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Senior Paediatric Audiologist - (Developmental Accepted)

Employer
Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Widnes
Salary
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Development role-progressing onto band 6
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Profession
Healthcare scientist, Audiologist
Grade
Band 5
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
DEVELOPMENT ROLE: the successful candidate will progress onto a band 6 position upon completion of competencies.

Were looking for an ambitious individual, who will be part of our Paediatric Audiology team taking the next steps in developing great community services and ensuring that everything we do is based around our aim of quality first and foremost.

The service is being delivered from dedicated and purpose-built Paediatric audiology suites in a community set up covering the boroughs of Halton, St Helens & Knowsley.

The applicant must be an experienced Audiologist with a good knowledge of Paediatric

Audiology Hearing Assessments. This experience must have been obtained from working within the NHS within the last two years. The applicant is expected to be progressing within their career and aspiring to increase their skills and expertise in the field.

The successful candidate will have a BSc and/or MSc in Audiology (or equivalent) and will have RCCP registration with relevant post qualification experience.

This is a great opportunity to join an excellent department fully equipped with the latest equipment.

The work is community based therefore it is essential that the successful candidate is able to travel throughout the organisation to meet the requirements of the role.

We are a friendly, forward thinking department. We actively encourage and support further educational development, attendance at courses/conferences.

Main duties of the job

Job Purpose

To be a member of a multidisciplinary team providing a comprehensive and integrated community Paediatric Audiology service for babies, children, and young adults.

Work both as a team and autonomously to manage own clinics and individual workload.

Complete specialist work which includes:

comprehensive testing and diagnostic assessments of hearing

in-depth knowledge of paediatric test protocols, and assessment techniques.

manage hearing loss in infants and children

carry out hearing aid maintenance

About us

Flexible working will be considered for all roles.

Unfortunately, we do not hold a sponsor licence for working Visas.

At Bridgewater, our PEOPLE values shape how we deliver our NHS services in your local community.

They help us deliver our mission to improve local health and promote wellbeing in the communities we serve.

After all, values are about people and they were created in partnership with our staff to reflect what they felt was important to them

Here at Bridgewater our shared values flow through the organisation.

P- Person-centred-We are passionate about individual needs and promote independence in the healthcare we provide..

E- Empowered- We empower our people and encourage new ideas to deliver and create improvements in community care.

O- Open and Honest -We behave in a way that develops relationships based on trust, openness, honesty and respect.

P- Professional-We support our people, so everyone has the right skills and training to deliver outstanding patient care.

L- Locally Lead -We are always learning about our communities and show great pride in being a local provider of health and care.

E- Efficient -We use our resources wisely to provide sustainable and value for money healthcare for our patients.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Perform diagnostic hearing assessment on pre-school and school age children and analyse the results, including:
    • Pure Tone Audiometry (PTA)
    • Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA)
    • Performance testing
    • Speech discrimination testing
    • Tests of middle ear function using tympanometry
    • Otoacoustic Emissions
  • Complete audiological testing of babies that are referred following their newborn hearing screen, using Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs) to detect cochlear function.
  • Carry out otoscopy following BSA recommended procedures
    • identify any contraindications or indications for further procedures e.g. tympanometry and aural impression taking.
    • Identify atypical or abnormal ear conditions and make appropriate onward referrals
  • Take accurate and safe impressions of the ear following BSA recommended procedures for impression taking.
  • Arrange referral to other professionals for treatment/management when required, following local and national guidance. E.g. referring to ENT for management of middle ear effusion.
  • Manage hearing loss in infants and children
    • dispense, fit and maintain digital hearing aids, using MCHAS guidelines and protocols.
    • use probe microphone measurements to verify hearing aids to prescription targets
    • carry out reviews with hearing aid users
    • audiological habilitation/rehabilitation
    • use of outcome measures to support and guide habilitation/rehabilitation
  • Carry out hearing aid repairs and maintenance.
  • Carry out routine maintenance and calibration checks on audiological equipment, reporting faults and arranging for repair when necessary.
  • Maintain accurate recording of results and update patient records.
  • Write reports to relevant health professionals
  • Update national S4H database with results of hearing tests following referral from neonatal hearing screening team.
  • Ensures adequate and smooth transition of children onto Adult Audiology Services, via a Transition Clinic.
  • Responsible for maintaining own workload, prioritising referrals and planning work for junior staff. Plans day to day duties and routine clinics.
  • Demonstrate flexibility to meet the needs of children with complex needs, and adapt test procedures based on the needs of the child
  • Demonstrate flexibility to deal with urgent referrals and queries
  • Organises testing and hearing aid management in outreach clinics and schools, ensuring all necessary portable equipment is available.
  • Collaborates with Audiology Lead to ensure an efficient and effective Audiology department.
  • Monitor hearing aid stock and advise senior staff/management on re-ordering requirements.

Communication
  • Work and communicate effectively and courteously with patients, colleagues, public and members of the directorate and the trust
  • Maintain hospital and departmental records, including provision of patient reports as necessary
  • To work and communicate effectively within the multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to adapt communication in order to instruct infants and children, including those with complex needs, during behavioural hearing assessment using appropriate language
  • Able to use tact and persuasion where barriers to understanding exist, e.g. very young children, children with learning difficulties and the un-cooperative child.
  • Communicate effectively with deaf and hard of hearing patients and families.
  • Able to communicate complex technical information in a meaningful manner.
  • Demonstrate reassurance and persuasive skills to gain a child's confidence for invasive procedures e.g., impressions.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and awareness when imparting bad news e.g. sudden hearing loss or deterioration of existing hearing loss.

Professional
  • Active participant in Trust research projects involving children with hearing loss.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality at all times.
  • Maintain professional standards and protocols without supervision.
  • Work in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act and complies with Trust policies and audiological protocols.
  • Ensure continuing professional development. Develops and maintains in depth knowledge of paediatric test protocols, is well informed about changes to current practice and able to implement new recommended procedures following appropriate training.
  • Maintain registration with the RCCP
  • Take part in both professional and departmental meetings.

Information and Data Responsibilities
  • Maintain thorough record-keeping
  • Maintain systems to monitor documentation including recording and storing all relevant information ensuring it is securely held and can be accessed easily.

Training
  • Carries out training and supervision of degree students. Assesses student's clinical competencies both practically and verbally and signs off achieved targets.
  • Designs learning targets for/with the student to help them to fulfil their learning objectives
  • Complete tutorial sessions with the students.


Person Specification

Skills & Attributes

Essential

  • To be able to carry out a full range of paediatric audiology diagnostic tests.
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines when necessary
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • The ability to communicate sensitively and empathically
  • Excellent team player
  • Ability to keep accurate and legible patient records and statistical information.
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of Clinical Governance.
  • Good IT skills
  • Good organisational skills


Desirable

  • Good experience in paediatric diagnostic tests including ABR & OAEs.
  • Attendance of the Harrogate ABR training course is desirable.
  • Experience in audits and introduction of service developments
  • Experience of training and development of junior members of staff, and BSc and MSc university students on clinical placement


Qualifications

Essential

  • BSc/MSc Audiology or equivalent e.g., BTEC in MPPM, BAAT Parts 1 and 2 and HNC MPPM
  • Registered with RCCP/HCPC or working towards


Experience

Essential

  • NHS experience to include paediatric audiometric assessment including full range of behavioural audiometric tests
  • Experience in managing infants and children with hearing loss.
  • Experience in carrying out audits and surveys within a clinical set up
  • Excellent experience of paediatric hearing aid assessment, fitting and rehabilitation.


Other

Essential

  • Flexibility over location/ pattern of work
  • Able to travel to peripheral clinics throughout Halton, St Helens & Knowsley and to travel across the wider Trust footprint to meet the needs of the service.


Desirable

  • British Sign language level one (BSL)


Sponsorship

Essential

  • Do you have the right to stay and work in the UK without sponsorship (share-codes will be checked if applicable), please state this on your application form.


Relations

Essential

  • If you are related to a director or have a relationship with a director or employee of an appointing organisation, please state the relationship in your application form.


Employer details

Employer name

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Bridges Learning Centre

Crow Wood Lane

Widnes

WA8 3NA

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C9835-HC24-047

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