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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 11/03/2021.

NHS Wales - Trainee Clinical Scientist - Audiology

Job Reference: 082-STP-AUD-0221

Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW)
Various Locations
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum

Established on 1 October 2018, Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) is the only Special Health Authority within NHS Wales. We sit alongside Health Boards and Trusts, and have a leading role in the education, training, development, and shaping of the healthcare workforce in Wales, in order to ensure high-quality care for the people of Wales.

Our key functions include:

  • Working closely with partners and key stakeholders, and planning ahead to ensure the health and care workforce meets the needs of the NHS and people of Wales, now and in the future;
  • Being a reputable source of information and intelligence on the Welsh health and care workforce;
  • Commissioning, designing, and delivering high-quality, value for money education and training, in line with standards;
  • Using education, training, and development to encourage and facilitate career progression;
  • Supporting education, training, and service regulation by playing a key role in representing Wales, and working closely with regulators;
  • Developing the healthcare leaders of today and the future;
  • Providing opportunities for the health and care workforce to develop new skills;
  • Promoting health and care careers in Wales, and Wales as a place to live;
  • Supporting the professional workforce and organisation development profession with Wales;
  • Continuously improving what we do and how we do it.

For more information on this vacancy please contact the recruiting manager, who will be pleased to discuss their employment opportunity with you.

Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.

The organisation also reserves the right to close a vacancy early or withdraw an advertisement at any stage of the process, to enable internal staff requiring to be redeployed in suitable roles.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh. Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

NHS Wales - Trainee Clinical Scientists - Audiology

Exciting opportunities to use your science degree for patient and public benefit

Earn a competitive salary and gain a Masters degree through a 3 year, full-time, nationally recognised training programme

Starting salary will be on the first point of Band 6 on a 3 year fixed term contract.

Healthcare science is one of the most exciting and dynamic areas to work in. Join a unique team who are inspired to apply their exceptional scientific knowledge and skills to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease and the rehabilitation of patients.

The NHS in Wales is offering five salaried post-graduate training programmes in Audiology for high-calibre science graduates who are passionate about science and its role in patient care.

This HEIW fully funded programme is equivalent to that of the STP programme in England.

Audiology involves identifying, assessing and managing hearing and balance function and their associated disorders. Clinical Scientists in Audiology work in patient-facing roles engaging with patients of all ages as part of a team. The primary categories of sub-specialist activity include paediatrics, diagnostics, and rehabilitation (including surgically implantable devices). Audiology is an attractive specialism for those looking to combine use of scientific, technological, clinical, and communication skills. There is a focus on leadership, innovation, development and research to improve patient outcomes. Career prospects are excellent, associated with innovative local and national developments in Audiology in Wales. Further information on the specialism can be found attached.

Successful candidates will be employed by an NHS Wales organisation for the duration of their three-year post-graduate training programme. Trainees are also enrolled for a fully funded part-time vocational master’s degree in Audiology. This will involve block release to Manchester University for lectures and academic assessments, spread over the three years.

Trainees may be required to rotate through other areas, which will involve secondments at other locations. On completion of training, prospects for permanent employment within Wales are excellent. For individuals with aptitude and commitment there are opportunities to progress through the career pathway to Consultant Clinical Scientist. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who are motivated to pursue their career within Wales.


Neurosensory Sciences – Audiology

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board - 2 posts, based at Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital, Wrexham Maelor Hospital or Glan Clwyd Hospital (base sites TBC).

Our welcoming department has extensive experience in hosting training at STP level, and as a merged North Wales Audiology service there is a supportive trainee network across the three main hospital sites. We provide a comprehensive range of audiology services including the North Wales Auditory Implant Service (cochlear implants and bone-anchored hearing aids) and our Clinical Scientist team is very active in both research and service development.



Cardiff & Vale University Health Board – 1 post, based at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

Our audiology department has been hosting training at STP level since 2012 and has a supportive range of qualified clinical scientists who specialise in different areas within audiology. We provide a comprehensive range of audiology services including the South Wales Auditory Implant Service (cochlear implants and bone-anchored hearing aids).


South West Wales - Swansea Bay University Health Board – 2 posts based in Singleton Hospital in Swansea.

The Audiology Department is based in Singleton Hospital in Swansea, and Neath Port Talbot Hospital. Successful candidates will be based in Swansea but will work across sites. The department has a long and successful history of welcoming trainees, and of training and retaining staff at STP level.


For an informal discussion about these posts please contact:

BCUHB - Jenny Townsend on 01745 448740 x2496

C&VUHB – Hannah Derry-Sumner on 02921 841626

SBUHB - Sally Mora on 01792 285270


Please note that due to COVID we are unable to offer informal site visits at this time. A virtual Q&A session hosted by existing Audiology STP trainees in Wales will be held prior to the closing date. Please contact Jenny Townsend for further details.

You may apply for up to two specialisms. Your supporting information must be relevant to both specialisms if you chose to apply for more than one.


The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Interviews will be held remotely on: 20th & 21st April 2021

Closing date for applications for all posts: 11th March 2021


For further details / informal visits contact:

BCUHB - Jenny Townsend on 01745 448740 x2496

C&VUHB – Hannah Derry-Sumner on 02921 841626

SBUHB - Sally Mora on 01792 285270

It is essential that your application demonstrates how you meet the job description / person specification for this post.

To work in the UK, all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship to obtain either a Health and Care visa or Skilled Worker visa, unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply should self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship by visiting Work in the UK. If you are eligible for the Health and Care visa, application costs are lower and you do not need to pay the annual Immigration Health Surcharge.

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