitative procedures to adults and occasionally children. Including patients who may have complex additional needs i.e. patients who have mental health problems, disabilities and Tinnitus. Service delivery is provided by a range of healthcare scientists (including associate, specialist and advance-level practitioners as well as STP and PTP students), working in acute hospital and community settings. The post-holder will also be required to travel to cover clinics countywide dependant on the needs of the service.

KEY DUTIES

To carry out all audiological duties, procedures and policies in accordance with BSA, BAA, RCCP and the Trust Policies and Procedures.

To dispense and maintain digital hearing aids, using MHAS guidelines and protocols to adults to include real ear measurement (REM)

To maintain community profession of audiological services that may include domiciliary visits.

To promote a patient focused approach to care and collaboration with all relevant health professionals.

Be prepared to commute around the main sites which include Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester hospitals as well as smaller peripheral sites.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • BSc Healthcare science in Audiology or equivalent
  • Should be able to register with RCCP / AHCS


Experience

Essential

  • Hospital or equivalent experience in adult audiology. Experience using Auditbase patient management system. Able to perform a wide range of diagnostic tests including tympanometry, otoscopy. Able to perform verifications e.g. Real ear measurements. Experience in performing Direct Referrals Identifying red flags for referral to other services.
  • Ability to communicate complex information including relevant technical and / or condition related information to provide patients with a better understanding and allow them to make an informed choice about their health care.


Desirable

  • Vestibular diagnostic experience
  • Domiciliary experience


Skills and Knowledge

Essential

  • Computer literate.
  • Up to date knowledge of advances and changes in audiology.
  • MHAS.
  • Data protection issues.
  • Health and Safety issues.
  • Skilled in basic report writing.
  • Must have ability to discern optimal care pathways amid conflicting/incomplete data and complex emotions.


Desirable

  • Experience with Oticon hearing aids


Personal Qualities

Essential

  • Assertive.
  • Highly motivated.
  • Work under pressure.
  • Have initiative.
  • Diplomatic.
  • Supportive.
  • Smart appearance.
  • Pleasant personality.


Other Job Requirements

Essential

  • Access to car, daily.
  • Current driving licence.
  • Flexibility to work and place of work in general.
  • Being prepared to work at outreach clinics.
  • Due to the nature of our work, all posts are deemed to require Enhanced Disclosure Clearance.
  • Cleared by Occupational Health.
  • Eligible to work in the UK


Employer details

Employer name

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Address

The Alexandra Hospital

Woodrow Drive

Redditch

Worcestershire

B98 7UB

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C9365-23-1317-2

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