Audiology: Why Private Practice Could Be for You…

By Rachel Lamb . 13/09/2017 · 2 Minute read

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The vast majority of healthcare professionals, including audiologists, begin their career in the NHS. Moving on to work within the private sector often carries quite a stigma; however, it can be an amazing opportunity for those who work in audiology to take on more responsibility and bring home a better salary.

Aren’t private companies more sales focused?

Most private companies are actually more clinically orientated than you might think and prioritise customer retention above selling. They work with a variety of top-end and affordable hearing aids, and sometimes provide Any Qualified Provider (AQP) testing/fitting, so there’s a bridge to NHS customers.

What can working privately do for my career that the NHS can’t?

One of the fantastic things about working privately are the opportunities you get to take on more responsibilities in comparison to a Band 5 starter role in the NHS. Of course, this then means you have more experience to move forward and seek promotions, such as working as a regional manager or clinical trainer (roles that aren’t available through the NHS).

What can I expect to earn?

There is more money involved in private practice, which is a big selling point for a lot of people. Salaries for a Band 5 audiologist in the NHS start at £22,000 pa - not great. In a private company, a newly qualified audiologist’s salary averages between £24,000 and £31,000 pa. In addition to this, you can expect a bonus and commission, meaning it’s not uncommon to earn above £40k for first year OTE!

If you’re considering the change from NHS to private practice or are interested in one of our other Audiology jobs, speak to me, Tom Peppiatt, or another consultant from our Audiology Team on 020 7220 0824

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