Recognition for speech therapy team

Pictured are Mike Carlin. Xophie Hooper. Kirsty Peters. Janie Scott from NHS Tayside Children and Young People Speech and Language Therapy Team with their Giving Voice Award 2016

Pictured are Mike Carlin. Xophie Hooper. Kirsty Peters. Janie Scott from NHS Tayside Children and Young People Speech and Language Therapy Team with their Giving Voice Award 2016

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A speech and language therapy team of nine from NHS Tayside has been presented with a joint Giving Voice Award by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

The accolade recognises their efforts in raising awareness of the cost-saving, life-transforming work of their profession. The team consists of Rebecca Webster, Kirsty Peters, Katrine Smith, Xophie Hooper, Annie McWilliams, Sophie Gough, Lori Hutton, Sarah Gallagher and Maria Kelly.

Harnessing the power of social media, the team transformed its service’s public profile by delivering quality, highly accessible advice for parents, carers and allied health professions about children and young people’s communication needs.

Whilst their campaign emphasises the importance of early intervention and prevention and reflects the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act, it also empowers the public by providing them with useful and practical information.

RCSLT CEO, Kamini Gadhok MBE, says: “We’re delighted to recognise the group’s collective achievements with a Giving Voice Award. The judges were impressed with the team’s creative and collaborative approach to working in partnership with other organisations to achieve public awareness for their service and their ability to use modern technology to increase their audience share.”

Speech and language therapist, Kirsty Peters, added: “We’re delighted to accept this award on behalf of the speech and language therapy team at NHS Tayside. One of the main reasons our project has been so successful is because we’ve had so many valuable contributions from colleagues across Perth and Kinross, Dundee and Angus. A huge thank you to all involved – and to the RCSLT for recognising our efforts.”

Commenting on the award, Tayside Children and Young People Allied Health Lead, Morag Dorward, said: “I’m delighted and proud of the social media speech and language therapy team.

“Their work has been recognised to be of high quality and well organised, working in partnership with a number of local and national partners to raise awareness of speech, language and communication needs and to provide high quality information. Their team work in development of their Twitter, Facebook and website has been admirable.”