How SLTs are responding to COVID-19: case studies

These case studies demonstrate how some SLTs have met the challenges brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, offered in the spirit of sharing practices and ideas that other SLTs may find helpful.

Case 1: Sam and Sally’s lockdown adventures – Cath Mattison

Cath Mattison, an SLT from New Barn School, developed a puppet show to help children with autism understand what was happening during the pandemic and first lockdown, incorporating current news and guidelines via Zoom. Read the full story.

Case 2: Chattertime LIVE! – Kate Burgess and Cathy Johnston

The Evelina London NHS Children’s Community Speech and Language Therapy team virtually converted their in-person therapy at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read about how they did it.

Case 3: Be calm. Stay wise. Be kind – Pauline Downie

Pauline Downie shares the response of NHS Lanarkshire’s speech and language therapy service to the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. Download the full story from the May 2020 issue of Bulletin (PDF).

Case 4: When a sprint becomes a marathon – Dr Sally Archer and Claire Twinn

Dr Sally Archer and Claire Twinn on the race to build and sustain the COVID-19 response at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Read the story from the May 2020 issue of Bulletin (PDF).

Case 5: Will remote therapy stick? – Roxanne Kent

Roxanne Kent wonders whether SLTs will continue to deliver remote rehabilitation therapy after the pandemic. Read the article from the August 2020 issue of Bulletin (PDF).

Case 6: The iCafe group catch up – Erika Mangialardi and Sarah Murphy

Student SLTs Erika Mangialardi and Sarah Murphy share an innovative approach to supporting people with aphasia while furthering their own learning. Read the article from the September 2020 issue of Bulletin (PDF).

Case 7: Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Paediatric speech and language therapy team – Claudine Milligan

SLT Claudine Milligan describes how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected her speech and language therapy team. Read Claudine’s case study.

Case 8: Why does the impact of COVID-19 feel so hard for many speech and language therapists? – Lorraine Britton

COVID-19 has changed the way most people work, but especially speech and language therapists. Lorraine Britton from Trent Regional Cleft Network discusses why the impact of COVID-19 is so hard on SLTs. Read Lorraine’s case study.

Case 9: Shock to the system – Claire Elliott-Purdy

After being redeployed to the COVID-19 frontline, Claire Elliott-Purdy struggled with PTSD. Read Claire’s story (PDF) in the December 2020 issue of Bulletin.

Case 10: Facts from the frontline – Marianne McGrath

Marianne McGrath shares the results of a COVID-19 data analysis undertaken at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s intensive therapy unit. Read Marianne’s story (PDF) in the December 2020 issue of Bulletin.

Case 11: Life in lockdown – Hayley Greatorex and Sophia Parinchy

Independent SLTs Hayley Greatorex and Sophia Parinchy share their experience of working through the first phase of the pandemic. Read Hayley and Sophia’s story (PDF) in the December 2020 issue of Bulletin.