In June 2017, the Institute for Apprenticeships approved the creation of a standard for the role of Hearing Aid Audiologist. Since this time a group of employers within the profession, the Trailblazer Group, have been working to create the standard.
The Trailblazer Group is formed of representatives from the following organisations: Boots Hearingcare, Specsavers Hearing Centres, Amplifon, Hidden Hearing, Scrivens, Bloom, Hearing Care Centre, UK Hearing Care, Chime, Correct Hearing, Sonetik UK, The Outside Clinic and Isle of Man Hearing Solutions.
An apprenticeship is a system of training a new generation of practitioners of a profession with on-the-job training with accompanying study (classroom work and reading). People who successfully complete an apprenticeship reach the professional certification level of competence.
To position hearing aid audiology as a viable career choice and differentiate it from other healthcare apprenticeships. A significant difference is the requirement to help people make financially based decisions, often in their own home while offering best advice regarding their hearing care.
The Apprenticeship Standard describes the role of the Hearing Aid Audiologist, together with the Knowledge, Skill and Behaviours that they will acquire during the apprenticeship. As part of the apprenticeship a Hearing Aid Audiologist will complete a sufficient course of study to enable them to apply for registration with the HCPC as a Hearing Aid Dispenser.
The Trailblazer group is inviting all interested individuals and stakeholder groups to review the draft standard and comment on its suitability before final submission to the Institute for Apprenticeships. The Trailblazer group will then continue to define the ‘end point assessment’ that will complete the apprenticeship and enable certification in readiness for initial apprentices joining the scheme in September 2018.
The deadline for completion of the survey is noon on Friday 2 March 2018