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Speech and Language Therapy

Areas you might cover

Within the ICS we have both adult and paediatric roles for example:

Acute hospital roles: treating adult with communication and swallowing impairment; treating patients on the Hyper-acute stroke unit and stroke rehabilitation beds; Stroke early supported discharge – designing and implementing treatment programmes and carrying them out with patients in their own home; treating outpatients with voice disorders; working with neonates with feeding difficulties and children who have had surgery for cleft lip and palate.

 

Community roles:

The SLT service provided to adults within Berkshire leads on assessment, differential diagnosis, support, intervention and advice in the areas of acquired speech, language, communication and eating, drinking and swallowing (dysphagia). The SLT service works closely with multi-professional services. The following are the main conditions:

Presenting disorders of aphasia, dysarthria, dyspraxia and dysphagia arising from any of the following: Cerebro-vascular accident (CVA) Progressive disorders, for example, Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis Traumatic head injury Voice disorders arising from organic or behavioural factors Dysfluency Dementia – dysphagia/swallowing advice only.

Community SLT is offered in community settings including Community Hospitals, clinics, patient  homes and Residential/ Nursing Homes.

The Community also offer a service to Older People Mental Health Team and have SLT working within the Memory Clinics and Mental Health Wards. 

Who you might work with?

SLTs liaise with a large varied group of other professions on a day to day basis including specialist nurses, GPs, consultants, radiologists, dietitians, physiotherapists, neighbouring SLT departments etc.

Many SLTs have key roles in MDT clinics which they attend on a regular basis such as Head and neck cancer clinics, Cleft lip and palate clinics, Joint Voice Clinics.

Inpatient staff regularly attend team discussions such as daily board rounds, weekly multi-disciplinary team meetings and clinical governance meetings.  The purpose of the meetings may be patient management or sharing learning about how to improve the patient experience.

SLTs can work within other departments too such as Radiology when carrying out videofluoroscopic swallowing assessments.

What career opportunities do we offer locally?

Staff who join our teams are supported to be the best therapists they can be and career advancement within our teams is valued.  Many therapists who join us after graduation have had opportunities to progress to more senior roles within our organisations.

There is a strong network of support and opportunities for continuing professional development.  Within the acute sector there are senior therapists who are able to support junior staff to develop more specialist post graduate skills.

For further information – contact:

Acute sector working – Judith.anderson@nhs.net

Berkshire community working – Susannah.johnson@berkshire.nhs.uk

Surrey and NE Hants community working – Alison.burns@virgincare.co.uk