The Adult Community Speech and Language Therapy team provide assessment and management for people with acquired disorders of speech, language, voice and/or swallowing.
Communication assessment and management may include:
• Assessing speech, language (understanding, expression, written understanding and written output) and voice as appropriate.
• Assessing and offering advice regarding the appropriateness of alternative/augmentative methods of communication
• Based on assessment findings devising an appropriate management plan which may include advice, education or therapeutic intervention to improve or maintain function.
Swallowing assessment and management may include:
• Assessing the physiology of the swallow and determining the safety of oral food/fluid intake and risk of aspiration
• Assessing for the presence of impaired eating and drinking skills
• Making recommendations as to the safest oral intake with accompanying strategies as appropriate
• Providing verbal and/or written feedback to all those involved
• Supporting carers and reducing potential anxiety surrounding the feeding difficulties.
The adult SLT team works closely with colleagues in Extended Primary Care and Community Neurology Services.
Recent initiatives and achievements
• Establishing a bi annual MDT training day to care staff regarding Nutrition in Care Homes to improve management of feeding and swallowing and reduce risk of hospital admission.
• Establishing an episode based group for people with Parkinson’s disease run jointly with Physiotherapy targeting therapy and education.
• Establishing a Conversation Partner Scheme using ELFT volunteers to have a conversation with someone in their own homes for people who are socially isolated due to their communication impairment.
• Training to other professionals on how to make their service more accessible to people with a communication disability.
Where services are run: Domiciliary, care homes, day centres and other community locations.
Open referral system
Team email: firstname.lastname@example.org