A project to deliver an on-screen stammering therapy service is to go ahead after a successful funding bid by Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and the British Stammering Association
More people throughout the country are to be offered help with managing their stammer by Airedale Hospital’s speech and language therapists using a video link in a unique service funded by the Health Foundation.
Initially between 40 and 60 participants will be identified through the BSA’s helpline to take part in the project which will run for a year from April 2017. The service will then be evaluated by researchers in the Speech and Language Sciences Department at Leeds Beckett University in order to produce recommendations for development of future practice. If it proves a success, the service could also be adapted to other health services, social care and paediatrics.
There is a national shortage of specialist speech and language services to help people who stammer and this first large-scale pilot of its kind will offer help to adults who are unable to access therapy locally. Over the course of the programme the team will develop its innovative idea and approach, put it into practice and gather evidence about how the innovation improves the quality of health care.
The project has been selected by the Health Foundation, an independent health care charity, to be part of its £1.5 million innovation programme, Innovating for Improvement.
Stephanie Burgess of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust writes of her experience of providing stammering therapy via video link (to a prisoner) in Speech therapy in prison: the therapist’s view.