Speech and Language Therapy

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Children and Young People’s Integrated Therapy Service

Update posted: 12 October 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the Trust has made a number of temporary changes to our children and young people’s services to ensure the safety of patients, families, carers and our staff. These changes are in line with NHS England and Government guidelines. Please click here for full details about the changes to the services provision for the families we care for.

The Integrated Therapy Service in Buckinghamshire is provided by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and includes

  • Speech and Language Therapy (SLT or SALT)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy

We see children and young people from birth to age 19 who live in Buckinghamshire or have a Buckinghamshire GP. We offer information, training, advice, assessment and ongoing therapy as appropriate. 

Our services are delivered in a range of settings including home, educational and healthcare settings around the county. We work in partnership with families, Family Centres, early years settings, schools, SEND area teams and other professionals to ensure children and young people can access the right support from a therapist at the time when they need it most

Children and Young People’s Therapies 

For further information on each individual therapy on the Local Offer, please see

Children and Young People’s Speech and Language Therapy

Children and Young People’s Occupational Therapy

Children and Young People’s Physiotherapy

 

 

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
buc-tr.cyptherapies@nhs.net
Website
Children and Young People Integrated Therapies (Buckinghamshire)
Notes

Postal Address: CYP Therapies, Haleacre, Amersham Hospital, Whielden Street, Amersham, Buckinghamshire HP7 0JD

 

 

Where to go

Name
Various venues including: Oakridge Health Centre in High Wycombe, Amersham Hospital and Rayner's Hedge in Aylesbury
Address
Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire
Geographic Area Covered
Buckinghamshire

Time / Date Details

When is it on
8:30am to 5pm

Other Details

Cost Description

There are no costs to access our service

Age Ranges
From 0 years to 19 years
Facilities
British Sign Language (BSL)

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

First see the Referral criteria and guidance.

We accept referrals via email and post using our integrated referral form which can be completed by families, schools/settings or professionals working with children and young people. If you have any queries, you can call us on the number above.

Local Offer

Description

Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) also known as SALT, aims to improve speech, language and communication skills in children and young people. The focus for the service is to enable families and staff in all sectors working with children, to know how best to develop skills in their children and/or children they work with.

Speech and Language Therapists work with children with a range of communication difficulties including:

  • Attention and listening

  • Receptive language

  • Expressive language

  • Vocabulary and word-finding

  • Selective mutism

  • Social communications

  • Speech sound difficulties

  • Stammering

  • Eating and drinking difficulties

The Speech and Language Therapists develop a programme of work together with the child, family, Early Years/School teaching staff and Specialist Teaching Service.

This may involve training the team who see the child regularly, giving advice to the setting and family, seeing the child individually or within small groups.

Contact Telephone
Contact Email
buc-tr.cyptherapies@nhs.net
Local Offer Age Bands
16 to 18
12 to 15
19 to 25
2 to 4
0 to 1
8 to 11
5 to 7
Needs Level
Communication and Interaction
SEN Provision Type
Targeted service or Specialist service (Referral required)

General Local Offer Response

What needs does your service or activity aim to meet for children and young people with SEND and their families?

Speech, language and communication difficulties and problems with eating and drinking.

We also support children with selective mutism, stammering and communication needs associated with a wide range of medical and/or educational needs. 

We work closely with our therapy colleagues in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, and the whole service engages closely with colleagues from education, health and social care. 

What outcomes does your service or activity aim to achieve for children and young people with SEND and their families?

Improved communication skills in a wide range of areas. Specific outcomes are tailored to each individual child's needs, in discussion with the child (wherever possible through goal-based outcomes), family, other professionals where involved and education staff.

How can children and young people with SEND and their families start to use your service or activity?

Access Buckinghamshire SLT Service via our website. On our website we have a Communication Carousel which anyone can access giving information on a range of needs and activity sheets to begin supporting your child. We also have a link to the Progress Checker from the website run by Talking Point (National charity for children with speech, language and communication difficulties under ICAN). Parents of staff can use this to check a child's skills and to help decide if they need to see a Speech and Language Therapist or not.

Please see our website for ideas and activities as well as news.

How is your service or activity fully accessible to children, young people with SEND and their families, for example, facilities, support from staff?

Community facilities in clinics are suitable for disabled people. Otherwise we mainly work in schools and Early Years settings as well as people's homes, so we can access people with disabilities in the environment which best suits them. We also have staff with Makaton signing skills and BSL signing. We offer a wide range of training to staff working within the children's workforce, in order to better support children and their families. 

How do you communicate with children, young people with SEND and their families?

We have a new Stakeholders group which meets 3 times/year with an independent Chair, and we would very much appreciate hearing from any  EY/School staff who would like to join this group, as well as other education, health or social care staff. The purpose of the group is to support how the service develops, and help ensure it is a responsive and is providing a high-quality service for the Bucks community.

We also have a new Parent Engagement Group aimed specifically at engaging with parents to hear their concerns and to make best use of discussions with parents to support the development of the new integrated CYP Therapies service. 

Please contact Amanda Sillitoe to discuss joining either of these groups. Tel: 01296 566045 or via email.

 

What training have your staff and/or volunteers received to support children and young people with SEND and their families?

Our Speech and Language Therapists all hold professional qualifications and are regulated under the Health and Care Professions Council. Our support staff receive in-house training, external job-specific training as required and organisational training under Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust, our employer.

What future plans does your service or activity have for developing its SEND provision, for example, training, facilities?

Speech Link and Language Link assessment packages are now available to all Key Stage 1 children. Read more about Speech Link Multimedia for Schools.

Last Updated
14/10/2020

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