Audiological Scientist

The Portland Hospital
11 Jan 2018
16 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

About The Facility

Develop your career with HCA Healthcare UK - World's largest private acute and complex care hospital group and winners of 'The Best Private Healthcare provider 2016' and 'Best International Cancer Services' provider 2016

Internationally renowned for clinical excellence, The Portland Hospital is the only independent hospital in the UK entirely dedicated to women and children. Our inpatient and outpatient specialties reflect this, providing clinical expertise in Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Women`s Health.

The hospital has been consistently growing over the past few years, almost doubling since 2008.

Our Paediatric wards hold 56 inpatient beds + 11 day case and are equipped with the latest technology to provide advanced medical and surgical care, including a Paediatric Neurorehabilitation Unit and a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit which reflects the acuity and complex nature of the children who are admitted to our hospital. The Portland Hospital has a large number of international Paediatric patients, often funded by relevant embassies.

The Implant service is part of the largest single independent provider for Hearing & balance in the UK. Many of the patients attend from the South East and overseas.
The culture at The Portland Hospital is to provide support, an inspiring environment and positive ways of working to ensure everyone has a better day. This is accomplished through our core set of 'Positively Portland' values that all employees will work to:

Greetings, Respect, Teamwork, Initiative, Responsibility and Acknowledgement

Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity for an Audiological Scientist in the Auditory Implant Department at The Portland Hospital.

This post requires responsibility for assessment requests, from a variety of external users. The post holder will be an experienced, qualified audiologist and will perform work involving a significant degree of responsibility and autonomy, including activities which are complex and non-routine.

To be competent with the three main cochlear implant devices in current use and carry out complex assessments on both adult and paediatric cases.

This role is part time for 30 Hours per week.

Salary - Competitive

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Initial consultations for new cochlear implant candidates
  • Device consultations (Cochlear, Advanced Bionics and Med-el)
  • Audiological assessment on both paediatric and adult cochlear implant candidates
  • Evaluation of test results to contribute to decision regarding CI suitability.Decision-making in determining cochlear implantation candidacy
  • Attending panel team meetings
  • Working in a multidisciplinary team (speech-language therapist,surgeons, radiologist, psychologist, TOD)
  • Making appropriate referrals to other professionals
  • Report writing
  • Working with assistive listening devices (FM systems)
  • Intra-operative monitoring and testing
  • MAPping of sound processors, activation, rehabilitation and
  • on-going support to patients
  • Regular assessments, reviews and monitoring of patients' progress
  • Ordering of equipment, monitoring and maintenance of clinic stock
  • Troubleshooting and managing repair of sound processors and equipment
  • Experience in working with interpreters
  • Maintain detailed knowledge of cochlear implant models in use and programming software (from Cochlear Ltd, Med-El and Advanced Bionics). This will require regular update training both within the department and at other venues
  • Setting up Clinical Protocols and procedures for our Hearing implant team.
  • Training team members
  • Clinical Audits
  • Baha, Vibrant Soundbridge and Bonebridge implants assessment process and habilitation
  • Entering charges on patients account
  • Diagnostic hearing assessment for adults (Pure tone, Speech testing, Acoustic Impedance testing, Tinnitus match and mask, Brainstem Responses, ECoghs)
  • Paediatric hearing assessments (OAE's, VRA, Distraction testing, play audiometry, ABR)
  • Vestibular assessment: Videonystagmography, Bithermal Caloric testing, Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potenial testing (cVEMPs and oVEMPs), Rotary Chair.
  • Assist in Audiology Pre- and post-surgical assessments of cochlear implant patients.

Skills & Experience

  • Advanced practical and theoretical skills in standard audiological behavioural clinical procedures and electrophysiological assessments of paediatric and adult populations
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of normal child development
  • Knowledge of the causes and appropriate management of hearing impairment in children and adults
  • An understanding of the concept and practical implications of clinical governance.
  • Excellent communication skills, especially with profoundly deaf clients.
  • Statistical analytical skills
  • Knowledge of the function and preventative maintenance of audiological equipment

About The Individual

The successful candidate must have a professional manner, excellent interpersonal skills, and recognise the need to work flexibly to best serve the needs of the department and our patients. Additionally, you will have a passion for delivering customer service and a desire to provide an exceptional patient experience and you will actively contribute to the overall development of the service.

If you wish to find out more about this opportunity, please send through your details and we would be happy to accommodate an informal visit as part of your application process and look forward to meeting you!