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: Cath Mattison – Sam and Sally’s lockdown adventures

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: Kate Burgess and Cathy Johnston – Chattertime LIVE!

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

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

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: Roxanne Kent – Will remote therapy stick?

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

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

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

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

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: Claire Elliott-Purdy – Shock to the system

After being redeployed to the COVID-19 frontline, Claire Elliott-Purdy struggled with PTSD. Read the full story.

Case 10: Marianne McGrath – Facts from the frontline

Marianne McGrath shares the results of a COVID-19 data analysis undertaken at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s intensive therapy unit. Read the full story.

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

Independent SLTs Hayley Greatorex and Sophia Parinchy share their experience of working through the first phase of the pandemic. Read the full story.