Meet the WMSLT Team
The company was founded in 2005 and a small number of staff worked across a handful of schools in the West Midlands.
As awareness of Speech and Language Difficulties grew and schools became more autonomous in their commissioning powers, so the company grew and became incorporated in 2014. It is led by Helen Langbourne and Michelle Turner, both Speech and Language Therapists, with a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors.We both qualified in the Mid 90’s from BCU and have been working within the Midlands since this time.
The company has grown rapidly since its modest beginnings to a well-respected and well-established provider of quality SLT services to schools.
The WMSLT Directors
Full Statement: I qualified as a Speech & Language Therapist in 1995 and spent my first 10 years of practice working within the NHS in Worcestershire and Birmingham. In 2005, I became an independent practitioner working within mainstream and special primary schools.
Since this time, I have developed a wide range of clinical skills working within primary and secondary schools with children who have; learning difficulties, specific language impariment, dyspraxia, phonological difficulties and communication difficulties associated with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
I have been involved in the development of several assessment tools and communication resources for school staff and have a keen interest in working with educators to transfer and share skills to help support children in school with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)
Full Statement: I qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in July 1996. Since this time, I have worked in the NHS and as an Independent Practitioner. I specialise in working with children and young adults who have Special Educational Needs. This has included working closely with children who have physical difficulties, an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or learning difficulties.
I was registered as an Intermediary in January 2004 (certified by the Inns of Court School of Law) and since then I have supported many vulnerable witnesses in the judicial system.
I am a regional Makaton signing tutor (qualifying in April 1999) and also specialise in Augmentative and Alternative systems of Communication (AAC). I am experienced in using several different symbol systems, to support somebody’s communication and I also hold a postgraduate qualification in Paediatric Dysphagia (swallowing disorders).
We have a growing number of highly skilled staff who work within our Pre-school, Primary, Secondary and SEN Teams. Four highly skilled and experienced members of the team have the Service Lead Responsibility for the teams
Meet Our Senior Clinicians
WMSLT consider it extremely important to carefully match a therapist to a client or school based on clinician expertise, personalities, the specific needs of the client (school or individual) and of course, budget. Our large diverse team of clinicians consisting of SLT Assistants, Newly Qualified staff, Junior staff and Senior Speech and Language Therapists and an Occupational Therapist and qualified Sensory Integration Practitioner enable us to do just that. Meet the Team!
Meet our Junior SLTs, Newly Qualified SLTs and SLT Assistants
Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT)
The RCSLT is the professional Body for the Speech & Language Therapy Profession. The staff at WMSLT are all proud members of the body and all the work it completes on behalf of its members. Membership provides staff with regular continued professional develop opportunities, a forum for clinical networking and a wealth of information regarding developments in the profession and wider Speech and Language Therapy Community.
WMSLT Service provide a senior staff representative to sit in on the RCSLT Hub England forum in London 3 times per year and play an instrumental role with the local West Midlands RCSLT Hub, in respect of sharing information from Hub England, promoting the work of the professional body and planning CPD events for all Clinicians working in the West Midlands. For further information about RCSLT please visit www.rcslt.org
More WMSLT Partnerships
I CAN Charity
I CAN is the children’s communication charity. The charitable body provide an invaluable service to children with communication difficulties, their families and educators. This includes providing information about SLCN, providing support or signposting for support, communication resources, specialist school provision and training for staff working with children who have communication difficulties and their families. WMSLT hold a licence to run many of the I CAN training programmes to include Early Talk, Primary Talk, Talk Boost KS1 and Talk Boost KS2. For further information about our training events or to make a training request please visit the training page of the website. For further support with SLCN from I CAN, please visit www.ican.co.uk
The Communication Trust (TCT)
The Communication Trust is a is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations working together to support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication. The TCT provide a wealth of information, resources and CPD opportunities. Their resources include the Speech, Language and Communication Framework which is free online professional development tool, accessible to all, which sets out the skills and knowledge that everyone working with children and young people should have in order to support children and young people’s speech, language and communication (SLC). The TCT have also developed communication friendly checklists and the widely used Progression Tools for use in pre-school and school age settings. These resources have been instrumental in many settings and have enabled educators across all ages to address communication needs at a universal and targeted level. The communication trust work tirelessly in partnership with professional across the country to advocate the needs of individuals with communication needs and one way they do this is through Language Leaders. WMSLT have a number of Language Leaders within the team continuing their good work by spreading the word.
Birmingham City University (BCU)
WMSLT regularly support the clinical education of undergraduate speech and language therapists in partnership with BCU. The students work alongside our clinicians in nurseries, schools and in clinic within our children and parents service, developing their skills to provide quality provision for the future generations of children and young adults with SLCN.
Quality & Standards
All WMSLT therapists are registered with HCPC (Health and Care Professionals Council). By law, people must be registered with HCPC to work in any of the 16 health and care professions they regulate. This includes speech and language therapists.
What does HCPC do?
• Set standards for the professionals they regulate
• Publish and maintain a Register of the health and care professionals who meet these standards
• Monitor and approve education and training programmes
• Act if there are serious concerns about an individual on the Register
We strive to develop the clinical knowledge and skills of staff as well as being a responsible employer. WMSLT are committed in developing the following roles:
• Service Development Lead for Pre-school Settings
• Service Development Lead for Primary Schools
• Service Development Lead for Secondary Schools
• Clinical Leads for Dysfluency, Learning difficulties/Special Provision/AAC, Selective Speakers, Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), Autistic Spectrum Disorders/Condition
• Lead in Students/Newly Qualified Practitioners
• Mental Health First Aider
MAINTAINING QUALITY AND STANDARDS
We ensure that quality and standards are maintained in a variety of ways:
• Written reports are audited annually
• Contact settings at least once a term to ask for feedback
• Gather outcome information from therapists on a termly basis to determine how targets have been achieved in each setting (Totally, Partially and/or Not Achieved). This information is communicated with each setting via a termly evaluation report
• Meet directly with WMSLT staff on a regular basis including completing a Professional Develop Review (Appraisal) twice yearly
• Provide staff with regular opportunities to further develop professional knowledge and skills (providing ongoing CPD)
All WMSLT staff are DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked and must complete mandatory training in:
• Safeguarding Children in Health and Social Care
• The Prevent Duty
Staff are expected to follow safeguarding guidelines set in each individual setting.
All WMSLT Speech and Language Therapy staff, who work in schools, are employed. As a result, WMSLT deduct PAYE and National Insurance at source.