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Audiology Degree Apprenticeship

Employer
NHS England Apprenticeships
Location
Cheltenham
Salary
Competitive salary
Closing date
26 May 2022

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Job summary

A new opportunity has become available in Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for you to train and achieve a degree in Audiology (based at Cheltenham General Hospital). We are looking for a caring individual who wants to develop advanced communication skills.The post holder will have to demonstrate commitment to the apprenticeship training study requirements and complete training activities and assessments, in the given timescales, which is 4 to 5 years. Work and liaise with the University and academic team (http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/degree-apprenticeships/employers/degree-apprenticeship-programmes/healthcare-science-practitioner-audiology-degree-apprenticeship/). You will need to fully engage in clinical and academic work to enable you to achieve the full range of competences, skills and behaviours within the job description, by the end of the degree programme.Your apprenticeship in BSc (Hons) in Healthcare Science (Audiology) will enable registration as an Audiologist on completion of the degree. Audiology is a very rewarding career. You will be working with hearing impaired people as part of an enthusiastic team that diagnoses hearing impairment and offers solutions for rehabilitation including hearing aids. We also provide a complete Paediatric service, as well as a balance assessment and a rehabilitation service and a tinnitus counselling service.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be able to:- To successfully complete apprenticeship level 6 within the proposed time frame of 4/5 years, including both academic and practical assessments.- To work towards performing independently all aspects of routine hearing assessment.- To work towards performing independently all aspects of advanced diagnostic audiological testing.- To work towards undertaking Ward and domiciliary visiting and out-reach clinics.- To work towards developing, and implementing Care Packages as part of the GP referral scheme for the provision of hearing aids (including Patients with Learning Disabilities).- To use counselling skills in order to communicate sensitive and/or distressing information to the Patient, especially when there are barriers to acceptance of the diagnosis.- To work towards performing independently all aspects of Adult hearing aid provision, including assessment, fitting, repairing, reviewing and counselling (analogue and digital).- To work towards performing independently all aspects of Paediatric hearing assessment.- To participate in Audit programmes and assist in the ongoing development of new techniques and technology within the Department.- To give talks and/or demonstrations to other members of Health Service Staff/Social Services.- Upon successful completion of apprenticeship, to register with RCCP professional body.

About us

The Hearing Services team consist of the following:1 Head of Service2 Operational Leads (Paediatrics, Adult)3 Professional Leads (Clinical, Delivery, CGH Team Leader)18 Advanced Audiologists1 Advanced Hearing Therapist3 Audiologists3 Senior Assistant Technical Officer (SATO)5 Audiology Apprentices5 Admin & ClericalThe Department is based on 2 main sites: Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital. However, because the County is deemed as being semi-rural, we have strived to expend our services to deliver to as many local communities as possible; we are currently able to offer selected Audiology and Hearing Aid Services in 6 localities, and battery provision in 27 sites across the County in collaboration with local health providers and charities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The main key result areas are:

1. Year 1a. To perform otoscopyb. To perform earmould adjustmentc. To take ear impressiond. To elicit information regarding hearing aid faultse. To rectify hearing aid faultsf. To manage stock levelsg. To use the Audiology patient management system in line with departmental processesh. To observe Direct Referral pathwaysi. To perform unmasked audiometry according to BSA and local guidelinesj. To develop counselling and decision making techniquesk. To observe hearing aid fittingsl. To instruct patients on how to use hearing aidsm. To perform face to face and telephone reviews

2. Year 2a. As above, building portfolio of evidenceb. As above, working under supervision

3. Year 3a. As above, building portfolio of evidenceb. As above, working under remote supervision

4. Year 4 / 5a. As above, building portfolio of evidenceb. Working as an independent practitionerc. To observe and assist Paediatric clinicsd. To observe and assist Balance clinicse. To observe and assist Advanced Rehab clinics

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • At least Grace 4 or C GCSE English and Maths


Desirable

  • 3 A Levels are required and must include one science subject from Biology, Chemistry or Physics (Biology preferred). A typical minimum offer would be ABB at A Level


Experience

Desirable

  • Previous experience of working in customer service


Knowledge / Skills

Essential

  • Able to prioritise own workload as appropriate
  • Excellent presentational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work under own initiative and prioritise workload


Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Cheltenham General Hospital

Cheltenham

GL53 7AN

Employer's website

https://www.gloshospitals.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

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