Specialist Staff

There are a number of staff with particular specialist roles who can assist patients with communications. These include Speech and Language Therapists, learning disability liaison nurses and link workers from the Minority Ethnic Health Inclusion Service.

Speech and Language Therapists

Speech and Language Therapists work with people of all ages to enable them to communicate to the best of their ability.

Children or adults may have:

  • difficulty producing and using speech
  • difficulty understanding lanaguage
  • difficulty using lanaguage

These difficulties may be due to a range of factors e.g.

  • Developmental delay or disorder
  • Autism
  • Learning disability
  • Physical disability
  • Progressive/ neurological disorders e.g. parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease
  • Head injury
  • Dementia
  • Stroke

Learning Disability Liaison Nurses

These specialist nurses work with patients and their carers and with staff to ensure people with learning disabilities receive the care they need while in hospital. They advise staff on the best way to communicate with individual patients. Carers play an especially important role in advising staff on the particular communication methods used by individual patients.

Minority Ethnic Health Inclusion Service

These staff work mainly in community care and provide advice and support to people from minority ethnic groups including refugees and asylum seekers.

Last Reviewed: 01/06/2011