Key information and entry requirements
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Credit value: 5 British Academy of Audiology CPD credits
Mode of delivery: Campus based (2 days), pre-course directed study (1 day)
Course type: Short course
Duration: 3 days
Time commitment: 3 days consisting of 1 day pre-course directed study and 2 consecutive days on campus (Day 1: workshop and Day 2 supervision/assessment)
Entry requirements: You must be currently working in the UK in the field of Audiology or Medicine (please see course outline for more details).
This course is accredited by the British Academy of Audiology. 11 British Academy of Audiology CPD credits are available.
This course may be relevant to professionals such as:
- Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Clinical Scientists
- GPs in Primary or Secondary Care Settings
- Practice and District Nurses
- Nurse Practitioners
- Occupational Health Nurses
- Nurses working in Hospitals and Nursing Homes
- Nurse Advisors in Walk-In Centres
- Other Healthcare Professionals (Please ask for details of eligibility).
It should be noted that where wax removal is not normal practice for a professional group, appropriate advice and approval from employers should be sought. Wax removal should only be undertaken if your job description/employer accepts this to be part of your duties. Employers must ensure adequate insurance and support/supervision as appropriate to their grade for such individuals.
What you will study
You will receive training in simple wax removal using water irrigation systems and wax removal instruments such as loops, curettes and forceps.
Theoretical training will cover:
- Revision of relevant anatomy and pathology
- Pre-treatment care and after-care
- Wax removal techniques using appropriate tools
- Safety considerations
- Professional and insurance issues.
Practical training will include:
- Safe ear examination using otoscopy
- Safe technique for wax removal using water irrigation systems and wax removal instruments
- Infection control.
Learning, teaching and assessment
The course operates according to the British Society of Audiology (2016) Minimum Training Guidelines for Aural Care. It consists of pre-course e-learning, a practical workshop in the Aston Audiology clinical skills laboratory, development of a skills portfolio during a supervised patient clinic, peer review, a written exam and a practical competency exam. Successful completion of all elements will result in a competency certificate.
Our courses are written and delivered by staff at the forefront of Life and Health Sciences teaching and research. All members of staff on this course practice professionally in ENT/Audiology. In the recent Teaching Excellence Framework assessment, Aston was awarded Gold. Our courses are regularly reviewed by relevant professional experts.
This course is led by a team of ENT Nurse Practitioners and assisted by Aston University Senior Audiologists.
Course lead: Martin Whitehouse (ENT Nurse Practitioner).
Course co-ordinator: Sarah Riches (Senior Teaching Fellow (HEA)/Senior Audiologist)
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