Stoke Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Team scoop third national award in a month

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Stoke Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Team scoop third national award in a month
30 April 2018

Janet Cooper, clinical lead for paediatric speech and language therapy at Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust (SSOTP) and her team of speech and language therapists have won another major UK award for work with a city-wide project called ‘Stoke Speaks Out’.

The Faculty of Public Health and Public Health England award for contributions to public health, part of the prestigious Advancing Healthcare awards programme, was presented on Friday 20 April and comes only four weeks after the team won two national awards at the Pearson’s Clinical UK ‘Shine a Light’ awards.

Stoke Speaks Out is a multi-agency project provided by SSOTP and commissioned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council. The project was founded in 2004 with the aim of reducing health inequality by tackling the high incidence of delays in children’s speech and language development in Stoke-on-Trent.

In addition Stoke Speaks Out takes a lead role in ‘school readiness’ and in the first year of the School Readiness programme, launched in 2016, 4,130 children were screened with only 35 per cent being on track or ahead with language. 10 months later and following input from the team this figure had risen to 54 per cent.

The Faculty of Public Health and Public Health England award judging panel commended the Stoke Speaks Out team and its success, saying; “The impact of this project is lifelong and can benefit the whole community.”

Speaking about the team’s recent run of award success, Janet Cooper, clinical lead for the service said; “Whilst at the Advancing Healthcare award ceremony we were in the company of eminent Allied Healthcare Professionals so it was an honour and privilege to be announced as the award winner.

“As a team we are absolutely delighted to have won another award and we share our success with the children and families across Stoke-on-Trent who are benefiting from Stoke Speaks Out, which year on year continues to flourish and thrive.”

Neil Carr, Chief Executive of the Partnership Trust added; “The success of Janet and her team is awe inspiring and a credit to the Trust. We are all incredibly proud of the team and hope that their approach to supporting children will continue long into the future as it is making a considerable difference to child development within the city of Stoke-on-Trent.”

Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for education and economy said; “Building up a child’s speech and language in early life, before they begin school, is essential to get the best from their school experience. Research has shown that children, who have a good command of language when they enter school, retain the ability to progress to their best potential. This is why supporting speech and language is so important from the very beginning. Here is Stoke-on-Trent we have the best possible team giving the best possible support to all of our children. I am so proud of the team and the way that the whole city has worked together to support the speech and language needs of our future generation. Well done to all.”