Lucy - Audiologist

Who's this?

Lucy is an Audiologist in the Audiology Department at Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL)

What’s the story of their career to date?

Lucy studied Psychology, English Language and Business Studies at A-Level and decided in her second year at sixth form that she wanted to study Audiology. She originally looked at Speech and Language Therapy, but looking at the person specification and following a day spent in the Audiology Department at Bolton Hospital she knew Audiology was for her. Lucy successfully applied to study Audiology at The University of Manchester (UoM). She studied Audiology [BSc Hons] for four years with the third year spent on placement. The degree has now been condensed into the three year HealthCare Science [BSc] and placements are arranged every year. She graduated and successfully gained a Band 5 position in the Audiology department at WWL

What do they do?

Each day is varied and typically involves the assessment of hearing, the issue of hearing aids, hearing aid repairs / follow ups and supporting the Ear, Nose and Throat clinic. Lucy leads a specialised clinic for patients with complex needs and dementia. She is also the placement co-ordinator for students coming from The UoM for their clinical placements in first, second and third year

How has the NHS supported them in their career progression?

Lucy has been well supported by her Line Manager and has annual personal development reviews and monthly one-to-ones. Every year, objectives are given to achieve and often tailored to interests and skillset, she can go on complete further courses if needed. She has completed an online dementia course, to expand her knowledge on dementia for the specialised clinic and also completed a course at The University of Central Lancashire for assessment and supporting students on placement

What is the best part about their role?

The role of an Audiologist can be emotional at times, particularly for a patient who has had difficulty hearing for a number of years and has hearing aid(s) fitted for the first time. Hearing is something we take for granted and undiagnosed hearing loss can impact on relationships with family/friends, social activities and confidence. As an Audiologist, you can improve an individual’s quality of life and this is the most rewarding part of the role

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Audiologist section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.