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Audiologist

Employer
University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
Location
Brighton
Salary
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen to work at the Audiology department at UHSussex. The department has recently moved to two new, state-of-the-art facilities, in the brand-new Louisa Martindale Building, part of the redevelopment project of the Royal Sussex County site in Brighton, and in the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital. This role is for an audiologist to work across up to 6 sites within the UHS-East Audiology department to provide both adult rehabilitation and ENT support. We offer a service for adults with complex needs - patients meeting AQP criteria are supported by alternative providers. Our work with ENT might typically involve support of specialist otology clinics and paediatric clinics. This role will be supported by a large team of colleagues and a clear management and training structure.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide sensitive advice to patients regarding their auditory status having been referred for consultation by other health professionals including primary care workers, medical consultants, community practitioners and Audiology staff. Such advice is delivered within an emotive atmosphere. To develop and advise on interventions and (re)habilitation programmes based upon autonomous clinical opinion, which may involve referral onwards to relevant intervention programmes.
  • To provide theoretical and clinical knowledge to a range of practitioners. To present summary data to the department at clinical audit meetings.
  • Responsible for working within the adult team to deliver the clinical direction to the service, within the boundaries set by the service leads. Some of this clinical work to include lone working at off sites.
  • To be aware of the referral-to-treatment position of the adult service and ensure that the leads of the service are appraised of threats to breaching.
  • Contribute to the efficiencies of device utilisation and patient benefit outcomes, as well as awareness of DNA rates for the adult service.
  • Conduct daily stage A calibration checks on all equipment to be included within clinical tasks for the day. To report immediately to head of service, and the calibration lead, any calibration failures and to make safe the affected equipment to ensure that it is not used with patients until remedial action has been successfully implemented.


About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in ourWellbeing Programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • To provide sensitive advice to patients regarding their auditory status having been referred for consultation by other health professionals including primary care workers, medical consultants, community practitioners and Audiology staff. Such advice is delivered within an emotive atmosphere. To develop and advise on interventions and (re)habilitation programmes based upon autonomous clinical opinion, which may involve referral onwards to relevant intervention programmes.
  • To provide theoretical and clinical knowledge to a range of practitioners. To present summary data to the department at clinical audit meetings.
  • Responsible for working within the adult team to deliver the clinical direction to the service, within the boundaries set by the service leads. Some of this clinical work to include lone working at off sites.
  • To be aware of the referral-to-treatment position of the adult service and ensure that the leads of the service are appraised of threats to breaching.
  • Contribute to the efficiencies of device utilisation and patient benefit outcomes, as well as awareness of DNA rates for the adult service.
  • Opportunity to contribute to research and development programmes in Audiology for UHS. Maintenance of own audit activity as requirement for continued registration with regulatory bodies.
  • Conduct daily stage A calibration checks on all equipment to be included within clinical tasks for the day. To report immediately to head of service, and the calibration lead, any calibration failures and to make safe the affected equipment to ensure that it is not used with patients until remedial action has been successfully implemented.

Communication
  • Independent practitioner, holds responsibility for patient care and patient management plan.
  • Providing and receiving routine information which requires tact or persuasive skills or where there are barriers to understanding.
  • Anticipates barriers to communication and takes action to improve communication.
  • Is proactive in seeking out different styles and methods of communication to assist longer term needs and aims of the patient.
  • Communicates effectively and calmly in difficult situations and with challenging people.
  • Has to communicate complex explanations regarding causation of hearing loss and treatment options.
  • Allows the patient to form their own opinions and choices regarding their rehabilitation options whilst guiding them towards successful choices through empowerment based upon knowledge of their condition and the potential benefit of rehabilitation options.
  • Develops partnership with the patient toward a shared goal.

Service Delivery and Improvement
  • Implements policies and proposes changes to working practices or procedures for own work area.
  • Works with team leads to evaluate the impact of changes on the service and feeds this information into ongoing improvements.

Patient Care Delivery
  • Calibrates and maintains highly specialist or highly complex equipment.
  • Holds responsibility for implementing individual management plans without medical oversight.
  • Provides specialised advice which contributes to the diagnosis, care or education of patients.

Learning and Development
  • Attends mandatory training updates as required.
  • Undertakes training as necessary in line with the development of the post and as agreed with the line manager as part of the personal development process.
  • Achieves and demonstrates agreed standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales.
  • Participates in the Trusts appraisal process to discuss how role will help deliver the best possible care to our patients and help to deliver any changes in service.


Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • BSc/MSc Audiology or equivalent


Desirable

  • CACDP stage 2 BSL


Experience

Essential

  • Knowledge of adult rehabilitation principles including professional guidelines
  • Practical knowledge of and experience in assessing hearing function and interpreting results
  • Current knowledge of auditory implant options and onward referral criteria
  • Knowledge of breaking sensitive, contentious and traumatic news/information


Desirable

  • Minimum 1 years' experience in Adult Rehabilitation
  • Paediatric Audiology experience
  • Experience working with patients with dementia / severe to profound hearing loss
  • Audit tools and application


Skills

Essential

  • Able to select optimal hearing aid and programming algorithm for clinical condition
  • Ability to use complex software inherent to hearing aid programming and patient data collection
  • Ability to take accurate ear impressions
  • Ability to operate grinding equipment to modify ear moulds
  • Ability to make clinical judgement in the presence of apparently conflicting clinical data


Desirable

  • Knowledge of Auditbase
  • Knowledge of MedRX software
  • Knowledge of Affinity software


Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Essential

  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues
  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).


Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)

Address

Royal Sussex County Hospital

Sussex House, Abbey Road

Brighton

BN2 1ES

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279-5948462-JUL24

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