Permanent


JOB ESCRIPTION
Audiologist – STAFF GRADE
Permanent – Full Time.
Reference No: 07.007 (2022)

QUALIFICATION CRITERIA
 
  1. Candidates must possess the following qualifications or equivalent : -
 
(a) (i) Hold the two year full time M.Sc.in Audiology awarded by the National University of Ireland, University College Cork at Level 9 on the Quality and Qualifications of Ireland (QQI) framework, which includes a licence to practice clinical audiology in Ireland
 
    or
  (ii) Hold an equivalent qualification in Audiology awarded in another jurisdiction validated by the Department of Health (An Roinn Sláinte) (See Note 1* below)


 
                                            or
(b) Hold the BSc (Hons) in Audiology awarded by Athlone Institute of Technology awarded in 2016 only, at Level 8 on the Quality and Qualifications of Ireland (QQI) framework.
 
  or          
(c ) Candidates currently working as an Audiologist or Audiological Scientist within the Irish Health System must hold:
 
  (a) a qualification equivalent to (a) above
 
                               or
(b) The British Association of Audiologists Examinations Parts 1 & 2 (or its predecessor)
 
                               or
(c) A qualification equivalent to (c), (a), (b).
 
                                 and
(d) Candidates must provide evidence of audiological competence relevant to the scope of practice required for the role. (See Note 2* below).
 
                                 and
(e) Candidates who did not complete the required studies through the medium of English must demonstrate their proficiency in the English language through the submission of certification from the International English Language Testing System [IES TS].  An overall score of 7.00 is required with a minimum of Reading 6.5, Writing 7, Listening 6.5, and Speaking 7.
                                  and
(f) Candidates must possess the requisite Audiological competency, professional knowledge experience, and ability (including a high standard of suitability and administrative ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office


Age Restrictions In Relation To Applications.
Age restriction shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant(within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age on the first day of the month in which the latest date for receiving completed applications for the office occurs.

Health
A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the  office and be in a state of health as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

Be of good character.

Garda Vetting is sought for all employees and prospective employees of Tallaght University Hospital. Given the specialised nature of the services provided,your appointment will be subject to satisfactory Garda Vetting and re-vetting in circumstances where the Hospital deems it appropriate. The Hospital will then process the necessary documentation to endeavour to obtain satisfactory Garda clearance for you. You are obliged to disclose previous and any criminal convictions acquired during the course of your employment. Should the Hospital obtain information from the Garda Vetting Unit to indicate that your Garda clearance report is not satisfactory and / or if you have supplied the Hospital with false or misleading information in relation to your Garda clearance status, the Hospital reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this contract in accordance with Tallaght University Hospital Garda Vetting policy.

Mandated and Designated Persons under Children First Act 2015
Schedule 2 of the Children First Act 2015 specifies the classes of persons defined as Mandated Persons for the purposes of the Act. This includes a range of disciplines that are employed by the hospital including all medical practitioners, registered nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers and others.  This includes staff working in adult services. All mandated persons have two main legal obligations under the Children First Act 2015.Mandated persons, under the legislation are required to report any knowledge, belief or reasonable suspicion that a child has been harmed, is being harmed, or is at risk of being harmed. The Act defines harm as assault, ill-treatment, neglect or sexual abuse, and covers single and multiple instances. Mandated persons are also required to assist Tusla if requested, in assessing a concern which has been the subject of a mandated report. Designated Officer are required to receive reports of suspected child abuse or neglect from any person who is of the opinion that (a) a child has been or is being assaulted, ill-treated, neglected or sexually abused, or (b) a child’s health, development or welfare has been or is being avoidably impaired or neglected. Full detailed list of mandated and designated staff together with details of their roles and responsibilities can be found on https://www.tusla.ie/children-first.  It is the responsibility of all staff employed by TUH to be aware of their roles and responsibilities under the legislation and to complete mandatory Children First Training.

PARTICULARS OF OFFICE
The appointment is full time permanent.

Remuneration:
Remuneration is in accordance with the salary scale approved by the Department
of Health & Children. Current remuneration with effect from 1st October, 2021  is :

€33,322 over  increments to €43,727per annum

Pension arrangements and Retirement age:
There are three superannuation schemes currently in operation for staff in Tallaght Hospital:

Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (Non-New Entrant) 
Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (New Entrant)
Single Public Service Pension Scheme.

Please read carefully the summary of the criteria for the three superannuation schemes below. This will assist you in identifying which scheme membership is applicable to your employment circumstances.

If you have been continually employed in the public service prior to the 1st April 2004 and you have not had a break in service of more than 26 weeks, you will be included in the Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (Non-New Entrant) with a Minimum Retirement Age of 60 and a Maximum Retirement Age of 65.

If you have been continually employed in the public service post the 1st April 2004 and you have not had a break in service of more than 26 weeks, you will be included in the Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (New Entrant) with a Minimum Retirement Age of 65. There is no Maximum Retirement Age.

If you have commenced employment in the public service as a new entrant or you are a former public servant, returning to the public service after a break of more than 26 weeks, you will be included in the Single Public Service Pension Scheme effective from the 1st January 2013 with a minimum retirement age of 66 (rising to 67 and 68 in line with state pension changes).  The maximum retirement age under this scheme will be age 70.

Duties:
The Staff Grade Audiologist will perform such duties as are outlined in this job
description. The service may be provided on the main Tallaght University Hospital site
or off-site.

Hours of work:
Normal working hours are 35 hours worked over 7 days Monday-Friday.  However
you will be required to work the agreed roster/on call arrangements advised to you by
your line manager.  Your contracted hours of work are liable to change between
the hours of 8 am to 8 pm over 7 days to meet the requirements for extended day
services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement.

Probation:
The successful candidate will be appointed initially for a probationary period of six months. During the probationary period progress or otherwise will be monitored and at the end of the probationary period the service will (a) be certified as satisfactory and confirmed in writing or (b) if not satisfactory, the probationary period may be extended by 3 months.

Annual Leave:
The annual leave entitlement is 27working days per year. The leave year runs from 1st April to the 31st March each year.

Sick Leave:
Payment of salary during illness will be in accordance with arrangements as approved from time to time by the Department of Health & Children.

Termination of Office:
The employment may be terminated at any time by one months’ notice on either side except where circumstances are dictated by the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts 1973/2001.  The Management’s right under this paragraph shall not be exercised save in circumstances where the Management is of the opinion that the holder of the office has failed to perform satisfactorily the duties of the post or has misconducted himself/herself in relation to the post or is otherwise unfit to hold the appointment.

GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITY

The successful candidate will:
 
  • Maintain, throughout the Hospital, awareness of the primacy of the patient in relation to all Hospital activities.
  • The Audiologist will work closely with ENT Lead Clinicians and the Chief Audiologist to ensure that the Audiology Department delivers a high quality service in an efficient and cost effective manner.  
  • Demonstrate behaviour consistent with the Values of the Hospital.
  • Report to the Chief Audiologist through to the Head of Health and Social Care Professions.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for responsibility and individual initiative.
  • In liaison with the Chief Audiologist and the Head of Health and Social Care Professions be responsible for the delivery of Audiology services in Tallaght University Hospital.


SPECIFIC ACCOUNTABILITY
The successful candidate will:

Clinical
  • Perform Differential Diagnostic Audiological assessments on both adults (and children when required).
  • Interpret the results of Audiological assessments and provide recommendations and reports to other health and educational professionals as necessary.
  • Provide counselling to patients, relatives and carers on audiological conditions.
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of high standards of clinical practice within this area.
  • Foster and maintain professional working relationships with colleagues, front line managers, and other healthcare personnel in the team.
  • Communicate verbally and / or in writing results of assessments, treatment / intervention programmes and recommendations to the team and relevant others in accordance with service policy. 
  • To maintain professional standards to include quality assurance standards in light of changing practices both within and outside the profession.
  • To ensure the department clinical governance is robust.
  • Participate in teaching programmes and engaging in the training of staff, & students including medical students & MSc Audiology students.

Service Delivery & Management
  • Assist with the day-to-day running of the service provided in collaboration with the Chief Audiologist.
  • To be instrumental in organising and co-ordinating the work of the Audiology Department, ensuring the highest standards of patient care, prioritizing your work and managing your time effectively.
  • To keep abreast of new developments, skills and technology in order to initiate and respond to changes in the work environment, e.g. data analysis, clinical audit, research etc.
  • To keep policies and procedures under review, with regular audit, and revise as required in the light of changing service needs.
  • To assist in the delivery of continuous improvement within the Audiology service through defined change management process to achieve organisational objectives.
  • To establish and maintain links with other Audiology departments, both nationally and internationally, in order to promote collaboration in professional development and research.
  • Maintain and implement policies and procedures to support professional best practice, including quality assurance standards in line with changing practice both within and outside the profession.
  • Manage risk within the Audiology service and provide for the requirements of safety standards.
  • Support any changes in technology and assist in the implementation and operation of these changes.
  • To be involved in the teaching of Audiology to junior staff and students, including clinical education and supervision, and in maintaining good liaison with staff of all grades and disciplines.
  • Promote good working practice and uniformity of standards of best practice.
  • Assist in the upkeep of accurate records in line with best clinical governance, organisational requirements and the Freedom of Information Act, and render reports and other information / statistics as required.
  • Engage in IT developments as they apply to service users and service administration.

Education and Training

The Audiologist will:
 
  • Be responsible for keeping informed about current practice and new developments and actively participating in CPD opportunities.
  • Contribute to a structured process for education of colleagues, undergraduates and other disciplines in that specialty area
  • Engage and keep up to date with mandatory training programmes.


Health & Safety

The Audiologist will:
  • Take personal responsibility to ensure compliance with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005.
  • Comply and enact Health and Safety responsibilities as outlined in Hospital policies, protocols and procedures relevant to your area.
  • Assist in preparing risk assessments and departmental safety statements as required

Hygiene/Infection Control
 
  • Ensure that you are advised of your responsibility for Hygiene awareness. Hygiene is defined as “The practice that serves to keep people and environments clean and prevent infection.”
  • Act as a role model and actively promote infection control and prevention and ensure that staff in your area familiarise themselves with the hospital infection control policies and guidelines as outlined in the Infection Control Manual.
  • Ensure that you are aware that you work in an area where there is potential for transmission of infection.
  • Ensure that you are aware that you have a responsibility to prevent the transmission of infection particularly in relation to hand hygiene especially when visiting ward patients.

Information Technology
 
  • Participate in the development of integrated application software to support the operational and management systems for the service.
  • Assist in ensuring that the service makes the most effective and efficient use of developments in information technology for both patient care and administrative support, in a manner which integrates well with systems throughout the Audiology service nationally. (NACMS)
  • Engage in I.T. developments as they apply to the service users and service administration. eg). ICE,s4h, Audit-Base, iPMs, EPR.
 Confidentiality
  • You will be aware of the confidential nature of Hospital work and in particular, the right of patients to confidentiality. To this end you will not discuss workings of the Hospital or its patients with people outside the Hospital, save as required to do so in the course of your work. You must return to the Hospital upon request and, in any event, upon the termination of your employment, all documents or other property of the Hospital which are in your possession or under your control. No documents or property of the Hospital may be removed from the Hospital without prior authorisation.


Quality, Safety and Risk Management
          Support the delivery of the Quality, Safety and Risk Management Programme, including the appropriate identification and management of risks and incidents throughout the hospital.

Data Management
  • Ensure compliance with the obligations required by the Data Protection Act 2003.

Development of Hospital Groups
  • The Hospital Structure is currently under review and therefore, reporting relationships may change. The development of Hospital Groups may require the post-holder to adopt a different reporting relationship and additional accountabilities.  Full consultation will take place in advance of any such change.


NOTE:   The extent and speed of change in the delivery of health care is such that adaptability is essential. The incumbent will be required to maintain, enhance and develop their knowledge, skills and aptitudes necessary to respond to a changing situation. The Job Description must be regarded as an outline of the major areas of accountability at the present time, which will be reviewed and assessed on an on-going basis.

GENERAL
Applications can be submitted ‘on-line’ at www.tuh.ie/careers by completing the application form and attaching your CV.

Candidates should be aware that, when applying for a post through the 'On-Line' Application System (Candidate Manager) they will receive an automated replying acknowledging receipt of their application.  Should you for any reason, not receive this automated acknowledgement, you should notify the Human Resources Department, before the closing date, otherwise your application will not be considered.


Closing Date: Before close of business on:  31st August, 2022


Informal enquiries to Jennifer Sharkey, Chief Audiologist telephone (01) 4143151 or email


 
All candidates should note that, in order to maintain a timely process, the closing date and time for receipt of applications will be strictly adhered to