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Health Foundation award will help people with aphasia

An SLT in Newcastle upon Tyne won a major award last month to carry out research aimed at improving the quality of care for people with aphasia.

Anne Whitworth (pictured), a senior lecturer and director of clinical education at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, won a £138,145 Leading practice through research award from the independent charity, The Health Foundation.

Her winning project, which will start in September and run Anne Whitworth for two years, will develop a

range of effective therapies for people with aphasia.

It will evaluate the ability of different strategies to improve language processing skills, and will focus on 20 people who have difficulties in understanding or combining words into sentences.

Anne will collaborate with regional SLTs to carry out assessments and intervention with these patients. She will also receive personal development training to enhance her leadership skills.

“I am delighted with the award,” Anne said, “ It will allow me to test out hypotheses concerning how language is impaired in the event of neurological damage. It will show whether different underlying deficits respond differentially to specific therapies.” The study will examine several theoretical issues around how sentences breakdown in aphasia and how the real-life impact of therapy can be central in both shaping therapy and measuring its success. The study will highlight patients’ specific communication needs and their real-life goals. Anne added that the project will also make a major contribution to aphasia research and empower other professionals to improve the service they provide patients. For more information on the awards, visit: www.health.org.uk

Speech and Language Therapy Week feedback winners

The winners of our prize draw (see February’s Bulletin Supplement, p2) for submitting feedback on the RCSLT’s Speech and Language Therapy Week are:

Angela Abell, Welshpool, London Sarah Austin, Ealing, London Kay Brownsword,Tipton, West Midlands Angela Grant, Bude, Cornwall Mary Woodall, Welshpool, Wales

A copy of one of the latest books published on speech and language therapy is on its way to each of them.

Our thanks to everyone who sent in a questionnaire with feedback.The response on the week was generally very positive, with many of you feeling it really helped to raise the profile of the work SLTs do, both to internal audiences within your organisation and to the general public, and that it also helped raised staff moral.

The feedback brought lots of useful suggestions on how we could improve the Week, such as needing more resources (especially on how to plan events) and that you needed more time to successfully plan activities.

The RCSLT Council will look at the results of 2005’s activities and decide on the frequency and format of future events.




Foundation trusts developments The Government has given its support to 18 NHS trusts seeking to apply for foundation status including,for the first time,five mental health trusts.Their applications will now go forward to be decided by Monitor,the independent regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts.Visit: www.monitor-nhsft.gov.uk

New cancer service Macmillan Cancer Relief is funding a new service offering telephone and email support to cancer and healthcare professionals,learning disability staff or carers of cancer patients with learning disabilities or palliative care needs.The project follows studies that show this group of patients miss out on vital information and support because they have additional needs.Visit: www.macmillan.org.uk/news

Feeding and cleaning The National Patient Safety Agency has announced the appointment of Evelyn Ogilvie as head of nutrition and cleaning to take forward the agency’s new responsibilities in implementing work on cleaner hospitals and improving nutrition.Evelyn has 20 years’experience of working as a dietitian in a variety of settings and roles within the NHS.She has also led the nutrition policy development at Prison Health for the past 18 months.Visit:www.npsa.nhs.uk

ERIC’s new number The national charity,Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence,(ERIC) has launched a new phone number for its confidential helpline service.The helpline provides information and support on childhood bedwetting, daytime wetting, constipation and soiling to children, young people,parents/carers and professionals.It is open weekdays,10am

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    4pm,and will now only cost local rates

if dialled from a landline.Tel:0845 370 8008.

April 2006 bulletin


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