Adult Speech and Language Therapy Service
The Adult Community Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) team is based at East Ham Care Centre and provides assessment and management for adults over 16 living in Newham with acquired disorders of speech, language, communication and/or swallowing.
The Adult SALT team works closely with colleagues in other services, including the Community Neurology Service, Extended Primary Care services, East Ham Care Centre Inpatient Wards, and Newham University Hospital.
East Ham Care Centre
- Assessing speech, language and communication (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 and patient goals devising an appropriate management plan which may include advice, education or therapeutic intervention to improve or maintain function.
- 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 patients and carers and reducing potential anxiety surrounding the feeding difficulties.
- Providing regular dysphagia training to other services and teams within CHN, and to Newham Care Homes.
- Devising an e-learning module on “Dysphagia” to encourage awareness and knowledge in supporting people with swallowing difficulties across the trust.
- Providing Talking Mats Foundation Training to other services and teams within CHN and ELFT.
- Working closely with acute mental health services within the Trust.