Adult's Speech and Language Therapy Service
About Speech and Language Therapists
Speech and language therapy provides treatment, support and care for adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.
Speech and language therapists (SLTs) are allied health professionals. They work with family, carers and other professionals, such as dieticians, nurses, occupational therapists and doctors.
We are members of the Royal College of Speech and Language therapy and are registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). These are statutory bodies that ensure Therapists are professionally accountable.
Where Speech and Language Therapists work
- Hospital wards, outpatient departments, hospice care
- Day centres
- Clients’ homes
These appointments can be offered remotely or face to face.
Who Speech and Language Therapists work with
We work with adults presenting with communication or eating and swallowing problems following neurological impairments and degenerative conditions, including:
- Stroke (Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists [RCSLT] website)
- Brain injury (RCSLT website)
- Parksinon’s Disease (RCSLT website)
- Dementia (RCSLT website)
- Head and neck cancer (RCSLT website)
- Learning disabilities (RCSLT website)
- Mental health (RCSLT website)
- Stammering (RCSLT website)
- Voice disorders including transgender and non-binary voices (RCSLT website)
What Speech and Language Therapists do
Speech and Language Therapists assess, diagnose and treat adults who have feeding, swallowing or communication impairments. These can range from mild to very severe. We work with individuals, groups or on a consultative basis. We provide training and education for carers and other professionals.
How to find a Speech and Language Therapist
If you think you, or relative needs to see a speech and language therapist ask your GP, district nurse or health visitor for a referral.
If you are a health care professional referral forms can be located within your department. Completed forms can be sent through to the Speech Therapy office email email@example.com
What happens next
Once we receive your referral we will sort this according to the urgency of the referral before an appointment is made.
A speech and language therapist or assistant may telephone you to find out more about your situation. At this stage ask what will happen next and how long you may have to wait for an appointment.
If you think you have been asked to wait too long for a first appointment or for treatment after the first appointment, contact the speech and language therapy department to ask what has happened.
If you still experience difficulty, contact your GP or Manx Care Advice and Liaison Service (MCALS) to discuss the situation.
We are a small team of dedicated Speech and Language Therapists working across the island to ensure patients develop their own competencies and achieve their own successes by working in partnership with our therapists. Our vision is to offer a sustainable and resilient service that enables patient’s communication and swallowing potential by using current up to date practice. We also aim to provide the best level of education and training for our colleagues to ensure patient safety and optimise their rehabilitation
Speech and Language Therapy Department at Nobles Hospital
Telephone: +44 1624 650128