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Assistant Audiologist Competency Training Package

Key information

Duration: study is flexible to meet the learning needs of the participants.
In 2015 the workshops are on Mon 1st, Tues 2nd, Weds 3rd June and assessment dates are Mon 7th, Tues 8th, Weds 9th September.

Location:
Aston University, Birmingham

Fee:
The total cost of the course plus assessments is £1150.
If you wish to study only part of the course please contact Sarah Riches at
S.RICHES@aston.ac.uk for further details regarding fees. If you wish to pay the fee by credit card please follow this link.

To register:
Please complete the registration form

Further information: Contact Dr Julia Y Brown at j.y.brown@aston.ac.uk or telephone 0121 204 3908.

Aims

This training package is designed for assistant Audiologists in the NHS and private sector. It complements e-Learning for Healthcare (eLfH) e-Audiology session material to provide underpinning theory for the areas of assessment. There is also a work-based element where Assistants practice their skills under supervision of their work-based supervisor/senior colleagues.

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 aid 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.

Module outcomes

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

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