NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN

Reference: 181752
Contract: Permanent – Full Time
Salary: £37,831 – £46,100
Location: Various Sites Across Ayrshire

NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Scotland welcomes applications from all sections of society.

Who we are: NHS Ayrshire and Arran is one of 14 territorial NHS Boards within NHS Scotland.

Our purpose: Working together to achieve the healthiest life possible for everyone in Ayrshire and Arran.

Our values: Caring, safe, respectful.

Position: An opportunity has arisen for various permanent band 6 Audiologists based in University Hospital Crosshouse and University Hospital Ayr.

What you will do:

The Audiology Service, part of the Surgical Directorate, enjoys a close working relationship with the local Ear, Nose & Throat Service where historically the Services have worked in partnership in the specialist areas of paediatric audiology and bone anchored hearing aid systems as well as more generally in support of ENT out-patient activities. The National Cochlear Implant Programme is also based within NHS Ayrshire & Arran and while separate from the Audiology Service, is a stone’s throw from the Audiology Department at University Hospital Crosshouse and shares the same ENT Service and surgeons. The Audiology Service delivers care to all sectors of the population providing paediatric and adult assessment and rehabilitation services, tinnitus services, bone anchored hearing aid services, a comprehensive hearing aid maintenance and support service, diagnostic services, and newborn hearing screening services. It also works closely with the third sector and the three local authorities in Ayrshire. The Service inputs at a national level supporting the work of the Scottish Audiology Heads of Service Group and the subgroups that it has commissioned for tinnitus, paediatrics, and balance. Most recently, this has led to the national commissioning of a Managed Clinical Network for Paediatric Audiology which the Service is a member of. The Service is currently staffed by a technical and clinical team of Assistant Technical Officers and Audiologists supported by a dedicated Administration and Clerical Team and while the majority of the Service is based within our Acute Hospitals, the Service runs independently using its own patient management system and has full autonomy over the booking of patients and scheduling of activities in general. Support for the Service is via a clear line management structure from Head of Service via General Manager to Director and has allowed the Audiology Service over many years to maintain a highly visible profile within the Organisation.

You will provide audiology services and hearing care to the population of Ayrshire and Arran through the diagnostic, technical and rehabilitative assessment, treatment, and care of individuals with audiological and ear, nose, and throat complaints.

NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Scotland welcomes applications from all sections of society.

Knowledge, training and/or experience required to do the job:

You will possess Audiology BSc or equivalent such as BAAT Parts 1&2 with NC Physiological Measurement, evidence of additional training/clinical practice to a level equivalent to MSc. and current registration with RCCP/HCPC or equivalent.

We are keen to hear from individuals currently working in the field of Audiology in general, regardless of background, who consider themselves ready for a move to a Service that will itself see significant changes over the next few years and who want to contribute to and support this as well as having a high standard of patient focussed practice and care when it comes to their clinical activities. In particular we are interested in people with paediatric and electrophysiology skills however the Service will consider less experienced and developing staff at the start of their career subject to them being able to demonstrate genuine drive and interest in their career to date.

For individuals who are relatively newly qualified and at the start of their career but have the drive and potential to develop, we may be able to offer roles at Band 5 level initially.

Car licence/Car ownership is essential to this role.

To discuss the opportunities that we have, including full time and part time and fixed term roles, please make initial contact via aa-uhb.audiology@aapct.scot.nhs.uk quoting “Audiology Recruitment” in the subject line or call 07817 082 097 and we’ll be delighted to discuss your aspirations and ours and hopefully progress this to the next step and a career with NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

Closing date: 8 April 2024.