Adult Speech and Language Therapy Service (Newham)

East Ham Care Centre
Shrewsbury Road,
Forest Gate,

London  E7 8QP

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:



Speech disorders

Clinical speciality:

Community Health Services

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