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Lead Paediatric Audiologist

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Audiologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust have an exciting opportunity to join our welcoming workforce in audiology. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated and clinically excellent audiologist or clinical scientist with exceptional leadership qualities who has an interest in leading and shaping paediatric audiology services in the acute setting.

We have a dedicated paediatric team and are looking to recruit a lead clinician to shape and direct the service.

The position will entail leading and strategic development of the paediatric audiology service in the acute setting and working with colleagues in the community paediatric team.

There's never been a better time to become part of the team as there are lots of opportunities to contribute to our ongoing service improvement. If you are a caring individual, enthusiastic and motivated about providing the best care for our patients then this could be an ideal opportunity for you!

Main duties of the job

To oversee and participate in paediatric hearing tests, hearing aid provision, diagnostic tests for babies and shape policy and strategic direction for paediatric services in the department. The post holder is expected to demonstrate excellent leadership qualities and organisation ability. In addition to the clinical aspects, service development will be a core aspect of this position. The successful applicant will be able to develop and ratify standard operating procedures based on modern evidenced based practice. They will be able to show clinical leadership by innovating on clinical procedures in terms of outcome measures, quality assurance practices based on current best practice and national protocols. The successful applicant will have experience undertaking ABR for NHSP and understand national and regional guidelines relating to this. CPD is essential and continual reflective practice is encouraged.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding healthcare services to the population of North Cumbria. The Trust is committed to creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout our county.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time':
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart of our Trust
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money wel

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. All staff are expected to support sustainability.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Please note, due to changes implemented by the Government to the UK immigration policy, individuals who require a Health and Care Visa or a Skilled Worker Visa may no longer be eligible for sponsorship where the UKVI salary threshold is not met or if the occupation is not included in the updated Immigration Salary List (ISL). Applicants must check their eligibility to be employed in any role they are interested in applying for, prior to completing an application for employment.Any applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be progressed.

If you are applying under the Disability Confident Scheme or Armed Forces Covenant and you meet all the essential criteria for a post, you will be guaranteed an interview.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

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The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27-day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification

Education Qualifications and training


  • BSc/MSc in Audiology
  • Evidence of competence in ABR testing
  • Evidence of previous leadership ability including service development
  • AHCS/RCCP/HCPC registration


  • Registered clinical Scientist (audiology) /Audiological Scientist



  • Proficiency of paediatric hearing aid fittings and assessment.
  • Proficiency conducting paediatric ABR and understanding of national guidelines and protocols
  • Experience of leading two tester VRA paediatric clinics
  • Experience working in the NHS specifically in paediatric clinics
  • Experience in a leadership position - writing protocols/Implementing quality assurance


  • Experience using Auditbase (patient management system)
  • Experience with commissioning and owning clinical audit



  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Understands issues surrounding hearing impairment and potential impact development, schooling and later attainment in life in a paediatric population.
  • Ability to interact with children on paediatric clinics
  • Ability to formulate protocols and plans at a departmental level.
  • Understanding of safeguarding issues around paediatric work
  • Ability to manage patients accordingly with the clinical information available.


  • Evidence of independent learning and continued professional development.
  • Familiarity with current I.T systems (auditbase)
  • Proficiency with office suite such as word/excel/publisher

Skills and Aptitudes


  • Excellent written and verbal communication/counselling skills.
  • IT Skills.
  • Fine manual dexterity.
  • Ability to formulate appropriate patient management plans based on good case history information.
  • Able to prioritise work to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to diffuse conflict situations
  • Ability to plan/implement service development in line with local and national policies
  • Ability to work effectively without supervision


  • Use of Audit base patient management systems

Other requirements


  • Able to travel independently to outreach clinics.


  • Driving licence/ access to own transport

Personal Circumstances


  • Good self-management skills
  • Excellent attendance record
  • Flexible to service needs/changes

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


NCIC Audiology Department, Cumberland Infirmary

Newtown Road



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