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 an 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;
- Devising an e-learning module on “Dysphagia” to encourage awareness of knowledge in supporting people with swallowing difficulties across the trust;
- Exploring and trialing new and innovative treatment approaches in dysphagia management.
Where services are run: Domiciliary, care homes, day centres and other community locations.
Service Lead: Paula Dougill, Interim Clinical Lead Adult Speech and Language Therapy
Senior Manager: Joanna Raphael, Head of Therapies
Cardiac Rehab Mission Statement:
“In conjunction with other healthcare interventions, to equal the dramatic reduction of mortality and morbidity to Coronary Heart Disease achieved over the last ten years for a further ten years to come. Promote recovery, enable patients to achieve and maintain better health and reduce risk of death in people who have heart disease. Improve quality, equity and accessibility for the service users of Newham and thereby reduce the number of incidences of Cardiovascular Disease in Newham to national levels.”
How to Refer: Open referral system
Contact Tel: 020 8475 2080
Team email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where services are run: Domiciliary, Care Homes, Day Centres and other appropriate community locations. East Ham Care Centre, Shrewsbury Road, London, E7 8QP.