|Update from SALT service
At the start of the new academic year, we thought we would write to update you regarding the Speech and Language Therapy support for the 2022-2023 academic year.
As most of you will know, we had a significant level of vacancy during the previous academic year which meant we had to adapt our usual service model of having a core, allocated therapist for each school, instead working as a team to support the needs of your school and the children within the school. We were incredibly grateful for your support and understanding last year.
We are pleased to inform you that we have had some success with recruiting to our vacant posts but we continue to have a level of vacancy that means we are unable at this time to return to allocating therapists to schools and we will therefore continue to work as a team to deliver the Speech and Language Therapy support.
For term 1 i.e. between now and the October half term, the priorities for the Speech and Language Therapy team will be:
- To complete outstanding EHCP requests that were received during July and August. As a service we continued to receive a high number of requests for advice over the summer break. For children who are not currently on our caseload, we will therefore be asking for your input and support to identify if an assessment is required, then booking this in if it is. For children who are already known to us, we will be in touch to arrange an assessment date.
- To complete assessments/reviews for pupils with forthcoming annual reviews, particularly those who may not have been seen for a while. We are aware of a few of these children but if you have more, please do let us know so we can support you in a timely manner.
- To complete planning meetings with all schools. We will be using a similar booking system to last year as this seemed to work well for the majority of schools and we hope to begin to send the invites out over the next week or so.
- To continue to respond to requests for support, advice and help that come in via email. We kindly request that you send any requests to the WAMSchoolsSALT@berkshire.nhs.uk address; this will enable us to respond in a timely manner.
We have also been hard at work developing a training package that will include delivery of ‘live’ online training alongside pre-recorded video training and we are excited to be able to share this with you in the near future.
Thank you again for your support, if you have any queries or comments, please let us know using this email address and we will be in touch soon to ask you to book in for a caseload planning meeting.
CYPIT School Age Operational Lead - East