NHS Ayrshire & Arran

Reference: 181745
Contract: Permanent – Full Time
Salary: £46,244 – £53,789
Location: University Hospital Crosshouse

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.

Positions: An opportunity has arisen for a permanent band 7 Audiologist based in University Hospital Crosshouse. You will participate fully in the provision of audiological care to the population of Ayrshire & Arran with a specific focus on the specialist area of paediatric audiology including the diagnosis of children with hearing loss, their support and rehabilitation.

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 direct support as subject specialist in the field of Paediatric Audiology to the Head of Service assisting in the leadership and management of the Paediatric arm of the Audiology Service to include deputising in the absence of the Head of Service and working closely in partnership with other health, local authority, and 3rd sector Organisations.

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, a postgraduate qualification specific to Audiology e.g., MSc. in Rehabilitative Audiology or equivalent demonstrating postgraduate development and current registration with RCCP/HCPC or equivalent.

We are keen to hear from individuals who believe they have the requisite skills, experience, and enthusiasm to apply. This position will be challenging and requires a mix of strong leadership along with high quality expert clinical practice with enthusiasm and drive to join a Team eager and keen to move this aspect of the Service forward and develop a sustainable and high-quality paediatric Audiology Service for the future. In particular we are interested in people with paediatric assessment and rehabilitative experience including electrophysiology who can demonstrate a genuine drive and interest in their career to date.

Driving licence/Car ownership is essential to this role.

To discuss this senior position, please make initial contact via Adrian.carragher@aapct.scot.nhs.uk quoting “Audiology Recruitment – Paediatric” 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.