|Title||Adult Rehabilitative Audiology|
By the end of this module Clinical Scientists in HSST, with respect to rehabilitative audiology, will be able to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply knowledge and perform a specialist assessment and treatment of patients demonstrating the attitudes and behaviours necessary for the role of a Consultant Clinical Scientist within a patient focused service and in particular will:
- lead a clinical team adopting best practice in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
- apply practice to a range of complex social situations and complex care needs.
- select and apply counselling and communication skills to support individuals through change.
Knowledge and understanding
By the end of this module the HSST Clinical Scientists in HSST will analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply their expert knowledge with respect to:
- the range of conditions for which rehabilitative audiology is appropriate.
- the complexity of social and psychological impacts on individual engagement with health providers.
- the range of skills used in communication and counselling to support individuals through change processes.
- how to interpret and apply research literature from a wide range of disciplines to complex clinical and research problems.
- when to refer for specialist opinion and to whom.
Technical and clinical skills
By the end of this module Clinical Scientists in HSST will be able to select, interpret and perform a range of technical procedures and will:
- apply a range of research methodologies and initiate and participate in collaborative research.
- develop, evaluate and verify new scientific, technical, diagnostic, monitoring, treatment and therapeutic procedures.
- co-ordinate, within the multi-disciplinary team programmes of rehabilitation, which may include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or elements of (CBT).
- identify the range of learning needs of patients and design appropriate educational interventions.develop, evaluate and verify new scientific, technical, diagnostic,monitoring, treatment and therapeutic procedures.
- scaffold learning opportunities for patients.
By the end of this module Clinical Scientists in HSST will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of current research and its application to the performance, adaptation and mastery of a range of clinical and communication skills and will:
- conduct relevant and appropriate clinical testing and rehabilitation processes referring to medical and other professional colleagues as necessary.
- develop, with patients, appropriate and agreed individual management plans
- critically evaluate a range of diagnostic and rehabilitative practices.
- provide leadership in the application and adaptation of clinical activities to patients who are hard to reach or who have additional clinical complexity.
- recognise the need for appropriate and formal supervision and informal support of staff undertaking rehabilitative therapy.
- evaluate the patient’s need for social support and social identity.
- recognise the social and psychological presentations of hearing and/or balance disorders.
- design evaluation to include clinical audit (where appropriate to the evaluation aims).
- reflect on the challenges of applying research to practice in relation to these areas of practice and suggest improvements, building on a critique of available evidence.
Attitudes and behaviours
By the end of this module Clinical Scientists in HSST will be expected to evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations demonstrating the professional attributes and insights required of a Clinical Scientist in HSST working within the limits of professional competence referring as appropriate to senior staff and will:
- ensure that junior colleagues and students are properly supervised and supported in their rehabilitative therapy role.
- be committed to and support continuous improvement of therapeutic services, with particular reference to auditing practice, evidence based practice, new and improved technologies.
- take into account social, cultural and ethical boundaries, making alternative arrangements where necessary.
- communicate appropriately, making necessary adaptations to communication method and style as required.