Clinical Scientist, Audiology

Richard Perdue
Richard Perdue - Clinical Scientist Audiology

Richard Perdue - Clinical Scientist Audiology

What does my job role as a healthcare scientist involve?  

I have a leading role as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing a comprehensive audiology service. This includes working throughout the health board both in hospital and community settings. Work undertaken can include direct referral audiology, hearing aid fittings, paediatric assessment and rehabilitation, and balance assessment and rehabilitation in our dedicated vestibular function clinic. I work with patients ranging in age from 0 years old to 100+.   

I work with up-to-date technology to ensure the best outcomes for people with hearing loss. I work closely with other professionals including ENT (ear, nose and throat), SALT (speech and language therapy), education, child health and radiology, along with volunteer groups and charities. I participate in meetings, research projects and service improvement schemes.  

What do you enjoy about your job?  

Hearing and balance difficulties can be chronic conditions which can have severe implications for people’s quality of life.   

It is very rewarding that as an audiologist I am able to help a person manage some of these problems so that they can live their life to the fullest. Helping people to achieve this can include using the most modern technologies such as digital hearing aids, enhancing someone’s understanding of their condition, and sign posting people to support groups.  

What are your career ambitions?   

Our service has been expanding our presence in primary care. Services offered include full audiometric assessment, wax removal, and arranging onward referral as appropriate. I hope to have a role in these clinics as the service grows.  

How did you get into your role?   

I initially completed an undergraduate science degree in an unrelated subject. My training as a clinical scientist began when I was employed by the health board. The first year of my employment was spent studying for the MSc Audiology. Upon the completion of the MSc further training was undertaken within my health board. Over the next few years I completed (what was then) the HCCC (Higher Certificate of Clinical Competence) clinical modules including balance assessment and rehabilitation, paediatric assessment and adult rehabilitation and first line diagnostics. Finally I completed the non-clinical portfolios HCCC Research Methods and HCCC Service Development. This enabled me to submit my ACS (Association of Clinical Scientists) application.   

What kind of person does your job suit?  

The role is perfect for someone who is enthusiastic about helping people with hearing and balance disorders. Good communication and team working is a must. You must be able to emphasise with people. You should be enthusiastic about working with modern technology.