Job overview

Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP) is seeking highly enthusiastic, organised and methodical individuals to join our very busy and thriving screening team.

  • This post is based at Homerton Healthcare and at outpatient clinics within Hackney and the City.
  • As a newborn hearing screener, you will work primarily with mothers and their newborn babies (0-7 days old) including premature babies and those that need Special and Intensive Care. Therefore, experience of handling babies is essential and working with children and families would be desirable. 
  • You will be expected to work under pressure and prioritise heavy workloads at all times. 
  • Experience of working in a hospital environment would be an added advantage.
  • You will need to be able to meet the following requirements to be considered for this very interesting and rewarding position:

  • Interpersonal and basic computing skills.
  • Willingness to learn, develop and excel in the skill of screening babies.
  • Travelling to outpatient clinics within Hackney will be required.
  • Must be flexible with start and finish times and work on weekends and bank holidays in line with service needs.
  • If you do not have an OSCE/ECA certification in Newborn Hearing Screening, you would need to commit to obtaining a Level 3 Health Screener Diploma within 18 months (fully paid for by the service).
  • Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will act under the leadership and management of the NHSP Local Manager and be responsible for carrying out hearing screening on babies in both inpatient and outpatient settings as required. 
  • The post holder will also have shared responsibility in ensuring the recording, collection and data quality of all patient data for the service.
  • The post holder will carry out the necessary administrative tasks associated with the patient journey.
  • The post holder will be expected to work as part of a team, altering working patterns to accommodate the changing needs of the service, across 7 days a week, 365 days a year with regular working during weekends (Saturdays and Sundays), bank and public holidays including on Christmas day.
  • Working for our organisation

    Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a high performing and flourishing organisation serving the population of Hackney, East London, The City and beyond.

    We are extremely proud of the fact that Homerton Hospital has recently attained the highest possible rating of “Outstanding” from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

    Our integrated Trust provides comprehensive hospital and community health services for its local population and a range of specialist services for a wider group of patients. In addition, the Trust manages services out of St Leonard’s Hospital and the Mary Seacole Nursing Home.

    Homerton aims to ensure equality and value diversity, and we are committed to inclusion for all of our staff. This is reflected in our policies, procedures and People Plan. All of our staff are expected to embody our Trust values at all times.

    We are also committed, through our Fair Recruitment Standards, to ensuring all applicants are treated fairly.

    Homerton has a proud tradition of supporting and developing its staff, including its well-regarded and valued nursing community, and all staff are able to take advantage of a great range of benefits.

    Homerton is proud to have been included on the HSJ & Nursing Times Best Places to Work list.

    Person specification


    Essential criteria

  • GCSE passes (A-C) English and Maths or equivalent
  • Desirable criteria

  • NNEB/BTEC/NVQ in childcare or any other childcare related qualification
  • Other requirements

    Essential criteria

  • Commitment to continuing professional development
  • Ongoing commitment to the role and support to the service
  • Understanding of the Trust values
  • Experience

    Essential criteria

  • Working with babies 0 – 3 months old in a hospital or nursery setting
  • Demonstrable experience of setting up and maintaining accurate records
  • Proven experience of working and communicating with the general public
  • Knowledge

    Essential criteria

  • Knowledge and understanding of equal opportunities and the importance of working within a culturally diverse environment
  • Knowledge/understanding of confidentiality issues
  • Desirable criteria

  • An awareness of the effects of hearing problems in children
  • Skills/Abilities

    Essential criteria

  • Ability to work as part of a team and to work to a high standard without constant instruction or supervision
  • Ability to plan, organise and prioritise own workload
  • Competent in using Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Ability to relate in a sensitive manner to vulnerable clients
  • General Guidance for Applicants

    The Trust is committed to supporting flexible working wherever possible. The Trust also welcomes applications from candidates wishing to job share with or without job share partners.

    We are committed to equal opportunities, and have been approved as a Disability Confident Employer.

    The Trust offers a number of benefits, including a relocation loan for new starters moving to the area. More details on our range of benefits can be found on the Homerton website.

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