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Calling speech and language therapists

Released: 14.01.15

A conference celebrating best practice in speech and language therapy took place at the University of St Mark & St John on 23 January.

The BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy Student Conference 2015 was a public event at the University with everyone welcome to attend.

Dr Julia Stewart, Programme Lead for Bsc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy said: “The conference celebrated the achievements of our final year students who are about to embark in their clinical careers. It also offered those already working in the field the opportunity to hear up-to-date research on a wide range of topics."

“We were delighted to welcome Kamini Gadhok, CEO of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists to the university."

"Kamini is a former speech and language therapist who now leads the professional body for SLT and has a primary role in delivering service change by building strong partnerships with key stakeholders across government, charities, other professional bodies. She received an MBE for her service to the allied health professions in 2009.”

There were presentations from University of St Mark & St John students and experts. Dr Sarah Griffiths discussed ‘Parkinson’s and the management of everyday participation in conversation’, and a film presented by Scott Stack and Lynsey Parrott discussed inclusion in a workplace.

There were presentations on themes around aphasia, swallow support groups, specific language impairment, mental health, and more from fourth year students from the Speech and Language Therapy degree programme.

The University of St Mark & St John offers the only professionally accredited training course for Speech and Language Therapists within the South West.

Speech and Language Therapy Graduates who successfully complete the programme can apply to the Health and Care Professions Council to register to work as speech and language therapist in the UK.

Most speech and language therapists work for the NHS but many work in education, private practice and other settings. There are career opportunities working in a wide range of clinical specialisms, in research, education and management.

For more information about studying at the University of St Mark & St John, register to attend the Open Day on the 21 February.

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