This stand-alone module is aimed at currently employed Assistant Audiologists/Hearing Care Assistants (HCA) who wish to develop their clinical skills. Practical skills training is provided according to current BSA/BAA best practice guidelines. The module consists of online e-learning, practical workshop training and a work-based element where a portfolio is built on procedural tasks completed under the supervision of their work-based supervisor.
This module can also be used as APEL credit towards the clinical skills module in the First Stage of the Foundation Degree (FD). If applicants wish to use this as APEL they must complete the entire module and meet the Foundation Degree academic qualifications entry criteria of:
- GCSE Mathematics, English Language and Science grade C or higher*
- IELTS 7 overall
- Applicants MUST be employed in the Audiology field
Please also note: Completion of the module is not a guarantee of being accepted on to the Foundation Degree course. Applicants will go through the usual application process for undergraduate programmes.
*For those applicants who do not have the standard academic qualifications above please contact us for further advice on eligibility for the assistant/HCA module.
Summary of content
Once the necessary pre-requisite e-learning sessions have been completed by the participants in their own study time, a series of workshops will take place. These workshops will cover the following topics:
- Day 1: Otoscopy and impression-taking
- Day 2: Pure-tone audiometry and tympanometry
- Day 3: Hearing instrument maintenance and review
After further training in the workplace these clinical skills will be assessed at the University, with the 3 assessment days arranged so that day 1 is mainly a practice day in the skills lab and the following 2 days are the assessments.
Workshops and assessments will take place on:
- Mon 1st, Tues 2nd and Weds 3rd June 2015 - workshops
- Mon 7th, Tues 8th and Weds 9th September 2015 - assessment block.
Resits are within week TBC.
The package is spilt into 2 areas, Core Professional Competency and Core Clinical Competency.
Core clinical competency will be supported by workshops in our custom built clinical skills laboratory and clinical competence will be assessed by University Appointed Assessors, also on campus.
Core Professional Competency consists of:
- Unit 1: Health and Safety in the Workplace
- Unit 2: Professionalism
- Unit 3: Communication
- Unit 4: Referrals and advice
Core Clinical Competency consists of:
- Unit 5: Otoscopy
- Unit 6: Pure-tone audiometry
- Unit 7: Tympanometry
- Unit 8: Impression-taking
- Unit 9: Hearing aid maintenance
- Unit 10: Review and aftercare for the hearing aid user