Clinical Education

Clinic rooms

The department has a new suite of multi-purpose rooms that we use for clinical practice, teaching and research. Having an on-site clinic enables us to actively promote the integration of theory and clinical practice where theory underpins practice and practice motives research.

Students in our clinic roomWe have three treatment rooms, each of which has viewing and recording facilities. Our observation rooms are used in a number of ways: for clinical teaching, students' clinical practice sessions, and to enable fellow professionals to observe/participate in multi-professional language assessment sessions. The rooms are also used by University staff as a base for their research work where participants can be observed and recorded. The suite includes an office and a small room housing our sizeable collection of assessment materials and study aids that students access for their studies.

We hold regular adult and paediatric sessions as well as specialist fluency clinics for children and adults. All our therapy sessions are part of the local NHS speech and language therapy provision. Clinics are taken by NHS and University staff, and this collaboration between the NHS and the University and between research and clinical practice demonstrates our commitment to the active integration of theory and speech and language therapy practice. This provides our students with a model of good practice and the opportunity to study in an inspiring environment and learn in a practical way how to integrate their classroom experience and theoretical knowledge into their clinical training.

Clinic

The clinic room in useOur clinic represents an enterprising partnership between the University of Reading and the Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust . There is an NHS paediatric community clinic, which serves a designated area around the University borders, through which the clinic has good links with its local GP/HV practices and educational establishments. The premises provide a base for the adult community service for acquired neurological disorders, which has an open referral system from the community adult team. In addition, adult voice referrals are received directly from the Royal Berkshire Hospital specialist voice clinic. The specialist fluency team for adults and children is based here, and as part of its service runs Tuesday evening groups at the University. We have the facilities to be able to provide both individual and group sessions, and are able to offer a range of service delivery options as appropriate to individual client groups.

We offer a University led specialist paediatric Linguistic Assessment Clinic (LAC). Local therapists refer children with complex linguistic difficulties for detailed assessment, analysis and interpretation. The sessions are planned jointly by the final year students under the supervision of Dr Vesna Stojanovik, linguist, and Allison Biddle, speech and language therapist, who is also the session therapist.

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