We offer undergraduate and postgraduate training to students from many backgrounds, including practitioner training programs (PTP) and scientific training programs (STP).

Audiology

Our audiology department is a great place to learn. We have created an interactive environment with an enthusiastic team of audiologists who are happy to offer their support. Students are given study time to collect, analyse, write up and reflect on their projects. We will also give students access to a mentor to help and guide you through their learning.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate audiology university courses last three years; during this time you will complete hospital-based placements to build your clinical practice. 

We train three to four students per year. During your first year of study your university will normally run a two week taster placement to help you decide where you would like to be placed; after which you can put your preference forward to your university.

You can expect to gain experience in one or more of our specialist services during your placements. Services include: hearing therapy, paediatrics, balance, aural care, adult rehabilitation and diagnostics. We will also support any other non-mandatory training interests that you have too.

Postgraduate

Higher education

We are proud of the fact that a third of our staff have completed a masters or PHD; we support funding where possible, and in return ask that your studies directly benefit the department.   

We also support students who are not employed by the Trust but are completing a Masters or PHD at University.  Students can join us for a nine month placement during their studies. Your university will normally place you.

Continual professional development

You will receive mandatory-training when you join the Trust. We also regularly schedule in-house training for all staff which can include external companies educating and training us to use and administer new products.

In addition, we encourage our staff to enrol onto non-mandatory training programmes and attend events. There are many in-house and external opportunities available including external conferences, masterclasses and short courses. 

Simulation training

We provide microsuction simulation training for senior staff.

Research

We encourage research and often run research trials with new hearing aids and products. Senior staff have the opportunity to be involved in clinical trials in collaboration with other NHS hospitals.  Some of our students and staff are also involved in multidisciplinary research with our ear, nose and throat and neuro-otology departments. 

Work experience

We welcome work experience students who do not have an audiology background. You would usually visit for a day, observe clinicians and earn a certificate of attendance. We have a clinical student supervisor who arranges these placements. All our work experience placements are subject to capacity and staff availability. To find out more about work experience opportunities at the Trust , including how to apply, visit our work experience page.