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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 04/08/2021.

Newborn Hearing Screener

Job Reference: 448-RCLSCCS253SL4004

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
Allied Health Professionals
Luton and Bedford Hospitals
£19,737 - £21,142 per annum

We are rated "Outstanding" by CQC with an annual budget of £125 million, the Trust's vision is to provide high quality care to the diverse communities we serve to make their lives better. You can find out more about our vision, values and objectives on our website or from the "additional documentation" menu on this page.

We believe that community based health services are fundamental to the success of an NHS that gives people more choice and control over their health.

We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know through experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better patient outcomes. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, disability, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances. We aim to be consciously inclusive and therefore applications from all sections of the community are welcomed. We would particularly encourage candidates from a black and minority ethnic (BAME) background and candidates with health conditions or impairments. We have processes in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly at every stage of the recruitment process, including the proactive consideration of reasonable adjustments to support people in the workplace.

Please be aware that options for flexible working will be considered for all roles within CCS, including but not limited to job share opportunities, compressed hours, annualised hours and tailored working patterns. If you are interested in our flexible working options please discuss these with the recruiting manager for this vacancy.


Newborn Hearing Screener

Band 3

37.5 per week, permanent

Based at Luton & Dunstable Hospital


We are seeking to recruit a full time highly motivated and enthusiastic applicant who is organised and methodical to join our 'family-friendly' and dedicated Newborn Hearing Screening team based at Luton & Dunstable and Bedford Hospital and to also cover community sites across Bedfordshire.

We are looking for someone who has previous Newborn Hearing Screening experience, who has successfully completed their training.


Someone who is interested in training as a Newborn Hearing Screener and who has a good standard of education with a minimum of GCSE Maths and English or equivalent. There will be an expectation to undertake self-directed study and submit work on an electronic database (IT skills are essential). There will also be a requirement to complete a Level 3 Diploma in Screening whilst completing in-service training within approximately 2 years; this includes the NHSP eLearning modules, an external practical assessment (OSCE).

You need to have understanding of and be able to demonstrate:

  • What ‘newborn hearing’ is and its process
  • Early Intervention and equitable care for all
  • Good IT skills – use of word, emails, enter results on our database, book appointments
  • Car driver, car owner with business insurance cover
  • Safeguarding of children and adults
  • Excellent communication skills able to give face to face care and advice to a diverse community
  • Awareness of health and safety regulations, in a clinical area including risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Infection Control and be able to work in the neonatal unit and other stressful situations
  • A willingness to study at level 3 Diploma level with a commitment to remaining in the service to consolidate practice for a further 3 years
  • Flexible team worker – honest, reliable, accountable for actions, patient focused and friendly
  • Work 1 weekend in 3 – 4

Screeners are categorized as ‘essential workers’ and are frontline staff in state of Pandemic lockdown.

If you would not be comfortable working in this environment please review if this post is for you.

Interviews will include a set question which can be written up and handed in at invitation.

Please read both the job description and person specification carefully before making an application. For an informal discussion please contact Deborah Cheshire – Newborn Hearing Screening Programme Manager.

We are not able to accept CVs via email or orientate you around the hospital site prior to interviews.


As part of our safe recruitment practice pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed which may include a Disclosure and Barring check and where the position requires you to drive as part of your everyday duties, you will be asked to validate your driving licence online via the DVLA. We will also use technology to ensure the documents you provide are genuine.

If this role involves attendance to any Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated care homes providing nursing, or personal care in England, you will be asked to provide evidence that you have had the double Covid-19 vaccinations, or have a medical exemption

Successful applicants to posts at band 6 or above for which a DBS check is required, will be asked to pay for this as a condition of their job offer (£44 for an Enhanced Check or £27 for a Standard Check). This payment will be deducted from their first month’s salary unless a longer pay back period is agreed with the appointing manager. This will not apply to successful applicants who are registered with the DBS Update Service and in possession of the disclosure certificate, for whom an online status check will be undertaken.

In submitting an application form, you authorise Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

ALL CORRESPONDENCE relating to vacancies will be via the e-mail address you have provided on your application form. Some servers automatically send e-mails to your junk mail so please check as well as your in box. If you have not been invited to an interview with 2 weeks of the closing date, please be advised that on this occasion your application was unsuccessful.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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