Senior Paediatric Audiologist

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

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Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an individual wishing to develop their career in a friendly, patient focused and busy Paediatric Audiology service. The service delivers Audiological diagnosis and management for all patients up to 16 years of age, including patients referred from the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme, and those patients with complex needs. The service is supported by a Speciality Doctor delivers Auditory Processing Disorder clinics and aetiological investigations locally. We are a community based service and have close working relationships with many providers. The service provides specialist audiological care to our patients across four clinical sites in Kent; including Heathside Centre in Maidstone, Sevenoaks Community Hospital, Gravesham Community Hospital and Orchards in Sittingbourne. Travelling to each of these clinical sites is a requirement of this job role and expenses are reimbursed in line with Trust Policy. We are looking for a candidate who is a team player, enthusiastic and demonstrates a willingness to think outside the box with the passion to strive for excellence. Good communication skills are paramount and the successful candidate will provide a comprehensive diagnostic and rehabilitation service for all our patients. Continued development of our team is also very important to the service, and depending on the candidate, further training could be offered to support candidates to obtain the appropriate skill sets.

Main duties of the job

Undertake behavioural hearing assessment of children of all ages including Distraction Testing, Visual Reinforcement Audiometry, Performance Audiometry and Pure Tone Audiometry. Perform objective assessment of hearing including tympanometry, acoustic reflexes, Otoacoustic emissions. Assist with more complex audiological testing in children such as Auditory Brainstem Response and Auditory Steady State Response and Auditory Processing Disorder assessments. Responsible for accurately fitting, verifying and validating a variety of digital hearing aids to children Conduct speech testing and questionnaires as appropriate To carry out routine hearing aid maintenance and repair. Competently taking paediatric aural impressions and modify ear moulds as necessary. To report results to patients, parents and carers in an empathetic caring manner which can be highly distressing to all involved.

This is a full-time role of 37.5 hours per week, and part time or flexible working hours will also be considered.

About us

We have a passion for delivering high standards of care to patients who are recovering from illness, in need of rehabilitation, or extra support to get them home. We are one of the largest community NHS trusts in the UK, and we are rated 'outstanding' by the CQC.

To deliver excellent local services and improve the health of our communities we need outstanding people who share our values (CARE):

  • Compassionate
  • Aspirational
  • Responsive
  • Excellent

Working for KCHFT won't mean sacrificing family, friends or interests. Join us and work flexibly, in a way that suits you and your commitments outside work.

Looking for professional development? We can support that too! Our career pathways will help you achieve your aspirations.

KCHFT is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, as we know that this leads to better patient care and a happier workforce. So, all our colleagues have equal access to career opportunities and are treated fairly.

KCHFT has signed up to be a real UK living wage employer. This means from 1 April 2021, the minimum salary we will pay is £9.50 per hour (excluding apprentices).

The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate that is voluntarily paid by more than 7,000 UK businesses that believe their staff deserve a wage which meets every day needs - like the weekly shop, or a surprise trip to the dentist.

Making a commitment to paying the real UK Living Wage is in alignment with our values into action approach.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The attached job description and person specification gives you all the information you need about this role. Please look carefully at the criteria in the person specification and tell us what you have done that shows you meet this.

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All information you supply on your application should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate. Interviews are due to take place virtually on the 10th May 2022.

Good luck! We cant wait to meet you and welcome you to #teamKCHFT, #cometocommunity

The Health and Social Care Act was recently amended, meaning that anyone working in or needing to visit a CQC registered care home during the course of their work must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (in line with the current UK government requirements), unless a medical exemption applies. This requirement is already in place. A further amendment has been made to the Act which requires that by no later than 1 April 2022 individuals working clinically and non-clinically that may have direct or social contact with patients within a CQC regulated setting in England must be fully vaccinated (in line with the current UK government requirements) against COVID-19 to protect patients, unless a medical exemption applies. This job role is one that requires or will require you to show evidence that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or are happy to be by 1 April 2022, or that you have a medical exemption. We regret that we will not be able to proceed with your appointment to this role if you are unable to meet these requirements

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • BSc in clinical Audiology or equivalent qualification
  • State registered with HPC or RCCP or working towards qualification

Desirable

  • MSc in clinical Audiology or evidence of further education
  • BAA registration
  • BSL Stage 1

Experience

Essential

  • Experience in working in Paediatric Audiology with Children of all ages
  • Experience in performing objective and behavioural assessments in 0-16 year old children including: distraction testing, VRA, Performance audiometry, PTA, OAE's, middle ear function tests.
  • A good knowledge and experience of objective and behavioural audiometric test techniques used in Paediatric Service
  • Experience with paediatric impression taking
  • Experience in fitting, verifying and validating a variety of hearing aids to the paediatric population
  • Experience performing speech testing in children
  • Experience in participating in audit or clinical research

Desirable

  • Experience supervising junior audiology staff or students.
  • Evidence of further CPD such as: External training courses
  • Knowledge/ experience of advanced electrophysiological and vestibular assessment
  • Knowledge of the causes and appropriate management of hearing impairment in children

SKILLS AND APTITUDE

Essential

  • Able to work across a variety of sites across West Kent
  • Able to work effectively and with good organisational skills
  • Computer literate

Desirable

  • Previous experience with Auditbase Patient Management System.
  • Previous experience using Smart for hearing

Knowledge

Essential

  • Auditory rehabilitation methods and theory
  • Psycho-social aspects of deafness and hearing loss
  • Audit and research methodologies
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of the different stages for normal development in children. ? An understanding of the concept and practical implications of clinical governance.
  • An understanding of the concept and practical implications of clinical governance.

PERSONAL QUALITIES

Essential

  • Ability to work well in independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrate good communication/ interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a professional manner under all circumstances
  • Willingness to work under pressure for the good of the patient Person Specification
  • Demonstrate good organisational and prioritising skills
  • A commitment to maintaining high clinical standards (BSA or equivalent)
  • Car driver and willingness to travel to all sites.

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).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Heathside Centre

Maidstone

ME9 8EP


Employer's website

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


For questions about the job, contact:

Nicole Marshall

nicole.marshall1@nhs.net

Date posted

28 March 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 6

Salary

£32,306 to £39,027 a year pro rata per annum

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

846-4045110-RK

Job locations

Heathside Centre

Maidstone

ME9 8EP


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