From the importance of supporting parents in New Cross Hospital’s Neonatal Unit to being a key part of Walsall’s Family Hubs and using instrumental assessment on adult wards – the wealth of invaluable work carried out by Speech and Language Therapists (SLT) has been showcased at a celebratory event.
Special guests were Steve Jamieson, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Professor David Loughton CBE, Group Chief Executive of The Royal Wolverhampton and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trusts and Non-Executive Director John Dunn.
Steve said: ”This is one of the many reasons I love this job. Thank you to everyone for making me so welcome. It was great to address over 90 SLTs and also visit ICU.”
The event also featured the launch of a new shared vision for Speech and Language Therapy at both Trusts. This vision has been created as a result of feedback from staff following a joint meeting of both services in the summer.
Elizabeth Wassall, Speech and Language Therapy Service Manager for Walsall Healthcare, said: “We were already proud of the difference our teams are making every day to our communities, but this event gave us all a chance to stop and reflect on the sheer scale of their efforts.
“It was also an opportunity to appreciate the outcomes that our collective interventions have on the families we support.”
Charlotte Colesby, SLT Services Manager at Wolverhampton, said: “There was such a positive energy in the room and it was wonderful for colleagues to share their successes in this way.
“Thank you to our special guests too for their support – they were impressed at the range of services we offer across both Trusts and said they learned a lot about the work we do.”
Highlights from Tuesday’s event included insights into:
The impact of group therapy for children who stammer
An audit of breakfasts at West Park Hospital
The Turning Point service to support the prevention of family breakdown and to reduce the chance of young people entering care.
Swallowing awareness day – working and planning together