Location: South Central
Speciality: Paediatric Early Years
Speciality: Adult Acute
The Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board in south Wales has hosted a careers day to show potential recruits what a career in speech and language therapy would have to offer.
Hosted by speech and language therapists employed by the board, the event took place at Neath Port Talbot Hospital, with a range of workshops, presentations and videos.
In addition, several patient stories were also featured, giving their perspective on the treatment they received and how this helped them to improve their speech. This included both adults and children.
Discussing the event, therapist Lowri Roberts said: "The videos covered several areas of speech and language therapy including development and the role of prevention in the early years, dysfluency, cleft lip and palate, swallowing difficulties and the needs of stroke patients."
The therapists were also available to discuss their work with students, explaining how they are based in a range of work settings from hospitals and clinics to schools and home settings.
Another therapist, Jane Ahearn, declared the day a major success. She revealed that students in attendance had given lots of positive feedback and had found the event an eye-opener that had taught them plenty about the profession, as well as them being "inspired" by the "passion" shown by speech therapists for their work.
She remarked: “Many of those who attended were previously unaware of the diversity of client groups and specialisms that can be pursued as a speech and language therapist.”
The board has also made information available on its speech and language therapy services page for those seeking a career in the profession, and is now open for bookings to a repeat event next year.
ABMU's speech therapists work with a range of diagnostic groups, including those with conditions such as cerebral palsy, head injuries, hearing impairments and progressive neurological conditions such as motor neurone disease and Parkinson's Disease.
Written by Martin Lambert
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