Better Care

About Us

In Birmingham, we recognise that the most fundamental life skill for children is the ability to communicate. It impacts on their ability to learn, to develop friendships and on their life chances.

As a team, we aim to place children and young people at the heart of delivering evidence based speech and language therapy services. We aim to develop and deliver evidence –based functional interventions in partnership with children and young people, their families and others around them.

We recognise that Birmingham is a vibrant and diverse city and as such work to ensure that all elements of our service offer culturally and linguistically appropriate support.

The Speech and Language Therapy service values multilingualism and the positive advantages of using your home language with children.  We are able to work alongside interpreters and are able to access a diverse range of languages. Should you or the families you work with need an interpreter please let us know the languages spoken in the home environment on the referral form and/or at the time of booking an appointment. 

Who we are

Our NHS Core SLT Service consists of a large team of committed speech and language therapists, assistants and student speech and language therapists working across the whole city of Birmingham.  Wherever you are there will be a Speech and Language Therapy clinic/service near you.

All of our speech and language therapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. As a service we are committed to ensuring we are providing evidence-based high quality support and interventions. Within our service we have a number of advanced practitioner speech and language therapists who develop and support our team in key specialist areas, through clinical supervision.

We are committed to contributing to the development of the next generation of Speech and Language Therapists (SLT) and actively support the training of SLT students. SLT students/trainees work under the guidance and supervision of senior SLTs and are involved in all aspects of our work. 

In addition, the BCHC Plus Speech and Language Therapy Service supplements the NHS ‘core’ SLT service funded by local health commissioners.  BCHC Plus offers a portfolio of additional clinical support and training which schools and other settings can purchase specifically to meet the needs of children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.  For more information and details about this service please visit their website.

What types of difficulty do we see?

We work with children aged 0-19 years (up to 19 only if in full-time special school education) who are registered with a Birmingham GP or who attend a Birmingham school.

We see children with a range of speech language and communication needs and/or children with eating and drinking difficulties. Some children will have other difficulties and some children will have no other difficulty associated with their speech and language need.

Below are some examples of the areas we work with:

  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Deafness and hearing impairment
  • Down syndrome
  • Developmental language disorder
  • Early language difficulties
  • Stammering
  • Voice
  • Speech sound disorders
  • Eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties

This list is by no means exhaustive. See further pages for more details about some of the difficulties mentioned above.

How we work

Across Birmingham, our Speech and Language Therapists work with parents/carers, early years settings, nurseries, academies and schools to support children and young people with identified speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

We know that working with children and families on an individual basis is only a small part of the support a child may need. Speech, language and communication happen throughout the day, everyday. We recognise that one of the best ways of helping your child is to support them to develop speech, language and communication skills for life on a daily basis in real time communication situations. Helping them to talk at the times and in the places they want and need to talk.

When working with parents, carers, teaching staff and other key people, we want to enable children with SLCN to:

  • express themselves, be understood by others and be able to understand what others say to them;
  • be able to participate in everyday communication activities that are important to them and their families;
  • be involved in decisions that affect them.

We want to help families of children with SLCN to:

  • understand their child’s needs and have the knowledge and skills to support their child’s speech, language, communication and/or eating and drinking development.

We want to help teaching staff and key people in the child’s education/learning setting to:

  • understand, respond to and support children’s speech, language, communication and eating & drinking needs.