Hannah works for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust in the Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) Service. Alongside Sarah Spray, she has been acting as the link between Talk Derby, which provides a universal and targeted level of support for speech, language and communication, and the SLT service, which provides the specialist level of support.
Hannah says: “As an SLT service we are key stakeholders in the project – the project impacts on our work and vice versa. We were keen to work together to enable the project and the level SLT service delivery to dovetail together.
“I would like to see this joined up working create a level of universal and targeted level support across the city that will enable children to develop the fundamental speech, language and communication skills they need to access life chances more equitably.
“This provides a stable foundation for the SLT service to deliver the specialist level support to those children who need additional support for specific difficulties with speech, language or communication.”
Speech, language and communication is important to Hannah as she believes these skills are key to accessing so many life opportunities.
She adds: “From accessing the curriculum, which is largely delivered through words, to applying for and working successfully in a job, making friends, accessing social activities, even doing the shopping. Speech, language and communication skills enable you to ask for help, to work with others to achieve a goal, or to tell people about your ideas. Without it, people can feel trapped.”
Hannah became an ambassador for TALK Derby because she knows it’s vital the SLT service continues to have strong links with the project to support its work, and vice versa. This way the children of Derby experience a more joined up approach to managing speech, language and communication.