Speech and Language Therapists from Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) recently held a “Communication Awareness” day for their colleagues, to shine a light on the important work that they do in the community.
Speech and Language Therapists work with patients who have communication and / or swallowing difficulties. Following an assessment, specific advice and therapy is provided as appropriate to patients.
The Vale Community Resource Service (VCRS) is a multidisciplinary team (MDT) based in Barry Hospital. The health and social services integrated team consists of Speech and Language Therapists, Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Nurses, Social Workers, Reablement Support Workers and Rehabilitation Technicians who work closely with voluntary organisations.
The team work with people in their own homes to maximise independence while supporting discharge from hospital and helping to prevent hospital admissions.
The awareness day highlighted communication disorders and showed how the multi-disciplinary team can help.
The team held a stand in their department, demonstrating facts about communication, communication aids and asked people to think about why their voice was so important to them and what they used it for.
The team also held a sponsored silence during their lunch time in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, which raises money to support people affected by motor neurone disease and fund research. A cake sale was held with money raised also going towards the Motor Neuron Disease Association.
Communication sessions were held in the afternoon session, helping staff to break down the barriers of communication.
Rebecca Wooller, Speech and Language Therapist for Cardiff and Vale UHB said: “We were absolutely delighted to see so many people stop by our stand to find out about the important work that we do.
“It is important to raise awareness about the treatment, support and care that we provide for adults who have difficulties with communication, to enable them to live well and improve quality of life.”