Assessment for suitability for a cochlear implant
Internal Assessor/External Assessor in Home Department/External Assessor On Secondment
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Prepare clinical facilities & equipment used in CI assessment, to include daily calibration checks and room set up.
Formulate assessment and treatment plans, liaising with relevant professionals to co-ordinate cochlear implant assessments & care, as appropriate.
Plan clinical approaches, using clinical reasoning strategies and evidence-based practice.
Take a full and relevant history.
Carry out assessments in a safe and effective manner adapting as required to ensure information gained is maximised within the time available. This includes the use of validated questionnaires as appropriate.
Show creativity, initiative and originality of thinking in tackling and solving practical problems
Collate relevant information from other members of the team and make an informed decision concerning the suitability of individual cases for implantation from an audiological perspective.
Give clear information on results of hearing tests, advice and recommendation for follow-up actions/interventions using appropriate language and communication strategies.
Ensure that patients/ parents/carers (as applicable) have accurate expectations with regard to potential outcomes from cochlear implantation and that they are part of the decision making,
Develop and deliver individual management plans to include follow-up and adaptation of treatment as required liaising with therapy colleagues, as applicable.
Work with patients post surgery to optimise outcomes by:
a. Applying knowledge of advanced technological features of cochlear implants to programme sound processors as required.
b. Setting up cochlear implant sound processors for electro-acoustic (hybrid) hearing and bimodal hearing where appropriate.
c. Setting up and demonstrate the use of remote controls, mobile phone apps, assistive devices, wireless streaming or other optional technological features.
d. Evaluating outcomes of treatments using a range of subjective and objective outcome measures.
Keep appropriate clinical records.
Write reports on assessment sessions, recommended treatment plans and / or outcome of treatment as required, suitable for the intended audience, to include a range of professionals, patient/ parents/carers (as applicable).
Understand own role and those of other professionals in the team including surgeons, speech and language therapists, teachers of the deaf, hearing therapists, psychologists, social services and other agencies who contribute to the management and welfare of the patient and their family.
Demonstrate the ability to, and articulate clearly through presentation and constructive discussion with colleagues:
a. Relate their own practice to a supporting knowledge base – including reference to evidence based and/or recognised good practice
b. Clearly justify any of their own clinical decisions made in the assessment or management of patients
c. Critically appraise the context of individual assessments within national and local structures/processes for assessment and diagnosis of balance disorders
d. Critically evaluate and reflect on their own actions 4
e. Show independent thought through evaluation and presentation of alternative (and justified) approaches to existing local practice
0: Does not currently meet examination requirements
1: Meets examination requirements
2: Exceeds examination requirements