The aim of this page is to provide you with information regarding the Children’s Speech & Language Therapy Service provided by Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust. It will give you information to help you understand and appropriately access the service on behalf of your young patients.

Speech and Language Therapy Mission Statement and Scope of Practice

“To provide evidence based services that anticipate and respond to the needs of individuals who experience speech, language, communication or swallowing difficulties.

Speech & Language Therapy works in partnership with these individuals and their families and with other professions and agencies to reduce the impact of these often isolating difficulties on people’s wellbeing and their ability to participate in daily life” ( Communicating Quality 3 RCSLT 2006)

Who are we?

Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) are allied health professionals (AHP). We are required to be registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC). Our professional body is the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (RCSLT).

SLTs are the lead experts regarding communication and swallowing disorders. SLTs lead on the assessment, differential diagnosis, intervention and management of individuals with communication and swallowing disorders. Trained Speech & Language Therapy assistants also work within the service. Our team work closely with parents, carers and other professionals.

Where do we work?

Speech and Language Therapists and Assistants in Coventry work in these locations:

  • community health centres
  • children’s wards at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire
  • nurseries
  • mainstream schools
  • specialist units attached to mainstream schools
  • special schools
  • homes
  • specialist early years provisions
  • specialist care provisions
  • Our team base is at Paybody building, c/o City of Coventry Health Centre.

Who do we work with?

The Speech and Language Therapy team work with babies, children and young people who have difficulties with:

  • Speech
  • Language
  • Stammering
  • Voice
  • Feeding & swallowing

These difficulties could be, but are not always, linked with:

  • mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
  • physical disabilities
  • hearing impairment
  • cleft palate
  • autism
  • head injury
  • degenerative conditions

How do we work?

All children and young people accepted to the service will be offered an assessment with a Speech & Language Therapist. Following assessment and diagnosis, advice will be given and if appropriate children will receive therapy (this could be directly with the SLT or assistant or indirectly through advice/ training given to a parent or a professional who works with the child). Progress is measured against targeted outcomes.

What are the Outcomes?

  • Diagnosis of communication and/ or swallowing disorders
  • Maintenance of optimal communication and / or swallowing abilities
  • Improvement in speech, language , communication abilities of individuals
  • Improved use of existing function
  • Reduction of communication anxiety and avoidance
  • Provision and use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication when oral communication is limited or precluded by a physical condition
  • Improvement in interaction and effective social communication
  • Increased awareness of others about communication and/ or swallowing disorders, intervention and management
  • Improved communication environment
  • Greater opportunities for communication
  • Improvement in the individual’s understanding of the nature and implications of a communication and/ or swallowing disorder.

(CQ3 RCSLT 2006)

How do I refer?

Anyone who knows or works with a child or young person can refer to our service – the referral system is open to all.
Professionals referring on behalf of a parent must obtain the parent/carer’s signature, before the form is sent to us. A referral without parent / carer signature will not be accepted.

Click here to find out how to refer a child.

Please click on the following link to find our contact details

We hope you find this information useful. We look forward to working with you.