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PHE – call for Speech, language and communication local practice and pathway examples

14th May 2018

Call for good local practice and pathway examples:

  • Speech, language and communication local practice and pathway (0-5 years)
  • Evidence-based speech, language and communication training for health visitors/ health visiting teams

Public Health England has formed a partnership with the Department for Education as part of their Social Mobility Action Plan to address the “word gap” and the inequalities associated with speech, language and communication needs in the early years. They are pleased to share the first of a series of regular communications with you in this briefing by Wendy Nicholson.

The programme of work will include training for health visitors on speech, language and communication needs; the introduction of an early language assessment tool to support clinical decision-making; and the development of a model pathway for services for children 0-5 years to promote language and early identification/ interventions for children with speech, language and communication needs.

There are some excellent examples of innovative, evidence-driven practice in parts of the country and PHE would like to learn from your experiences and work with you to develop a model pathway for speech, language and communication for children 0-5 years.

If you would like to be involved in this work, please complete a short case study example describing the model/ training that you have developed and any evidence of outcomes.

Please submit your case studies to [email protected] by COP Tuesday 29 May (if you are unable to meet this deadline – please get in touch with Alison directly).

PHE will review all case studies and plan to hold a workshop at the end of June/ beginning of July at Wellington House in London to develop the pathway. They will be inviting representatives from areas with good practice examples to join with them and members of their Expert Advisory Group to develop this programme of work.

If you would like to discuss your ideas informally, please contact Alison Morton by email and she will arrange a call.