Today (Monday 15 October) is the first ever Allied Health Professionals Day (AHPs)– an opportunity for the 14 allied health professions to come together to focus on their brilliant work and celebrate their skills.
Here at Leeds Community Healthcare we are extremely proud of our own AHPs and want to shine a light on their crucial work and achievements by profiling a few of them…
Who do you care for?
I care for children and young people with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).
Describe what you do.
I support children and young people with SLCN in mainstream primary and secondary schools. I’m a Makaton Regional Tutor and part of the Children’s Speech and Language Therapy (CSLT) Practitioner Training Team.
I love the fact that my days are so varied! One day I might be visiting children in schools, completing assessments, talking to parents about their concerns, modelling therapy activities to school staff or completing therapy interventions with children.
I could be delivering citywide training on different aspects of speech, language and communication or delivering Makaton training in places such as private nurseries. I might be developing training materials, talking to organisations about their training needs and of course writing reports, support plans and setting targets for children with SLCN.
How long have you worked for the NHS?
Since 2002 (16 years)!
What do you enjoy most about your role as an AHP?
I enjoy being out and about in different settings, getting to know and supporting amazing children and young people, and working together with families and schools.
Describe your proudest moment.
When a child used Makaton signs and symbols to participate in a whole school assembly with his friends! It’s so lovely to hear that the Makaton training I’ve delivered has made a difference to a child.
It meant that the school put loads of things in place to ensure that this child was included in everything and the school became a truly inclusive communication-friendly setting. He was able to stand with his friends in an assembly in front of the whole school community and join in like everyone else - it brought a tear to everyone’s eye apparently. It made me feel as if I can make a difference to a child’s life.
MRCSLT, Reg HCPC
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service
Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
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