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  • Location: St Andrew's Healthcare Northampton
  • Start Date: 10 October 2017 - 9:30 AM
  • End Date: 10 October 2017 - 4:00 PM

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Making a difference

This conference aimed to bring together Speech and Language Therapy Practitioners, Educators and Commissioners of SaLT Services from across the broad spectrum of Mental Health care.

In the last few years, public awareness of mental health and mental illness has grown significantly. All of us talk about mental health more openly. Delegates joined us for the second Speech and Language in Mental Health conference.

Mental health remains in the spotlight and in recent months the government agenda has included a government pledge to provide mental health training to teachers, with a desire to achieve parity of esteem for mental and physical health. The publication of AHPs into Action has accelerated the  growing awareness that Allied Health Professionals are able to transform health, care and wellbeing of patients. 

This conference included a combination of presentations and workshops across the age range, sharing good practice nationally where Speech and Language Therapy is making a significant impact, demonstrating the commitment Speech and Language Therapy has in the way that  services are delivered and how we, as a small profession, can make a difference.

Keynote speaker Melanie Cross

Keynote speaker Melanie Cross

Keynote speaker Val Brooks

Keynote speaker Val Brooks

A presentation by Melanie Cross

Supporting children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs

This presentation considers how SLTs and RCSLT have worked together recently to support children and young people with social emotional and mental health needs (SEMH), including Looked After Children (LAC). This work has taken various forms; trying to influence government policy, developing resources and extending support networks for SLTs working in this field. 

A presentation by Val Brooks "So all it took was a Speech Therapist..."

This talk will present the case study of a 15 year old girl with a pre-existing diagnosis of Emotional Unstable Personality Disorder and Conversion Disorder (paralysis of no known medical origin). The presentation will focus on the impact of the Speech and Language Therapy assessment on the mental health Formulation and long-term therapeutic intervention plan for this girl. The talk will consider the role of the Speech and Language Therapist in CAMHS’ Multi-disciplinary teams and raise awareness of some of the current barriers to speech and language therapy ‘making a difference’ in child and adolescent mental health.

Supporting children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs  -      Melanie Cross

Speech and Language Therapy in Women’s Mental Health - Georgia Frith

Collaborative Working with ASC: Sexual-social understanding and the importance of early  diagnosis - Sarah Annerson and Louise Wade

Implementing the 5 good communication standards in a secure Learning Disability Service for adults -  Jo Mitchell      


Lego Therapy                                 

This workshop will offer a brief overview of the Lego Therapy approach and some practical guidance as to how this has been implemented in St Andrews secure services, across adult learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and acquired brain injury populations. Ideas for goal setting and measuring progress will be discussed. Participants will also have the opportunity to try building some models using the Lego Therapy roles.

Women’s Service Occupational Therapy and SLT        

Allied Health Professions are leading the way in transforming services by working together to support people to make informed choices about their own care and promote independence. Speech and language therapy and occupational therapy have worked collaboratively on a number of small scale, patient centred resources to maximise patient involvement, improve patient outcomes and improve physical and mental health care within a secure learning disability service.  This workshop will demonstrate the benefits of collaborative practice.

CAMHS : Emotional Awareness—Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviours      

This workshop will provide insight into the work we do to support adolescent young women with learning disabilities that present with emotional dysregulation. The main focus of the workshop will be to look at the Emotional Awareness Group which is jointly delivered by SLT and psychology. There will be an opportunity to hear feedback from the young people, explore the findings from  pre and post intervention measures and gain a better understanding of the emotional needs of this client group.

 Speech and Language therapists in Dementia care: sharing is caring  

This practical workshop provides the opportunity to explore current priorities in dementia care and how speech and language therapists can build upon these to enhance services for people with dementia. Participate in open discussions, interactive activities and reflect on best practice with the aim to share innovative practice and improve our patients’ care.

The full programme of the day including all presenters and their presentation titles can be here.

Additional information

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Sold out - Delegate fee

Standard £70.00 after 29 August 2017

This event is now closed to new bookings as it is fully booked.

If you have any question in the meantime please email Liz Evans or call on 01604 616584.


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Terms and conditions 1. Confirmation of delegate bookings will be sent by email within 5 days of receipt. 2. Acceptance by St Andrew’s of this completed booking form constitutes a legally binding contract. 3. St Andrew’s reserves the right to restrict admission to its events. 4. Attendance at this event is conditional upon delegates observing the rules and regulations of the venue. 5. St Andrew’s reserves the right to vary or cancel a conference where necessary. 6. Prices may be subject to change.  

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