Supporting our newly qualified workforce: practical solutions for clinicians, managers and CENs


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In response to concerns from both newly qualified practitioners (NQPs) and NHS managers and supervisors about how to support NQPs to develop their knowledge skills and experience, we have developed a workshop session.

We are aware that the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impact on the learning opportunities for speech and language therapy students. As a result, NQPs may feel unprepared or lack confidence when starting their first job.

This workshop will be chaired by Kamini Gadhok MBE and feature presentations from:

  • Dr Camilla Dawson, consultant speech and language therapist – dysphagia and altered airways, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sarah Wallace, consultant speech and language therapist, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Emma Jordan, specialist speech and language therapist
  • Emily Hanks, speech and language therapist (stroke and older persons’ unit), Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Learning aims

By attending this event, delegates will:

  • Hear from NQPs about the challenges and opportunities they have faced completing competencies during the pandemic.
  • Hear from SLT service managers on their experiences in supporting NQPs and how these could be applied by supervisors and service leaders.
  • Talk to practicing clinicians about ways to support with competencies.
  • Discuss practical opportunities and solutions to deal with current challenges.
  • Hear how as a CEN member you can help and support NQPs develop their practical skills and confidence.

Download the event programme (PDF).