Archive for January, 2009

12 Month Contract / Temporary Audiology Job available

Friday, January 30th, 2009

This is an interesting alternative for a locum audiologist, a 12 Month fixed term contract. Should you be looking at a gap year this may be the position you were hoping for.

Based in the North West of England this audiology department is looking for a motivated Audiological Scientist who enjoys working as part of a friendly team of all disciplines.  We are a regional BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid) Centre and offer full diagnostic audio-vestibular and rehabilitation services for both adults and paediatrics. The job is to include predominantly the care of adult and paediatric patients with hearing loss, formulating individualised care plans for adults diagnosed with a hearing loss, working within in/out patients, acute, community Audiology and domiciliary environments.

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Senior Clinical Scientist AND Senior Audiologist Jobs

Friday, January 30th, 2009

For ease of reading we have included the following 2 positions in this one post. Both are standing out as excellent opportunities for anyone looking for the next career move.

Senior Clinical Scientist
Midlands, Birmingham

Unfortunately this position is almost closing for applications so please do not waste a minute if you consider to apply. The job description is as follows:

A vacancy has arisen for a Senior Clinical Scientist (Audiology), which offers the opportunity to work in a broad based role with support from an excellent team of professionals to help develop your skills further. The successful applicant will have an MSC in Audiology, CAC and HPC registration. The successful applicant will have the chance to work in all areas of Audiology including adult rehabilitation, vestibular assessment/rehabilitation, paediatric assessment and diagnostic assessment of NHSP referrals. In addition you will be involved in the training of trainee scientists in preparation for their CAC examinations. The department also offers an option to work a “9 day fortnight”. This is a Band 7 position.

To apply send us your CV ASAP, click here.

The second position(s) is available in the South East, where there are Three Band 6 Senior Audiologist Positions available. The roll description reads as follows:

Area of work is an Audiology Department in South East England, Kent
A salary of £24,103-£32,653 per annum, Allied Health Professionals Pay Scheme Agenda for change Pay Band 6, 37.5 hours per week
This job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received.
An opportunity has arisen for three Senior/specialist Audiologists to work across the adult services in East Kent. The successful candidates will possess a BSc (Audiology) or equivalent and will be RCCP or HPC registered. The role will be split across multiple sites covering the full range of audiological services. The ideal candidates will have significant experience of working within a busy and diverse adult NHS audiology department, and have a good understanding of paediatric work. East Kent audiology is developing and will be able to provide further opportunities for training and professional enhancement.

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Clinical Scientist Audiology or Research Scientist Audiologist job/position

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

It is not everyday that you will see one of these.  If you have the qualification and are interested read more….

Job description:
Applications are invited for a clinical scientist or senior post-doctoral researcher  to manage the MRC IHR Clinical Section. You will lead an exciting research programme of applied studies of auditory development, auditory processing disorder and auditory cognition, under the overall direction of Prof. David Moore. Candidates should have either an MSc in Audiology and CAC or a PhD in hearing science, psychology or a related subject such as neuroscience. Substantial research experience is essential. This is a fixed term post until March 2012, with the possibility to continue beyond that date.
Salary  £43,221 – £53,432 per annum, this is a grade 8B position

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Analogue to digital not always the answer

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Take Mrs Morris for instance. She is severely hearing impaired and when I saw her the first time; she was in dire straights about “these terrible new hearing aids” she was given a week ago.

She came to us without an appointment (and continues to do so to this day); anyways she was literally at breaking point. To resolve the situation one of my colleagues kindly fitted her with digital aids since her antique analogue hearing aids packed up. But dealing with a new hearing aid with different switches and sounds was almost like asking this lady to move abroad to a country where they speak a funny language!

So when I saw her I switched it back to 37’s which made her as happy as Larry. In fact, this minor act moved her to tears of happiness this time and she proceeded to pay me five pounds! Clearly this has been her whole allowance for the week and she refused to take it back.

Since then I have seen Mrs Morris regularly. She wrote my name on a serviette that she keeps, folded up neatly, in her purse and she hugs and kisses me upon greeting every time. And she states so profusely that I am her very best friend because I helped her to hear!

Dezi Belle

Names used was changed for data protection.

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Audiology Jobs, South of London, UK

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

 We have a couple of locum Audiology jobs going South of London.

  1. 3 months to ongoing
    Experienced locum needed. The department will get you up to speed with hearing aids used in the department if needs be.
    GP referrals, HA fittings, reassessments, follow-ups and ENT cover.
  2. Temporary ENT clinic cover needed for the following dates:
    12/2, 12/2, 25/2, 26/2, 26/2, 27/2
    This is all afternoon clinics.

Should this be of interest to you please send us your CV by clicking on this line.

Video Clip: The Hair Cell Boogie

Monday, January 26th, 2009

This clip is amazingly old. However I found it most interesting.
It was recorded back in 1987! by Professor Jonathan Ashmore.

If possible listen the clip WITH SOUND.  To view click on: Rock Around The Clock Hair Cell Video

According to the lab:
The movie shows an outer  hair cell which has been patch clamped using a whole cell recording pipette at its basal end. This allows the membrane potential of the cell to be varied. The low frequency envelope of RatC is played into the stimulus input socket of the patch amplifier, with a peak-to-peak amplitude of about 100 mV. The hair cell changes length – but at constant volume – because it has a motor molecule in the membrane along the cell sides which responds to membrane voltage by changing area. For more information about this see the other publications from this lab.

“The worlds most unusual rock video” (Radio Times, August 13, 1987)
You all know the tune. It’s Bill Haley and the Comets in 1956.

The clip was originally made for a BBC programme, “Ear We Go” one Saturday morning in July, 1987 and broadcast in August 1987. I still have the hole in my apparatus to show where the camera went… The Bill Haley tune was out of copyright, so the BBC (never one for Titanic-style expenditure) liked that. There was no performance fee. It has made a number of other guest appearances in programmes since then. Although there have been many imitations, this is the original version!

More about the UCL EAR INSTITUTE
The UCL Ear Institute aims to lead the world in understanding hearing and fighting deafness. From human genetics to cognition, biophysics to cell biology and bench to clinic, our interdisciplinary approach ensures that research at the Ear Institute remains at the cutting edge.

For more details on their mission visit the following link: UCL EAR INSTITUTE

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Behold, The First NHS Constitution!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

The first NHS Constitution for England has been created through a collaborative approach of consultation, discussion and research with NHS staff as well as patients, the public and stakeholders.

The NHS Constitution sets out the purpose, principles and values of the NHS, as well as bringing together a number of rights, pledges and responsibilities for all staff and patients.
In short from the BBC:

 NHS Constitution


A right to makes choices about care and to information to help exercise that choice

A new legal right to receive the vaccinations that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommends

A right making explicit entitlement to drugs and treatments that have been recommended by NICE for use in the NHS

A right to expect local decisions on funding of other drugs and treatments to be made rationally following a proper consideration of the evidence

Clear and comprehensive rights to complaint and redress

To read the NHS Constitution and associated documents click here.

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Audiology jobs this week

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Weather you are a student audiologist or you’ve been in the audiological sector for many moons, looking at new opportunities are always good. Let’s take a bloke for instance, you have a car but you will still grab the Auto Trader, Car or Wheels magazine when in a waiting room. Why? Just to stay in touch.
Same thing counts here have a look now and then and make sure you are on track in your own job.

Permanent Audiology Jobs
We have a few jobs available, literally across the country. From the South West, to Kent up through London, the Midlands, East Anglia and the North West.
I will highlight a few exciting opportunities.

Senior Audiologist

£28,924 to £38,591 per annum
An opportunity has arisen to join a team of audiologists who provide Audiology services on 2 sites. The department provides adult and paediatric services. We have close links with a strong ENT and Audiological Medicine department. We are a student placement centre and are affiliated to the a School of Audiology in London. There are several opportunities to become involved in practical training.
You will have a BSc in Audiology or BAAT parts 1&2, BTEC in MPPM & must have voluntary registration with RCCP in preparation for State Registration with HPC. Post graduate students may be considered at a lower grade, with the opportunity to develop.

Specialist Audiologist

£27,718 to £36,809 per annum
We are looking for a Specialist Audiologist with excellent all round skills and experience working within acute adult and paediatric settings. The responsibilities of this Band 6 post will include assessment and rehabilitation support for local adult and paediatric populations.
Our department consists of a friendly, multi-disciplinary team who offer a full range of specialist level Audiological services including an audiologist-led paediatric service. Experience working at a high level of autonomy is therefore essential.
In order to be considered for this post you should be registered with (or eligible to be registered with) the RCCP and be eligible to work in the U.K. (i.e Working holiday Visa, EU passport). Support will be given to ensure that the successful candidate continues their professional development.


£20,225 – £26,123
Band 5
This Audiology Department is looking to recruit a dynamic, forward thinking, motivated Audiologist to join their excellent team.
As a Band 5 Audiologist you will be expected to work using your own initiative selecting, verifying and fitting a range of NHS hearing aids and also undertake a full range of diagnostic audiological tests.
We can offer you the opportunity to develop clinical audiologist skills as the department provides a comprehensive range of audiological services.

If you are interested in our other perm audiology jobs please email me.

Locum Audiology Jobs
Not too many at this stage, however we have a few around London. If you are looking for a locum audiological opportunity please let me know.

Applying from abroad and looking for Audiology Jobs in the UK
Sorry mate, you’ve missed the boat. Okay, not really. There are jobs out there and the majority of expats are looking for a locum job here or there to fuel their travels or to pay off a loan back home (unfortunately the credit crunch will follow you around the globe at this stage). If you’re in this category email me.

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Audiology Events for 2009

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Staying informed and acquiring new skills are key to advancing your audiological career. On the other hand, it is also a great day out. Audiology meetings and conferences gives you new life, it supplies the vitality to keep you upbeat. Having a positive outlook on your work is critical and if your batteries are a bit run down have a look at the menu below.

You may say “This means cash!” Fortunately not always, have a look at what the BAA reported on:

CSO announces Four ‘National Audiology Events’
England’s Chief Scientific Officer, Prof. Sue Hill, has announced four National Audiology Events to take place in Jan/Feb 2009. The events will focus on the Good Practice Guides in Tinnitus, Balance, Paediatrics and Adults & complex hearing needs.

According to their website these events are FREE of charge. They are included below. Lastly, I’m terribly sorry but I do not have links/contacts for all of these events. Here are what I have available (apologies for the layout… it is like some moulds, they just do not fit!).








23rd January

Proposed changes to Audiology- the
future needs of the NHS


Scottish Regional Group Meeting

26th January

National Audiology Event – Balance

Avonmouth House, London

18weeks NHS – Free of charge

28th January

National Audiology Event – Tinnitus

Avonmouth House, London

18weeks NHS – Free of charge

29th January

Ageing Population Conference 2009

QEII Conference Centre, London





2nd February

National Audiology Event – Adult Services

Hilton London Metropole Hotel

18weeks NHS – Free of charge

6th February

BSA Balance Interest Group Conference:
Vestibular rehabilitation

The Ear Institute, UCL, London

Paul Radomskij

9th February

National Audiology Event – Paediatrics

Hilton London Metropole Hotel

18weeks NHS – Free of charge

16-17th February

Research Training Event

Best Western, Westminster Hotel





1st March

BAA: CPD – Audiology Continuing
Professional Development


Sponson: Advanced Bionics UK Ltd

11th March

Vestibular Medicine For Audiologists

The National Hospital For Neurology and
Neurosurgery Queen Square, London





15th April

BSA Scottish Branch Meeting: Beyond
Modernisation – what’s new for Audiology?

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Christine De Placido




May – TBC

BSA Education Committee Symposium:
Earmould Brochure

to be confirmed

Roger Lewin
BSA Office: Tel: 0118 966 0622

7th May

BSA Paig Conference

Hilton Hotel, Sheffield

Contact Jan Deevey
BSA Office: Tel: 0118 966 0622

10-13th May

27th European Course on The Management
of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis

The Moller Centre, Cambridge

David Baguley


Click here for more information






9-11th September

BSA Annual Conference

Institute of Child Health, London

Paul Turner
BSA Office: Tel: 0118 966 0622

17-18th September

Experimental Short Papers meeting

University of Southampton

David Furness

Above: Audiology Conference, Meetings, Events for 2009

If you want to send me details on meetings, email me here.

War heroes

Monday, January 19th, 2009

From time to time you see those patients that touch your heart and today I met (let us call him) Mr Harris, a very splendid gentleman indeed. He is in his eighties and like all war veterans I have seen, he has that twinkle in his eyes. He has a certain demeanour, a special something that sets him apart from the crowd. With all the veterans I’ve met so far, it’s evident that they can overcome hardship and keep a sense of humour through it all. I envy the way they seem to taste life, savour it as a gift.

Mr Harris was injured during the war in Arnhem (in Holland) during Operation Market Garden where he was treated in a hospital that was seized by the Germans. Shortly after his admittance The Germans used the basement to store ammunition and the Brits then proceeded to bomb the building unbeknown to the fact that their own injured mates were inside! Mr Harris still remembers the incident so vividly that he wept whilst relating how the shrapnel flew past their heads, how the roof collapsed, how they started singing hymns amongst the intense firing and how the Lord protected him. One brave soldier walked out with a white flag which brought the firing to an end at last.

Mr Harris was later transferred to a POW camp in Brunswick where he received a ration of a one inched vegetable and a cup of watery soup per day! He says many people died there (mostly of hunger) and he shuddered and wept again when he told me how he heard their cries as they died.

I asked him about the movie A Bridge Too Far which I’ve recently seen and he said unfortunately that was the American version. Apparently a British movie was made shortly after the war about Arnhem with many of the officers who served there, playing themselves in the movie. Mr Harris was invited to the premier and wept the whole 120mins and although not a smoker, smoked incessantly through it all. He says reliving it with all of his close friends “dying again”, was extremely difficult to bare.

Mr Harris has a very close knit family and speaks highly of his late wife. He says it is sad to see young people drinking their lives away and others robbing and killing each other. “What a waste of life”, he remarked. Having had several heart attacks recently, Mr Harris says he is content to go when the time comes. He says he has had a good life, that he ran the race and kept his faith.

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Dezi Belle