Apprentice Healthcare Assistant Practitioner (Audiology)

Chime Social Enterprise
Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW
£18,813.00 annually
19 Jun 2019
27 Jul 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
We are an NHS Audiology Service that utilised the Government Right to Request scheme to spin out as a Social Enterprise.

Our organisational form is as a Community Interest Company (CIC). This means that any surplus that we make in terms of funds we have to invest back for the benefit of our social aims - in our case this is service to hearing impaired patients. We have a contract to offer NHS adult and children's audiology services, free at the point of delivery on behalf of NHS Devon, in Exeter Mid & East Devon.

Chime take referrals for
  • Hearing tests with adults and children of any age
  • Discuss the results and agree a way forward with our clients
  • If hearing aid amplification is an option, then we can provide this too as an NHS service
  • If hearing therapy, balance work or tinnitus services are required we can accept NHS referrals for these issues too and refer on to the correct part of the service where this becomes obvious

This is an exciting opportunity for three candidates to undertake an apprenticeship within Audiology at CHIME, who are an innovative business who are leaders within this specialist field. Successful candidates will be offered the chance to not only be funded through their Foundation Degree studies alongside the Higher-Level Apprenticeship but will also be employed as a band three trainee Assistant Practitioner for the duration of the apprenticeship. In return the apprentice will remain with CHIME for two years post qualification.

Audiology is a challenging and expanding field involving the study of hearing and balance.

As a healthcare profession, audiology also involves:
  • Assessment
  • Management and therapeutic rehabilitation of people with hearing and balance problems, and associated disorders
  • This work involves patients of all ages, from new-born babies and children to working adults and elderly people

New and exciting opportunities exist in this expanding field. Audiology is a fast-evolving and varied discipline. Individuals with an interest in biological sciences, psychology, physics and electronics, as well as speech and language development, may find that audiology has a lot to offer them. Many audiologists work in multidisciplinary teams, frequently liaising with medical, education and research professionals. A desire to work with and help people is essential and forms an important component of both training and the job.

This exciting new partnership between South Devon College and CHIME will see the first utilisation of Assistant Practitioners within the Audiology field. South Devon College pridethemselves on the high-quality teaching and support which is delivered across all levels of the programme.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

The candidate should have:
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Analytical skills
  • Good manual dexterity
  • In addition, candidates should have evidence of the ability to effectively work with people of all ages, particularly the elderly and young children.

Personal qualities

  • A caring and understanding attitude
  • Ability to communicate well with all types of people

Desired qualifications

  • Level 2 in Numeracy and Literacy
  • Level 3 in vocational qualification

Future prospects

On successful graduation of the Foundation Degree, alongside successful completion of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will secure a Band 4 role within CHIME as an Assistant Practitioner (Audiology). The student may be offered progression onto further degree level apprenticeship programmes, this is based on an individual basis and there are no guarantees.